British Airways to Remove Reclining Seats on Short-Haul Flights


Effective this year, passengers on British Airways economy flights less than 4 hours will not be allowed to recline their seats. They will have to adapt to the new non-reclining seats on 35 short-haul flight routes. 


Say goodbye to declining your seats to relax on short-haul flights.

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Image from: British Airways

Passengers of British Airways have complained about  the airline emulating a budget airline concept, which threatens their elite status. 

A spokesperson for the airline has confirmed with The Telegraph that their new fleet of 25 new Airbus A320neo and 10 A321neo planes will come with seats that are “pre-reclined at a comfortable angle, meaning that the customer will not have to recline the seat themselves.” British Airways have yet to give any specific details as to the “comfortable angle” of the pre-reclined seats, but it has been said that the seats will be of a “gentle recline”.

Apart from that, their existing fleets – 62 A320s and 14 A321s, will undergo “re-modification” to install new slim-lined seats over the next 5 years.


Cut Costs and Lower Flight Ticket Prices

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Image from: Live and Let’s Fly

This is the latest move that made the British airline look like it’s competing with budget airlines like Ryanair  the airline that tried coming up with standing up seats in efforts to slash ticket prices.

Last year, British Airways removed in-flight dining and free alcohol on short-haul flights in efforts to cut costs and lower ticket prices. Despite the backlash it has received for their cost-cutting measures, British Airlines says the move allows them to “offer more competitive pricing” to customers.

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Image from: The Flight

However, the non-reclining seats may not be as bad as they sound. A British Airways spokesperson mentioned in a press release:

“We are installing at-seat power throughout the aircraft and will soon offer on-board WiFi…… 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.”

One thing for sure is that you won’t be having anymore rude drops of your tray table due to the abrupt recline of the seat by the passenger in front of you.

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