(CTN News) – In the near future, get ready for the introduction of WILMA, which is the new acronym that United Airlines will be using to describe how passengers will board their aircraft in the near future.
On Oct. 26, the airline will be putting passengers with window seats on the plane first, followed by passengers with middle seats, and those with aisle seats will be seated last.It is still possible for families to board together, however, despite the changes.
It is United Airlines’ name for the process – which stands for window, middle, aisle.
Those who have tickets for economy class, not those with first- and business-class tickets, will only be affected by this change.
Additionally, United Airlines preboarding is still available to people with disabilities, unaccompanied minors, active-duty military personnel, as well as families with children who are 2 years old or younger.
It is expected that the company will assign passengers to one of seven boarding groups, including preboarding, first class, business class, window, exit row, and non-revenue passengers, middle, aisle, and finally, those without a boarding group or basic economy seats.
There are currently up to five boarding groups at the school.
In fact, this is not the first time WILMA has been used. This was a technology that was tested at five airports in 2017 and as expected, it did significantly reduce the boarding time at the airports.
It has been reported by the New York Times that United Airlines expects to save about two minutes on each flight as a result of the change.
As a result, other United Airlines have been adjusting their boarding systems as well.
According to a report by The Washington Post, Southwest Airlines is reducing the number of EarlyBird seats that can be purchased for the upcoming summer vacation season.
The restaurant still has open seating, so anyone can sit wherever they wish in the restaurant if they wish.
In the past, JetBlue used to board back-to-front in order to prevent people from standing in the aisles, and although it disappeared after a while, it did reappear during the COVID-19 pandemic for a time.
It should be noted, however, that most United Airlines load front to back, row by row with priority seating being a benefit for those buying more expensive tickets.