17 June 2009
17. June 2009 Commercial Aircraft

Condor launch the A320 Enhanced Cabin Retrofit programme


Innovative new cabin now benefits operators of in-service aircraft - brighter, more space, and lower weight

Innovative new cabin now benefits operators of in-service aircraft - brighter, more space, and lower weight

Airbus and Condor have announced the first ever contract to retrofit for A320 Family currently in operation the new Enhanced Cabin - only previously seen inside aircraft recently delivered fresh from the production line. The Condor fleet of 12 A320s will be the first in-service to benefit, with first installations planned for the fourth quarter of this year. The Enhanced Cabin provides 10 per cent greater stowage volume for overhead baggage, more shoulder-level room for passengers, a fresh modern ambience using LED lighting, and all while making best use of latest technologies, materials and design. As an added bonus it also brings a weight reduction.

Charles Champion, Executive Vice President of Customer Services says: "It is great to design innovative new solutions that can also benefit our in-service aircraft. In a very challenging market we are always pleased to offer something for our customers to gain a competitive edge."

To consolidate the new cabin experience, Airbus will also integrate the installation of the innovative CIDS (Cabin Intercommunication Data System) and a new in-flight entertainment system on the 12 Airbus A320 Family aircraft including video and audio services.

Note for editors:
The new cabin offers passengers a bright new look, a 10 per cent increase in usable overhead stowage capacity, one inch more room at shoulder level in some locations, dramatic LED ambience lighting options and a noticeable reduction in noise. In addition, LEDs feature on the new optional continuous grip rail with enlarged seat row indicators so that passengers can more easily identify their seats. Travellers will also appreciate a new slimmer Passenger Service Unit (PSU) with easier to use controls, and which includes LED reading lights.

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