American’s new Boeing 737 MAX interior has seats with less space between them than ever before, less recline, and no seat back entertainment. They are installing satellite wifi and bigger overhead bins, but to squeeze in even more seats — they’ve gone from 150 seats to 172 seats on this size aircraft in just four years — they’re shrinking the bathrooms onboard.
One American Airlines pilot describes these lavatories as the most miserable experience in the world. He says he’ll refuse to deadhead on the aircraft to get to his duty assignment.
American’s CEO Doug Parker says the lavatories are Boeing’s fault for offering them as though his airline had no choice. And he says at least they didn’t put the crew rest seat on the lavatory door. See? It could be even worse!
Southwest has similar lavatories on their new 737 MAX planes. And United now does too (United’s President used to be American’s President, natch).
- American is already scheduling these aircraft on cross country routes. It’s one thing to fly three hours Miami – New York, it’s another to fly over 5 hours Washington DC – Los Angeles.
- American is retrofitting hundreds of existing planes to make them worse with this cabin configuration. They call it ‘Project Oasis’.
And The Daily Show has taken notice.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 10, 2018
(HT: @istrakhov who suggests that if The Daily Show is making fun of you for it you ought to question whether you should be doing it in the first place.)