Lufthansa has finally made a song and dance over the Airbus A320neo entering its short to midhaul fleet.
However – from a passenger experiance viewpoint – you might want to avoid it.
Lets compare and contrast – the Airbus A320ceo verses the A320neo
The biggest number to take away is that the A320neo will pack them in with 180 seats installed on the plane, verses the A320 which has 168 seats
Here’s the seat maps (Data Lufthansa)
Lets look deeper.
The main changes appear to be at the back galley, where the toilet modules have been moved into the galley space, allowing more two more rows to be added.
However, these rows at the back of the plane could be the worst to sit in. Whilst the seating on these planes is based on Lufthansa’s Neu Europa Kabin product (which I’ve covered aboard an A320ceo), AeroTelegraph goes through the numbers.
And they make bone-crushing reading.
A320ceo seating is at a tight, but for short hop acceptable 76cm or 30″ seat pitch. The A320neo slices off two more centimetres, and reduces it to 29″ seat pitch in economy.
Business Class passengers get some space back, with an almost 32″ seat pitch aboard the A320neo (hey! remember when 32″ seat pitch was standard…. IN ECONOMY CLASS?)
AirwaysNews did a trip report on the launch flight – and the measurements there are there to see.
Enough to say – there is a space reduction in the plane if you’re in economy class.
Would I choose a Lufthansa A320neo? Only from an aviation curiosity viewpoint. As a passenger, I’d want a A320ceo for more legroom to sit in.
Sadly, as airlines want to sweat their assets as hard as possible by making fly all hours and stuffing as many seats as they can – comfort in shorthaul could well be a thing of the past.
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