The carrier will first roll out the new three-seat rows beginning in mid-2016, on new Boeing 737-800 deliveries. B/E Aerospace, which designed and engineered the seat row, unveiled the new Southwest Airlines seat-row on April 14 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany.

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Air China, Austrian and Lufthansa will be the first Star Alliance member carriers to install the new economy-class seats on their long-haul fleets. Deliveries of the seats from B/E Aerospace are scheduled to begin in 2012.

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