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How Many Economy Seats Are in a Business Class Seat?

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Here's a head scratcher: What do you get when you take away one business class seat? Three economy seats, of course!

The math comes from an announcement that Delta Air Lines is drastically reducing business-class seating from its aircraft. On an unspecified number of B777 planes, 23 economy seats will squeeze into space formerly taken up by only seven premier seats. On B767s, Delta will scrap twelve seats from the business class cabin.

The T+L Take? Hopeful business class passengers will find it harder to secure that upgrade. Meanwhile, economy flyers won't notice much of a change, other than a few more neighbors jockeying for overhead space.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure, and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow him on Twitter at @pschles08.

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