One of the things I love about the A320 series in comparison to the Boeing 737 series is the personal space you have in the cabin. And we’re talking seat widths here with Airbus cabin 7 and 1/2 inches wider that the Boeing equivalent allowing up to 18″ wide seats installed in blocks of two pairs of three.
Well Airbus is pushing a new seating option for installation on planes.
The design is simple: have one larger seat in the isle at 20″, whilst reducing the centre seat and window seat to 17″
Old design (3 – 3 equally)
New design (3 – 3 with extended C and D seats)
The seats which are designed for “physically larger passengers” could generate $3 million in additional revenue over a 15-year period according to Airbus.
Airbus head of interiors marketing Zuzana Hrnkova states
“Providing adequate seat width, for those that need it most, improves the travel experience for those sitting close by”
Airbus claims that increasing the aisle seat width by 3in will not intrude on the comfort of other passengers. By cramming smaller seats in, I beg to differ as a 17″ seat on a transcontinental run is NOT my idea of fun.
At the moment, Airbus is marketing this concept to America customers, with a possible eye to rolling out further afield.
For some passengers, this will be great. For the rest of us in Economy crammed into 17″ seats – not so much….