Airbus has indicated that it will increase the maximum seat-count on its A320 from 180 to 189 seats as part of future developments for the type.
The airframer’s chief executive, Fabrice Bregier, revealed the proposed evolution of the twinjet during a global investor forum in London.
A320s are currently certificated at 180 seats. But Bregier listed the increased seat count for the type while listing future development initiatives, adding that it would appeal to the low-cost sector.
Low-cost carriers including EasyJet have previously sought higher capacity in the A320. The rival Boeing 737-800 is capable of carrying 189 seats.
Bregier did not give specifics on the options – such as slimmer seats, internal reconfiguration or exit door changes – through which Airbus might achieve the increase.
But he stressed that the airframer was concentrating on derivatives of the A320, such as the re-engined A320neo, as part of its single-aisle strategy.
Airbus is already planning to increase the seat-count of the larger A321 from the current 220 seats to 236.