New Airbus seat plan slammed

2012-07-04 15:17

Airbus to offer wider seats

2012-07-04 15:02

Airbus has put forward a proposal to offer a few wider economy class seats to larger passengers or those travelling with small children.WATCH

An Airbus proposal to make economy seats smaller in order to accommodate new extra-wide ones has upset passengers who are able to fit into the standard airline seat.

According to Skyscanner survey involving over 1000 respondents, 84% felt it was wrong that most passengers would have to squeeze into smaller seats as a result.

“Many airlines have expressed interest,” according to reports, since these news seats would be sold at a premium. Airbus has not revealed which, if any, airlines will be installing the larger seats and what the likely cost to passengers might be.

In its proposal Airbus suggested it could increase the width of aisle seats on its A320s from 18 inches to 20 inches wide. But this would come at the expense of the middle and window seats, which would each lose an inch making them just 17 inches wide.

The aircraft manufacturer reasons that is a solution to the changing shape of the human body which has become wider and taller in the last few decades and in some instances obese passengers have book two seats at a higher cost.

Sam Poullain, a spokesman for Skyscanner said: " Airbus' new extra-wide seat format is a clever way for airlines to generate more revenue, but it's inevitable that some passengers will feel hard done by as they'll be losing an inch from their seat widths."

It might just be an inch but the overall sentiment towards the idea is "ridiculous" and "unfair", said Skyscanner.

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