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Comfort without compromise

There are more passengers, flying further for longer distances. In the last five years alone the number of flights over 6000 nautical miles (13+ hours flight time) has increased by 70% from 24 to 41 daily flights.

In keeping with its commitment to passenger comfort as the air transport industry evolves, Airbus offers an entire product line of modern, efficient jetliners designed for today’s standard of passenger comfort: at least an 18-inch wide seat in full-service economy class. 

Seat width is one of the most important – yet often overlooked – factors for passenger comfort. With an extra inch, compared to the 17-inch industry norm set in the 1950s that is still used by other aircraft manufacturers, Airbus jetliners offers travelers more personal space and room for lateral movement. 

Airbus aircraft deliver this level of comfort without compromising operating economics. Research shows an extra inch of seat width is equivalent to an extra two inches of pitch, in terms of passenger comfort. This allows airlines to provide superior comfort with 18-inch seats, while adding another row in economy class – increasing revenues and improving fuel costs per seat.

The company’s entire product line is designed for modern comfort standards, ranging from the single-aisle A320 Family to the widebody A330 and A350 XWB families and the 21st century flagship A380 jetliner – which has a standard 18.5-inch seat in economy class.  

The additional space throughout Airbus’ widebody fleet meets passengers’ demanding requirements for the future of comfortable full-service long-haul flights, which are covering greater distances and becoming more frequent, as people are generally growing taller and wider. It’s not you, it’s the seat. Demand the Airbus standard for personal space.  

Airbus jetliners provide comfort without compromise, accommodating this modern comfort standard in full-service economy class for passengers, while still offering airlines unrivalled operating economics and fuel efficiency.

Unrivalled passenger experience

Airbus cabins are designed to offer airlines and their passengers the highest levels of comfort, services and efficiency. Passenger comfort has always been a major design consideration at Airbus in order to ensure the best possible passenger experience across all its aircraft families. Airbus cabin designs are not only innovative and attractive, but are also being continuously improved to keep offering travellers the quietest, most comfortable and enjoyable journeys.

Passenger comfort has always been an important differentiator for the airline industry - especially on long range routes. In the future it will become a fundamental deciding factor driving passenger choice and business success. This is why Airbus has always championed passenger comfort with wider cross-sections for wider seats - especially in economy. 18'' seats have always been the Airbus standard. It is now time to make it the industry standard and to admit to passengers that it is not them...it is their seat.