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The Airline Interiors Expo in Hamburg is this week, meaning a slew of new cabin concepts are about to hit the wire. I’m sure that there will be plenty small upgrades regarding fancy new lighting or better wines with better pairings for premium cabins, but what’s really going to get airline execs excited is how efficient their aircraft can be. Read another way, one might interpret that as “how many passenger can I fit into a fixed space?”
Problem is, airplanes are still flying with too many free seats as far as airlines are concerned, so they’re doing their best to cram in more passengers and sell more tickets. Even Emirates, a brand viewed as a luxury product, is now stacking an amazing 615 passengers on some routes. At AIX, Airbus is teasing 11 abreast “budget-economy.” And before you make any seat pitch arguments, ask yourself whether the noise, service and bathroom space of a “budget-economy” flight is about the same as a regular economy flight.
All this is to illustrate that as the rich get richer in premium cabins, the poor are about to get even poorer. My money’s where premium economy’s at.
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@AusBT I worry “budget economy” is becoming “standard economy”
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