Leased EasyJet Plane Will Surprise Passengers This Summer With Legroom for Days

Jul 18, 2019

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To cope with the busy peak summer travel period, EasyJet is leasing a new type of aircraft for some flights from its base at London Gatwick (LGW) — and it’s a big win for passengers. The airline, which usually only operates aircraft from the Airbus A320 family in standard low-cost carrier configurations, is chartering one Embraer E-190 aircraft from German company WDL Aviation for some flights from Gatwick starting 1 August.

Passengers on these flights can expect a noticeably better seat on board these flights. While all other standard EasyJet seats feature only 29 inches of pitch in a 3-3 configuration, these jets are much smaller. Passengers can expect a 2-2 seating configuration in each row. This means every passenger will have either a window or aisle seat, and travelling pairs should be able to select seats together with no neighbours.

(Photo courtesy WDL Aviation)
(Photo courtesy WDL Aviation)

In terms of legroom, it’s even better news. There are 22 ‘standard’ rows of four seats (each in a 2-2 configuration), with most rows having of pitch of between 31 and 33 inches, which will be much more room than the 29 inches EasyJet passengers are used to. But the real delight in these planes is the first three rows, which all feature a whopping 44 inches of legroom. This is significantly more than the likes of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic feature even in their premium economy cabins.

WDL Aviation Embraer E-190 seat map. Image from WDL Aviation

TPG UK contacted EasyJet hoping to find out exactly which destinations/flights would receive the special jet next month, but the airline was tight-lipped. A look through the seat maps of some of the most popular EasyJet destinations like Amsterdam (AMS), Milan (MXP) and Geneva (GVA) unfortunately did not reveal any clues. The airline may not yet have allocated the routes, or it may change them at the last minute.

In addition to the E190 from LGW, EasyJet is also wet-leasing four A320s from Smartlynx. Two will be based at Berlin Tegel (TXL), and who will be based in Milan (MXP).

If you are booking or checking in for a flight from Gatwick next month and see an unusual 2-2 seat map, you will be in for a real treat — especially if you allocate seats in the first three rows, which would be well worth any seat assignment fee.

Featured image by EasyJet.

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