Airbus announced (17-Jan-2013) it is offering airlines new options for configuring the floor space of the A321neo. These allow more flexibility, increasing the number of seats at the same comfort standard. In addition, the maximum exit limit is raised beyond 220 seats. These new cabin options capitalise 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 will enter into service in 2H2017.
- The first new option consists of an additional over-wing exit door which raises the current maximum exit limit so operators can make even more use of the available cabin floor space. When this new option is combined with the 'Space-Flex' aft cabin configuration, the A321neo can accommodate up to 236 seats, 16 seats more than today’s maximum seating. Airbus stated this leads to a reduction in seat mile costs of 5%;
- In conjunction with the additional over-wing exit door, a second new option is available whereby the forward exit is de-activated. This creates a seamless, undivided forward cabin allowing additional seats and even more flexibility in multi-class seat arrangements. Airbus stated the option will be of particular use in longer range markets where high comfort standards are needed in premium class. [more - original PR]