Bye bye, reclining plane seats

PASSENGERS will no longer be able to lean back and relax on some British Airways flights as the airline seeks to slash ticket prices.

The airline will fit non-reclining seats on 35 planes set to fly economy on short haul routes this year.

The change could leave the airline's elite status at risk, as it emulates budget airlines.

Passengers have already complained the airline is closely emulating budget competitors since the appointment of chief executive Alex Cruz in 2015, who formerly ran Spain's low-cost Vueling carrier.

British Airways will fit the seats on its new fleet of 35 Airbus A320neos and A321neos, which will come into service later this year.

A British Airways spokesman said: "As well as new long-haul aircraft, we have 35 brand new short-haul planes arriving over the next five years.

A British Airways plane takes to the skies. Picture: Eric Salard
A British Airways plane takes to the skies. Picture: Eric Salard

"We are installing at-seat power throughout the aircraft and will soon offer on-board Wi-Fi.

"The new aircraft will have brand new seats set to a gentle recline to ensure everyone in the cabin enjoys a comfortable journey.

"These changes will also allow us to offer more low fares to customers."

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

Topics:  air travel travelling

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