Airbus builds extra-wide seats for US air companies - and they'll charge more
Airbus has announced that is to offer extra wide seats on its new A320 passenger jets in order to accommodate larger passengers.
And it looks like the extra-large seats will lead to extra large profits.
At the moment, A320 seats measure 18 inches wide, AirTransportWorld.com reports. With a bit of reconfiguration, the company is now offering two 20-inch seats on each side of the aircraft's single aisle in lieu of three 18-inch seats.
"These seats are not meant just for overweight passengers," Airbus' aircraft interiors director Zuzana Hrnkova said at a press conference.
"Mothers with children may be ready to pay a little more in order to be able to keep their babies in their lap, and large football players may be interested."
The airlines could make as much as $3 million in extra profits over a 15-year period by charging extra for the extra wide seats, the AFP says.
So far, only two unidentified American airlines have expressed interest in the extra-wide seats, and there is likely good reason for that.