US Airways to add premium seats to regional jet fleet

US Airways to add premium seats to regional jet fleet

Business travelers flying on regional jets operated by US Airways will soon be able to enjoy premium seating, as the carrier will be adding first class seating to many of the smaller planes in its fleet, according to a press release.

The airline will be installing first class cabins on 110 of its regional jets, including Embraer 170 and 175 and Canadair Regional Jet 700 and 900 aircraft. Planes equipped with the new premium seats will first enter commercial service this coming October, while the remainder will take to the skies by the end of January 2012.

Passengers who fly in the new first class cabins, which will have a 1-2 seating arrangement, can take advantage of a range of amenities, including priority check-in and security lines, early boarding, free alcoholic drinks, complimentary snacks, a pillow and a blanket.

"With the installation of First Class on US Airways' Express partner aircraft we're able to offer our First Class customers seamless, same-class service to the more than 85 destinations these aircraft serve," said Andrew Nocella, the senior vice president for marketing and planning at US Airways. "This will also offer our Dividend Miles Preferred members complimentary upgrades on nearly 640 more flights each day."

By Arnold Meyer

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