Allegiant Air to Set New Record for Tight Seating?

Allegiantmd80b According to this story, Allegiant plans to increase the seats in its MD-83 planes from 150 at present up to 166 seats.

Currently the planes have thirty rows, each of five seats.  Adding 16 more seats would be three extra rows, plus one mystery additional seat to be added who knows where.

Let's think how this would work.  As you can see on Seat Guru, there are 22 rows of seats in front of the fixed emergency exit row seating, and five rows of seats behind, one row of which is also somewhat fixed due to the exit doors behind it.

It seems probable that all three extra rows of seats (let's forget about the mystery one extra seat) go in the front part of the plane.  And let's say that Allegiant takes out the lavatory and galley up front, which probably represents about 40 linear inches of space.

With the current seat pitch being a small 30", that means there is 22 x 30" + 40" + say 10" of leg room in front of row 1 at present; a total of 710".  Adding three more rows means 710/25 = 28.4" for the seat pitch.

No other US airline has less than 30" of seat pitch in its jets, and only Alaska/Horizon goes below that (to 29") for some of the seating on its short haul Q400 turbo-prop planes.

Only one other airline in the world has a seat pitch of less than 29" – the UK discount airline, Monarch.

Now about that mysterious one extra seat they are adding.  No – surely not?  Could it be they are now selling the jump seat in the cockpit, too?!

1 thought on “Allegiant Air to Set New Record for Tight Seating?”

Leave a Reply

Scroll to Top
Scroll to Top

Free Weekly Emailed Newsletter

Usually weekly, since 2001, we publish a roundup of travel and travel related technology developments, and often a feature article too.

You’ll stay up to date with the latest and greatest (and cautioned about the worst) developments.  You’ll get information to help you choose and become a better informed traveler and consumer, how to best use new technologies, and at times, will learn of things that might entertain, amuse, annoy or even outrage you.

We’re very politically incorrect and love to point out the unrebutted hypocrisies and unfairnesses out there.

This is all entirely free (but you’re welcome to voluntarily contribute!), and should you wish to, easy to cancel.

We’re not about to spam you any which way and as you can see, we don’t ask for any information except your email address and how often you want to receive our newsletters.

Newsletter Signup - Welcome!

Thanks for choosing to receive our newsletters.  We hope you’ll enjoy them and become a long-term reader, and maybe on occasion, add comments and thoughts of your own to the newsletters and articles we publish.

We’ll send you a confirmation email some time in the next few days to confirm your email address, and when you reply to that, you’ll then be on the list.

All the very best for now, and welcome to the growing “Travel Insider family”.