FARNBOROUGH: TAM to launch Airbus customer for Space-Flex cabin option

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Airbus has secured TAM Airlines as the first customer for its new Space-Flex PRM cabin option for persons of reduced mobility.

Unveiled in April at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, the Space-Flex lavatory and galley concept could enable some operators of its A320-family aircraft to fit an extra three seats on board.

It replaces the A320's full-width rear galley with a smaller galley together with two lavatories that were previously located forward of the twinjet's rear passenger doors. The space vacated by moving the lavatories rearwards is taken up by a second small galley area on the right-hand side and an extra row of three seats on the left-hand side, boosting revenue potential for airlines.

The PRM lavatory option is created by converting two single Space-Flex lavatories into one PRM enclosure in a similar manner to those delivered on Airbus wide-body aircraft.

The TAM order is for Airbus to line-fit equip 39 new aircraft to be delivered from the 4th quarter of 2013.