Since 2004, jetBlue has been my favorite airline, and the one I fly the most. So I notice when they change things. Well, it seems like every day now they’re changing the seat pitch in their Airbus A320 aircraft. I decided to do a little research into what the seat pitch has been over the years. Here is what I’ve come up with. (All dates are approximate.)
Prior to November 2003 (source)
Rows 1-27 = 32 inches of seat pitch
Seat pitch was roughly identical for every row on the plane.
November 2003 to February 2007 (source)
Rows 2-10 = 32 inches of seat pitch
Rows 1 and 11-26 = 34 inches of seat pitch
One row of seats was removed from the plane, and 17 rows (mainly in the rear of the plane) received an extra two inches of seat pitch. A trade off was created – sit in the back and get extra legroom, or sit in the front and get off the plane quicker.
February 2007 to March 2008 (source)
Rows 1-11 = 36 inches of seat pitch
Rows 12-25 = 34 inches of seat pitch
Yet another row of seats was removed. This allowed the rows in the front of the aircraft to gain additional legroom, thereby ending the trade off. Sitting in the front of the plane was now a win-win, more legroom and quicker deplaning.
March 2008 to Present (source)
Rows 2-5 and 10-11 = 38 inches of seat pitch (called Even More Legroom™)
Rows 1, 6-9 and 12-25 = 34 inches of seat pitch (called Lots of Legroom™)
Some rows in the front gained legroom, other rows in the front lost legroom, and the rows in the back didn’t change. Now it costs extra to choose to sit in one of the rows with the greatest legroom, whereas previously you could make the choice for free.