On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines announced a series of changes to its interior, including the addition of 6 seats to their 737-700 aircraft and a reduction in seat pitch offset by a decrease in recline.
The new cabin also features, “recyclable carpet, a brighter color-scheme, and a more durable, eco-friendly, and comfortable low-profile seat that weighs less than the current seat.”
All 372 of the airline’s 737-700 aircraft will be retrofitted with the “Evolve” interior beginning in March 2012. Completion is targeted for 2013, and the interior will also be fitted onto the 737-800s which will begin to arrive on property this year, as well as on the carrier’s plethora of 737 MAX aircraft which are tentatively scheduled for delivery starting in 2017.
The following video is a time-lapse of the first Southwest 737 to be retrofitted.
Read below for the full details of the new cabin.
The Evolution of the New Cabin Interior Improves Customer Experience and Preserves Personal Space
With a continued focus on Customer comfort, Evolve: The New Southwest Interior retrofit enhances the Customer Experience:
- Modern Cabin Design: The new design incorporates natural, earthy tones combined with Southwest’s iconic Canyon blue and clean, aluminum accents for a more modern, fresh appeal. The redesign is inspired by Southwest’s past with a nod to the future.
- Lighter and More Comfortable Seat: The redesigned low-profile seat is more durable, made of eco-friendly products, is lighter, and more comfortable.
- Increased Under-Seat Space: The new design allows for more under-seat room for carryon luggage and approved pet carriers.
- Customer Living Space: Reducing the recline from three inches to two inches preserves onboard personal living space while still allowing for ample seat adjustment for Customer comfort.
- Seatback pockets: The new netted seatback pockets are streamlined to provide more knee room.
- Headrest: The fixed-wing headrest provides better neck and head alignment with side-to-side support for sleeping.
- Improved Ergonomics: The combination of the low-profile cushion and fixed wing headrest improves ergonomics by positioning Customers “down and back” into the seat, allowing for better lumbar support, armrest alignment, and increased personal living space.