New Aircraft Designs Offer Greater Passenger Comfort/More Efficient Engines, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

An important selling point in new passenger aircraft, whether built by Airbus or Boeing, is comfort.  Changes in seat configuration, window size and cabin climate are all key elements when buying new planes. At Boeing, for example, the new 787 Dreamliner offers a new, patented eight-seats-across configuration in economy class.  The three-two-three arrangement allows seats that measure 19 inches across instead of 17, which is standard on Boeing 737s and 757s.  However, the plane’s cabin is wide enough to fit nine seats across, allowing some buyers to configure the cabin with narrower seats and more passengers. Windows on new aircraft…

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