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But even JetBlue, Boston’s biggest carrier, has cut legroom in economy to offer more in higher-priced sections. On its Embraer E190 planes, 44 seats that previously had 33 inches of pitch now have 32, enabling the airline to add two higher-priced rows with 38 and 39 inches of pitch.
Sullivan, for his part, is willing to shell out more money for extra legroom if he needs it.
“I just look at it as the cost of doing business,” he said. “If you want to fly, you play by the rules of the game.”