Last updated: 03:34 PM ET, Fri October 09 2015

Why Delta is Removing Seats From 179 Planes

Airlines & Airports | Delta Air Lines | Donald Wood | October 09, 2015

Why Delta is Removing Seats From 179 Planes

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Delta Air Lines is helping make flights easier on its crew members by removing seats from 179 of its airplanes to make more room for attendants.

In a report from Michael Sasso of, the airplanes impacted by the changes will have two or three seats removed in order to make more room in the galleys for employees and to add more storage.

The airline industry has been criticized for the way many companies try to stuff additional seats into planes, but Delta is thinking about the welfare of its workers. Company spokesman Michael Thomas told, “This is an investment to give our flight attendants the room that they asked for, and in turn so they can provide better customer service.”

As Sasso pointed out, Delta will be removing three seats from 69 Airbus Group SE A320 airplanes, and it has changed its order with manufacturer Airbus regarding the 45 additional A321s jets on order.

Delta will also remove two seats from the 65 McDonnell Douglas MD-90s planes currently in service, but the changes in these planes will not be for the attendants, instead the space will be used to provide more storage space.

The changes come as more and more carriers are shifting to slimline seating. The new seat designs use less padding and different shapes to allow airlines to maximize capacity without changing the spacing between rows.

In addition to Delta, Southwest Airlines Co., American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. have also added the new seats in their economy classes.

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