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The idea of packing in seats like an economy airplane cabin was floated a day after Richard Anderson, former Delta Air Lines chief, became president and co-CEO of Amtrak.

July 13, 2017

On Wednesday, outgoing Amtrak Co-chief Executive Wick Moorman revealed to reporters that the rail company is debating replacing its economy class seats with a less comfortable option in an attempt to fit more passengers in.

Amtrak, Moorman said, is currently losing money and needs to think creatively about how to make up the difference.

“We are looking at doing some creative things in terms of creating an economy class," Moorman said at a National Press Club talk in Washington.

While Amtrak reported a record 31.3 million passengers last year, it still had an operating loss of $227 million, Reuters reported.

Moorman added that Amtrak is thinking about shortening the distance between subsequent seats, otherwise known as “seat pitch,” to more closely resemble an airline in an effort to pack more rows into each car.

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"There will be some other things that just don't make it quite as comfortable," Moorman said, though he noted the company is looking into all potential options and has not made any final decisions just yet.

The move to look more like an airline isn’t all that surprising when you consider that Richard Anderson, a former Delta Air Lines chief, became president and co-CEO of Amtrak on Wednesday.

And while no potential measurements were revealed by Amtrak, if Anderson has his way, the seats may be just 31 to 35 inches for economy seats, like those on Delta. Amtrak’s current seat pitch is 42 inches both on the regional and Acela trains.

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