Spirit Airlines Exposed Metal Slimline Seats
Spirit Airlines has taken the low cost carrier model that has proven successful in Europe and Asia and made it their own. With their new bright yellow color scheme and a bit of a sense of humor, I sort of have a strange affection for the airline. At the very least I respect what they are doing. They are a profitable trendsetting company.
Of course, setting trends isn’t always a good thing for customers, or at least for the comfort of customers. I have flown Spirit quite a few times in my life and their seats have never been all that comfortable. Their pitch is famously 28″ and their seats come pre-reclined. With that said, yesterday I had the privilege of flying on their newest seats. Spirit has the bare fare and now the bare metal seat.
A couple of years ago Spirit ordered 5,000 of Acro Aircraft Seating’s “Superlight” seats. Beginning last year these seats began to make it onto new Spirit Airlines aircraft. My flight from Las Vegas to San Diego was on a brand new looking A321 with these seats. They don’t just use these seats on short routes though, my plane was incoming from Detroit to Las Vegas!
The seats are minimal in every way. A small tray table exists to hold a phone or tablet and bungee netting keeps the safety booklet in place. Even the small armrests are light and minimal. Of course, the most noticeable thing about these seats are the bare metal back and the complete lack of padding.
Spirit is perfecting the art of moving people around the country for less money. Some people hate it, but the truth is you get what you pay for. These seats may be minimal and may make you think you are flying on a military transport, but the plane is new and the fare is often significantly cheaper. That is a great value proposition for some people. Now excuse me while I ice my back.
What do you think? Has Spirit taken it too far with this seat or should they push it even further?