It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane. No, It’s a Shark-themed Plane Without Middle Seats!

Stacey Leasca
November 28, 2018

Traveling certainly comes with plenty of perks. Sure, you get to see the world, visit family and friends in far-flung places, and experience new things. But, there’s one thing that can put a damper on all that good. And that is the downright terrible experience of traveling in the middle seat.

OK, so flying in the middle seat is just about at the bottom of the world’s problems right now, but it still matters to some, and Embraer is catering to those people who simply abhor the middle with its new E190-E2 jets that come with zero middle seats. Ever.

The aircraft manufacturer has been taking its new 2-2 configured plane on a world tour in recent months. And it’s certainly a noticeable plane as it comes decked out with some seriously out of this world great white shark livery.

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Inside, fliers will find that new configuration comes with up to 150 seats, according to the Daily Mail. For those looking for even more space, they can upgrade to the premium cabin, which offered a staggered seat arrangement. The plane also comes with more overhead bin space and larger windows for passengers to peer out of.

"Preserving passenger personal space is the goal," Rodrigo Silva e Souza, vice-president of marketing for Embraer Commercial Aviation, told CNN Travel. Souza noted that the interiors of the new aircraft aim to bring that "wide-body cabin feel" to "give passengers the impression of having greater space, or of being on a larger aircraft."

While the middle seat upgrade is certainly the prime detail, the plane does come with other noteworthy upgrades. According to Embraer, its new aircraft comes with improved fuel efficiency and burns 17 percent less fuel than its predecessor. This, Daily Mail noted, makes it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market.

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Currently, passengers can book flights on the plane with Scandinavian Airlines' regional subsidiary, Widerøe, but, as CNN noted, its largest customer is SkyWest, which is a regional airline affiliate flying with American Airlines, Delta, United and Alaska Airlines. And that means the 2-2 plane will delight frequent fliers throughout the United States soon.

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