United announced last year that it will install Recaro’s slimline seats in its Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. Similar Recaro seats are also used by many European airlines such as Lufthansa.
However, domestic flights in the US are considerably longer than most intra-Europe flights and concerns were raised over the comfort level of United’s choice of slimline seats.
United has tried to assure the passengers by announcing that the slimline seats on US flights will have extra comfort features such as multi-directional headrests, added lumbar support, and a different seat bottom cushion with more padding and multiple layers of soft memory foam. The seats will also offer greater knee-space through higher positioning of the seat-back pocket.