Would you buy an extra half of an airline seat?

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/08/07/would-buy-extra-half-airline-seat/

    Would you buy half a seat on a plane so you wouldn’t have to fight for the armrest?

    That’s what Michael Batt, a former airline executive and founder of Travel Leaders Group[​IMG], has suggested. Batt, who oversees 6,000 travel agencies, was speaking at this week's Global Business Travel Association meeting in San Diego when he floated the idea in a panel discussion on the so-called sharing economy— the business model based around connecting people represented by startups like Airbnb, Uber and ZipCar.

    Batt said airlines could sell half-seats for 50 percent of the fare, so passengers would essentially be buying a seat and a half. It would be a win-win for the airlines and passengers, he noted.

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  2. Mapsmith
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    Why buy half a seat. Let the person in the other seat buy a half and you wind up with the half for free. Or if you want to buy one and a half seats, how much more would Business Class be?

    And if the seats are in a two seat conformation, (like a MD-80 FC) do I get two seats for the price of one and a half?
     
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    Air NZ has tried a couple of variations on this.

    1) At check in pay $x (I can't recall the exact amount - may have been $75?) to get an empty middle seat. NZ would rearrange passengers so that usually both adjacent passengers paid for the empty middle seat.

    2) Sky couch - sets of 3 seats that are available for purchase by 2 passengers in a single booking for a small discount to 3 seats. The seat is also different to allow a couple to lie down together.

    Both these options are cheaper than premium economy of Air NZ, let alone business class.
     
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    That's what 'Premium Economy' is for.
     
  5. davythefatboy

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    Half a seat extra is exactly what you get with "business class" on most intra-Europe flights. No extra leg room, slightly upgraded food, and and the center seat is kept empty. I wouldn't pay for it, but it comes along with Biz class award tix from the US that connect in Europe. I've only been on one Intra-Europe plane with wider seats in Biz class.
     
  6. milchap
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    Which half? :p
     
  7. Parker677

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    Not a very endearing proposition as far as I am concerned.
     
  8. StevenGerrard

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    yes i ll buy extra half if i have a child.
     

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