US Airways regional jets to have first class seating

US Airways Express will install First Class on its Embraer 170 and 175s, and Canadair Regional Jet 700s and 900s. The initial upgrade will be on the Embraer 175 fleet this coming October. Rework on the remaining three regional jet fleets should be complete by January 2012. The seats will be arrayed in one–two configuration, with one seat on one side of the aisle, and two on the other.

Coach seats on US Airways regional jets offer about 31 inches of seat pitch and the First Class cabins of its newly-outfitted regional jets will sport either 37 inches or 38 inches of pitch.depending on the aircraft model in question.

US Airways has about 150 smaller regional aircraft flying on its behalf that will continue to operate in an all-coach layout.


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