Samoan airline introduces ‘XL’ class


A tiny Samoan airline says it will introduce an “XL” class for supersized passengers, featuring extra-wide rows and special ramps to help them reach their seats.

Samoa Air already pioneered a world first late last year, when it began charging passengers fares based on how much they weigh, rather than a set price for each seat.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Langton said the measure had proved a success and the airline now planned to provide a special service so passengers weighing more than 130 kg could travel in greater comfort.

He said rows in the new class had been extended to make them 30 to 35 cm wider, with customized ramps introduced to make access to them easier.

“It’s sort of like a three-seat couch,” Langton said.