Airbus reconfigures A320 seats for “big” passengers

But this comes at the expense of the width of the other seats

Airline passengers are getting bigger, and this has prompted aircraft manufacturer Airbus to design extra-wide seats for its A320 planes. However, in order for each flight to carry the same number of people, the size of regular economy-class seats has shrunk to accommodate the bigger ones. Instead of having rows of three 18in (45 cm) seats, Airbus is proposing a 20in-wide aisle seat and cutting the width of the other two seats by an inch each. The new measurements would allow airlines to impose an extra charge for the wider seats.
According to some airlines, the most frequent complaint from passengers is being forced to sit next to an overweight person who is intruding into their space. Airbus researcher Nicolas Tschechne comments that the increasing weight of flyers has been “quite dramatic”.
“Passenger size has emerged as a core issue we need to deal with,” he says. “And sitting next to obese passengers is the number one complaint.”
Daily Mail
[pictured: A320 interior; courtesy Cebu Pacific]


Check Also

cruise, port, harbour, Oslo, Norway, halved, ships, turnaround, Per Erik Winther, manager, scandal, number, terminal, Royal Caribbean, build

Cruise visits to Oslo have halved. Why?

A former member of Oslo Cruise Network blames poor teamwork in Norway’s capital.

Bella, Copenhagen, center, mice, meetings, congress, 2018, biggest, Scandinavia, Denmark

Event kicks off big year for Bella Center

The almost 3,000 delegates now converging on Copenhagen are small fry compared to what’s coming.

Norway, winter, snow, mountains, avalanch risk, ski, sledding, weather, 2018

Ideal winter conditions in Scandinavia

It’s even possible to sunbathe in the mountains, a meteorologist claims.

Norwegian, Boeing 737-800, delivery, final, MAX, aircraft, type, low-cost, long-haul, flights

Norwegian’s last 737-800 delivery as MAX era starts

The airline takes delivery of its 100th direct-buy Boeing 737-800, an aircraft type that is already being replaced.

Nordica, Regional Jet, leasing, lessor, Estonia, LOT, Polish, Groningen, Tallinn

Estonian lessor expands its fleet

Regional Jet, founded by the national airlines of Estonia and Poland, will add two more planes to its fleet.

Norwegian Cruise Line, shipyard, NCL, Bliss, ship, build, launch, float out, Germany, sailings, mega-ship, karting, race track, Meyer Werft

First float-out for Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new cruise mega-ship takes to the water ahead of its April launch.