Airbus is offering airlines two new options for configuring the floor space offered by the A321neo.
The new options allow more flexibility and increase the number of seats which can be installed, for the same comfort standard, according to Airbus.
In addition, the new options raise the Airbus A321neo’s maximum exit limit beyond 220 seats, to as many as 236.
According to the manufacturer, the new Airbus A321neo cabin options capitalize on recent innovations in cabin monuments and seat design which allow airlines more efficient use of cabin space without compromising passenger comfort. The new cabin options are slated to enter into service in the second half of 2017.
The first new option consists of an additional over-wing exit door which raises the current maximum exit limit so operators can make more use of the available cabin floor space.
When this new option is combined with the Space-Flex aft cabin configuration offered by Airbus, the A321neo can accommodate up to 236 seats, 16 seats more than today’s maximum seating. This leads to a reduction in seat mile costs of 5 per cent, the manufacturer calculates.
In conjunction with the additional over-wing exit door, a second new option is available whereby the forward exit is deactivated.
Airbus says this creates a seamless, undivided forward cabin allowing additional seats and more flexibility in multi-class seat arrangements. According to the manufacturer, this option will be of particular use in longer-range markets where high comfort standards are needed in premium-class cabins.
The Airbus A320 family offers the widest cross-section in the single-aisle aircraft market. Airbus’ standard seat in economy class is 18 inches wide, half an inch wider than that of Boeing 737 models.
With firm orders for more than 1,700 aircraft since its launch in December 2010, the Airbus A320neo family is the fastest-selling commercial jet ever, according to Airbus.
However, the Boeing 737 MAX program was launched nine months after the A320neo program. If the 737 MAX – which had recorded firm orders for 1,064 aircraft by the end of December – can accumulate firm orders for about another 650 aircraft in the next nine months, it will have kept pace with A320neo sales in the same period after program launch.
To date, more than 9,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,800 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.