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Wide-bodied Passengers

Airbus recently announced that it was going to cater for the wider-bodied passengers on the A320s by switching 3-seat configurations from 18-18-18 (inches) to 17-17-20.

This is in response to airlines who say that travellers’ expanding size has become a major headache, not only because the numbers of large passengers are expanding rapidly, but the complaints from large passengers – and those who have to sit next to them – are also increasing.

The A320 typically flies with 50 aisle seats and the reduced pitch for the remaining seats would match the standard 17” seats on the 737, A320’s main rival.

The new configuration would allow airlines to market the extra seats as offering more comfort to larger passengers as well as, for example, mothers with small children. Airbus estimate that these seats could warrant a £6.50 premium which could generate an extra two million pounds for each aircraft over 15 years and offset the extra fuel cost required to carry overweight passengers.

According to Airbus, Airlines are improving their margins by charging for bags, window seats and food, but what most people really want is space and this idea could deliver just that.

This is undeniably a good idea, but why stop there? Could airlines charge a supplement to be nearer the toilets or for deplaning first? What about for sitting well away from other people’s badly behaved children or for ensuring that the seat in front can’t recline? Just a thought.

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