American Airlines plans to add more seats to its most numerous aircraft – Boeing 737s and MD-80s, according to Aviation Blog at Dallasnews. The two types of aircraft account for nearly two-thirds of the airline’s fleet and more than half of its total seat capacity.
The airline has not yet determined the number of seats that will be added to each aircraft and is still “evaluating the right number of seats and the impact on revenue and cost.”
American’s McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft have 140 seats at present and its Boeing 737-800 aircraft have 148 to 160 seats. Having more than 150 seats in an aircraft will also require a fourth flight attendant in many aircraft as FAA rules require at least one flight attendant per 50 passengers.