Airline’s new fare guarantees the seat next to you will be empty

May 17, 2019
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Passengers will be guaranteed an aisle or window seat on the first row of the aircraft, with the middle seat left unoccupied. Source: Getty

Having an empty seat next to you on a plane can be the difference between a terrible flight and a relaxing journey.

Now Irish airline Aer Lingus has introduced a new fare — AerSpace — that will guarantee passengers a free middle seat — so you won’t find yourself locked in a battle of the elbows.

Passengers will be guaranteed an aisle or window seat on the first row of the aircraft, with the middle seat left unoccupied “for a roomier and more efficient travel experience”, the airline said in a press release.

For added convenience, passengers will also get a reserved overhead cabin space, lounge access, fast-tracked security, priority boarding and free onboard refreshments.

“We are thrilled to introduce a new fare option which gives greater comfort and convenience to our guests,” Susanne Carberry, director of network revenue and loyalty at Aer Lingus, said.

“At Aer Lingus we are committed to innovating our product offering to meet travellers’ ever-changing needs. AerSpace guests will have reserved seating in row 1 on our most popular routes, leaving the middle seat free and allowing more space to work or simply relax as they fly.”

The new premium travel experience, starting from September, will only be available for select destinations across the UK and Europe. Fares start from €129 (AU$209) each-way.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you pay extra to not have to share an armrest?

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