Kevin Keniston, Airbus' Head of Passenger Comfort, comments: "If the aviation industry doesn't take a stand right now then we risk jeopardising passenger comfort into 2045 and beyond - especially if you take into account aircraft delivery timetables combined with expected years in service. Which means another generation of passengers will be consigned to seats which are based on outdated standards."Airbus has always maintained a standard of 18 inch (45.72cm) minimum in its long haul economy cabins. However, other manufacturers are eroding passenger comfort standards by going back to narrower seat widths from the 1950s in order to remain competitive. Changing Body Mass Index (BMI) and perspectives on personal space have encouraged other industries, such as leisure and automotive, to re-think seat width. And recent research conducted into long haul economy passengers across international airports revealed that seat comfort is now the most important criteria when booking a long distance flight in economy, even over the schedule of the flight.
Airbus Calls On Aviation Industry To Set A New Standard For Long Haul Comfort
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