Cost-Cutting Cited in Loose Plane Seats

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  1. NYCUA1K

    NYCUA1K Gold Member

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    Cost-Cutting Cited in Loose Plane Seats

    Last month, American Airlines grounded dozens of Boeing 757 airliners after passenger seats came loose on four flights. Just a few weeks earlier, another American plane, a Boeing 767, was grounded after a problem was reported with the installation of some seats, though in that case no seats actually came loose.

    Why the seat problems?

    American, like other carriers, is in the midst of reconfiguring its coach section to give more leg room to some economy seats. To get the extra space, it is creating three rows instead of four. The airline then charges more for the seats, which it calls Main Cabin Extra.

    But the airline, in trying to cut costs during bankruptcy, hired outside maintenance companies this summer for the first time to modify its cabins. And airline documents show that those workers did not understand how to properly install the seats.

    The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation into the seat problems.

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    Funny, just read this and I'm stuck on a 757 v1 (old sucker) right now... Maintenance issues and the flight is currently 2 hours and 15 minutes late. Woo hoo!! Was supposed to leave at 9 eastern. Flight 611, MIA- DFW for those who may be curious.
     
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    Quick update, this flight was scheduled for departure at 9:00 PM and did not leave until 11:39 PM. Arrived in DFW at 1:36 AM (11:10 PM scheduled). Needless to say, it was a long day and a late night.
     

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