EASYJET’S cabins are about to get more crowded, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Each of the airline’s Airbus A320s has room for 180 passengers, but all new A320s delivered after May next year – easyJet has 162 orders outstanding – will be fitted with 186 seats. It will also retro-fit its existing A320s with the higher seat count, with the changes likely to be completed by summer 2018
While the changes mean more passengers sharing the same cabin space, manufacturers say the new arrangements do not compromise on comfort. ‘We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent means to give living space to passengers,’ said Airbus. ‘They retain the Airbus standard of 18-inch wide seats in economy.’
easyJet also insists that ‘seat pitch’ – the space between your seat and the same point on the chair in front – won't be affected.
‘Through clever design and the use of modern materials, Airbus has been able to use previously unused space,’ it said. ‘Our minimum and average seat pitch will remain the same.’
The airline’s move follows a trend among manufacturers and airlines to cram extra fliers on board their aircraft in a bid to maximize efficiency and profits.
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