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Article from BTNews 7 JULY 2014

Airbus to offer 240-seat A320

In offering what it terms “even more efficiency for airline operators”, Airbus is increasing seating capacity for A320neo (new engine option) and A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners to 189 seats, while also adding 20 more seats for A321neo aircraft to accommodate 240 passengers in a high-density, all-Economy layout.

We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent means to give living space to passengers,” said Klaus Roewe, Airbus’ Senior Vice President – A320neo Programme. “These new A320 Family configurations do not compromise on comfort, as they retain the Airbus standard of 18-inch wide seats in economy.”
 
To raise the A320’s capacity to 189 seats, Airbus has worked with airworthiness authorities to certify increased exit limits for the forward and aft doors on this version of the aircraft, taking advantage of exits that are significantly larger than the ones which were originally certificated.  Also incorporated are wider evacuation slides or slide/rafts.

For the A321neo, the use of state-of-the-art slim-line seats and a new exit door arrangement – along with the optimised “Space-Flex” rear cabin galley configuration and Smart-Lavatory design – will increase this stretched fuselage jetliner version’s passenger capacity to 240 passengers, all while retaining Airbus’ 18-inch wide seat standard for Economy travellers.  www.airbus.com

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