Airline denies making fat passengers pay more
Air France is increasing legroom for economy passengers by up to three inches, with the launch of its new short-haul seat.
From 30 January, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft will be fitted with the new seat, which is 40% lighter than conventional aircraft seats.
The airline claims it represents a reduction in CO2 emissions by 5,200 tonnes.
But the airline has come under attack for its seating policy regarding overweight passengers.
Media reports have slammed Air France for making larger passengers pay for a second seat, forcing the airline to issue a statement to the contrary.
"Air France has no intention of making heavier passengers pay for a second seat," said the airline.
"However, Air France plans to make one single change to its service starting 1 February, which is to refund heavier passengers the cost of the second seat in economy they have purchased, if the Economy cabin is not fully booked.
"Since 2005, Air France has been offering heavier passengers the possibility of purchasing a second seat to ensure they travel in optimum comfort and safety. This second seat benefits from a 25% discount."