Air Caraibes wants Airbus to offer a 10-abreast configuration on its A350 XWB, as it seeks to place a four-aircraft order by mid-2008.

Air Caraibes is seeking four aircraft to replace its A330 fleet around 2016-17, with candidates comprising the A350-1000 and the Boeing 777-300ER.

Air Caraibes president Francois Hersen recently participated in an A350 XWB forum in Bordeaux and called on the manufacturer to offer the type with 10-abreast seating. "If we want to increase capacity and cut costs, we want to have at least 450 passengers. The best solution is to increase the size," he says.

"The target is for 2016-17 and we have to decide in the next few months which aircraft we will choose. The A350 XWB will be a good answer, but only if it is 10-abreast."

Source: Flight International