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United Airlines launches new seat design on aircraft

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) said it has launched a new signature seat design focused on customer comfort and environmental responsibility with a modern look.

The company said it will deploy the new seats on hundreds of aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

United´s new design includes multi-tonal leather seat covers, distinctive double-stitch patterns, sculpted contouring and a new United-branded tag. The seats add more ergonomic and supportive cushioning and additional seat-back storage space in United Economy Plus and United Economy.

New technology makes the seats more environmentally friendly by reducing seat weight and volume, contributing to less fuel burn, the carrier said.

The airline is introducing the new design with a Bombardier (TSX: BBD-B) CRJ700 operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (NASDAQ: SKYW).

United said it expects to deploy the new look on its domestic mainline aircraft and on regional aircraft operated by United Express carriers. Ultimately, United plans the new design to be on more than 60,000 seats on more than 500 aircraft, including, United anticipates, approximately 400 aircraft by 2015.

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