European plane maker, Airbus is studying a new idea that could see narrower window and middle seats and wider aisle seats in the cabin for larger passengers, an executive said.
The idea is being explored by Airbus specifically for A320 jets, which offer three-by-three abreast seating.
Simon Pickup, director of business operations for Airbus Americas said the idea could in theory create more revenue for airlines, who could charge passengers extra for the ‘premium’ aisle seat, Bloomberg reported.
“It offers airlines a unique way to increase ancillary revenue, it’s unique to the A320 cabin and it certainly would be the most comfortable economy-class seat offered on any current airplane,” Pickup was quoted by Bloomberg as saying.
The concept would involve shrinking the window and middle seats from 18 inches to 17 inches wide between the armrests – and widening the aisle seat to 20 inches, the report added.
When approached for comment, Airbus was keen to stress that the idea was still at a concept stage.
An Airbus spokesperson told Terminal U: “As a manufacturer we look at a myriad of possibilities for cabin outfitting and are in constant contact with our customers [airlines] to determine if their feedback justifies further development of a concept.
“This is just one of many examples of that process. We have no further comment at this stage.”
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