Spirit Airlines Installs 'Pre-Reclined' Seats
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
And today's last word in business comes courtesy of Spirit Airlines. The word is pre-reclined. Pre-reclined - that's what the budget carrier is calling the seats on two of its new aircraft. Now that may sound like a comfortable way to fly, but in reality, according to Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper, the seats do not recline at all.
These pre-reclined seats are actually fixed upright seats, which will allow Spirit to squeeze in more passengers and save on costs because non-reclining seats are cheaper. They're no moving parts, less maintenance - all of which, a spokesperson says, leads to lower fares.
Spirit Airlines, which recently introduced fees for carry-on bags, has taken the concept of no frills to new heights. Pre-reclined for a non-reclining chair - that's like saying your crashed plane is pre-landed.
That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.
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