Southwest plane seats are getting wider

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NEW YORK — Southwest fliers are getting an upgrade without even asking for one.

Economy seats are getting wider on some of the airline’s new planes. In fact, they’ll be the widest economy seats available on any Boeing 737, according to Southwest.

The new seats will also offer some additional leg room, more personal storage and an adjustable headrest.

Southwest will be the first airline to fly Boeing 737 planes with the new seats, which will roll out during 2016.

The seats are also lighter, helping to improve fuel efficiency, Southwest COO Mike Van de Ven said in a statement.

Southwest and Boeing weren’t immediately available to say how much wider the redesigned seats would be.

Seats are 17 inches wide in the economy cabin on current Southwest planes, according to SeatGuru.com. Seats are the same width on 737s flown by Alaska Airlines, but those on American Airlines, United and Delta planes offer 17.2 inch inches of space, according to the website. As a comparison, first class seats are sometimes as wide as 21 inches.

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