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Airbus calls for minimum seat size

Airbus calls for minimum seat size
28 Oct 2013

Airbus has asked all airlines to set a minimum seat width in economy for long-haul flights. 

The plane manufacturer wants the aviation industry to introduce a minimum standard of 18 inches (45.72cm) in order to provide better levels of comfort for passengers booking seats in economy. 

This comes on the back of research conducted by the London Sleep Centre showing that sleep quality improved by 53% when the seat size was increased from 17 to 18 inches. 

'The difference was significant,' commented the centre's Dr Irshaad Ebrahim. 'All passengers experienced a deeper, less disturbed and longer night's sleep in the 18-inch seat.'

Kevin Keniston, Airbus' head of passenger comfort, warned that with airlines flying greater distances than ever before, now was the time to act. 

'If the aviation industry doesn't take a stand right now then we risk jeopardising passenger comfort into 2045 and beyond,' he said. ADNFCR-408-ID-801654276-ADNFCR

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