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American Airlines Has New Regional Jets That Are Missing Rows Of SeatsAmerican Airlines customers may find themselves on a regional jet with rows of seats missing. Here’s the front of the cabin of an American Eagle Embraer ERJ-175, registration N502SY, operated by SkyWest. This is a new aircraft, just delivered in August 2021, one of 10 10 Embraer E-175 regional jets they’re currently flying for American. (viewfromthewing.com) More...
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So, do they distribute the extra space evenly among all rows so that all passengers can enjoy the comfort of reduced seating? Of course not. There is just a big gap where the seats should have been and the remaining rows are as uncomfortable as ever.
Leg room problem solved.
except it isn't
It is for one row of passengers.
Spacing out the seats to use the extra room destroys to ability to charge an extra fee for seats with more leg room (e.g. Main Cabin Plus). That's not going to happen.
I think I'm misunderstanding your thought...if they were to space out the seats, wouldn't that give them more seats for which they could charge the extra fee for more leg too?
But that assumes there is the demand for the extra legroom (with extra cost) seats. As I'm sure you know, airlines will "upgrade" you into an open premium seat if they can sell "your" regular seat to someone else. If they created more extra legroom seats it would not increase the demand...only the supply. Besides, these planes are not regularly scheduled, so AA can't pre-sell them at premium.