28 JANUARY 2013


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Article from BTNews 28 JANUARY 2013

Airbus A320 grows

The new Airbus A320 neo is to be offered with up to 236 seats, taking it very much into the Boeing 757 replacement area.  Amongst carriers looking at their fleet needs towards the end of this era are Ryanair, a Boeing customer (737-800 189 seats), and easyJet, originally very much in the A319 fold (150 seats) and then A320 (now only taking delivery of this 180-seat aircraft), and also operating the A321 in 220 seats mode (ex-GB Airways).

The extra seats are found by introducing a pair of extra over-wing doors (for escape purposes) and with what Airbus calls a “space flex” rear cabin, adding an extra 16 seats.

Airbus claims that when full the new layout will offer a 5% seat/mile cost reduction.

Sales of the neo to date total 1,734.  Boeing Max commitments are 1,029. www.airbus.com www.boeing.com/commercial

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