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Boeing, Airbus Bicker Over Seat Width

Airbus wants a set standard, Boeing says airlines need flexibility


airplane_cabin_interior_empty_630_flickrThe world’s two largest commercial jet makers are arguing over the size of economy seats on planes designed for long-distance travel.

Airbus and Boeing (BA) are taking public positions on the dispute ahead of the critical Dubai Airshow, at which both giants hope to land major orders from global airlines. Boeing says that airlines should decide on their own how large the seats should be, while Airbus wants to establish an 18-inch industry standard for the seats, Reuters notes.

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Seat size is an important factor in determining how many people can fit onto a flight, and thus how a plane performs, economically.

17-inch seats on Boeing’s 777X jets will allow them to carry 406 passengers per flight. That compares to just 350 passengers on Airbus’ A350 jets with 18-inch economy-class seats. Airbus claims the extra inch makes fliers more comfortable. Boeing says airlines need the flexibility to make their own determination.

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