Midwest Airlines Reaffirms Its Claim to the Most Comfortable Coach Seats in the Sky

MILWAUKEE, March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines today reminded travelers that its coach seats are the most comfortable in the sky. The airline, known as “The best care in the air,” is the only domestic carrier that flies entire planes with wide leather seating, no middle seats and generous legroom, according to Scott R. Dickson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

Midwest Airlines Signature Service — provided on flights to business destinations throughout the U.S. — offers a roomy 2-by-2 seating configuration on the airline’s new Boeing 717 aircraft. Specially designed Recaro seats feature lumbar support and adjustable headrests and footrests. The airline’s Saver Service, which is offered on MD-80 series jets that fly from Milwaukee to leisure destinations, features a 2-by-3 seating configuration.

Both Signature and Saver flights provide passengers with extra legroom for increased passenger comfort. Pitch (the distance between seats) averages 33- 34″, depending on aircraft type — significantly more than the 30″ most airlines average in coach class. The interior width of seat cushions on Midwest aircraft is 21″ on Signature flights and 18″ on Saver flights, compared with coach seating that is 17-18″ wide on most airlines.

“We restate our claim to coach seat superiority,” said Dickson. “Not only do we offer more comfortable seats and more legroom than our competitors, we offer it throughout the cabin and throughout our system.”

The flying public consistently rates Midwest Airlines’ seating comfort highly. The well-traveled readers of Travel+Leisure magazine named Midwest Airlines “Best Domestic Airline” in 2004 and for six of the last nine years, while Conde Nast Traveler 2004 Business Travel Awards rated Midwest Airlines “Domestic Airline with the Best Seats.”

Midwest Airlines features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Skyway Airlines, Inc. — its wholly owned subsidiary — operates as Midwest Connect, which offers connections to Midwest Airlines as well as point-to-point service between select markets on regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Together, the airlines offer service to 50 cities. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ .

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