Airbus indicates potential for 240-seat A321neo

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Airbus appears to be intending to lift the A321neo’s potential capacity to 240 passengers, up from a previous figure of 236.

The airframer had already laid out plans to offer a reconfigured cabin and door arrangement on the type which is currently restricted to a 220-seat maximum.

Combining an extra overwing exit and a new space-saving aft cabin would give the A321 the ability to accommodate 236 seats.

But a recent Airbus Group investor presentation detailing the A321neo states that the type will have “up to 240 seats”, and places the twinjet in the 185- to 240-seat bracket.

The presentation also confirms the airframer’s plans to raise the A320’s accommodation to 189 seats.

Flightglobal revealed last year that Airbus was studying a 189-seat configuration on the type, although the manufacturer had not indicated the nature of any modifications.

The presentation indicates that 31 rows of six-abreast seats – a total of 186 – can be achieved by combining forward seats at a 29in pitch with aft seats at 28in pitch, and installing the Space-Flex rear galley and lavatory unit.

This also frees space for the aft inclusion of another three seats and a cabin attendant station, bringing overall seating to 189.

Modifications on both types to increase their capacity are subject to certification approval.