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JetBlue Plans Fleet-Wide Coach Upgrade

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JetBlue is making a pitch to make your ride in coach more comfortable, with seats with extensive legroom and free Wi-Fi at every seat. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

JetBlue is getting a lot of mileage out of its new "Mint" class lie-flat seats, set to debut on cross-country flights from New York next June.

For the majority of passengers who won't be stretching out up front comes a welcome makeover in the back of the plane. A fleet-wide coach upgrade is the most extensive taking place on any U.S. domestic carrier.

A spokesperson for Airfare Watchdog, an airfare alert website, says that JetBlue will continue to have the most legroom in standard coach seating, matched only by other airlines that are selling that type of space for a fee.

Stopping short of a fleet-wide refresh, traditional airlines such as American and Delta are slowly improving their standard coach seating on select existing aircraft or as they buy new planes.

To further distinguish itself from its competitors, JetBlue has changed the name of coach to "core" class.

"Every customer on the airplane actually has the most legroom in coach, but for those looking for a little bit more, we offer our Even More Space product," says Don Usellman of JetBlue.

As part of JetBlue's upgrade, its popular free seatback entertainment system will sport a larger screen and a tripling of live TV channels to 100.

Every seat will have a power outlet and, at least in the beginning, free, enhanced, satellite-based Wi-Fi.

The icky, sticky seatback pocket is receiving some well-deserved attention by adding separate pockets and a handy drink holder.

"Core" service will debut before the end of the year on some of JetBlue's new A321s and will be rolled out on the existing fleet in 2014.

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