Alaska Airlines announced Tuesday that all 22 of its new Boeing 737s will contain a new, slimmer seat design intened to provide more legroom for passengers. The seats are made by Recaro Aircraft Seating.
"Recaro's clever design includes a comfortable yet slimmer seatback and bottom and a literature pocket located above the tray table. That means our main cabin customers will enjoy more than an inch of extra legroom with our existing spacing between each row of seats," said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines vice president of marketing.
The new seat will also include six-way adjustable headrests, and will conform to Alaska's standard of three inches of recline capacity. Alaska officials want to ensure customers that a slimmer seatback does not mean less comfort.
Recaro, the seat-maker, is a German-based company whose BL3520 seat model has won multiple design awards.
For the green fliers out there, it's also worth noting that the seats are much lighter than the ones Alaska currently uses. Alaska estimates that the seats will save 8,000 gallons of fuel per year, per aircraft.