When airlines roll out a new cabin design, it’s easy to be wowed by color schemes and amenity kits. But of course there’s a much more important detail for economy passengers to pay attention to: The number of seats.

Qantas Airways announced this week the addition of six seats to its Boeing 737 fleet, which service most of the airline’s short-haul routes within Australia. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s part of a trend towards squeezing more seats into just about every plane in the sky

The aircraft currently have a total of 168 seats, including 12 first class seats and 156 economy. The six new economy seats — added, according to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, by rearranging galleys and restrooms — echo changes recently announced by United Airlines. United managed to add the equivalent of 14 new planes to its fleet by putting more seats in its existing aircraft. Read more…

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Another airline manages to squeeze more seats into its planes