Airbus, Toulouse, France, announced that the company’s new business at the Farnborough Airshow totaled 279 new and upsized aircraft worth $35 billion – including 197 firm orders and commitments for 82 jetliners. This business activity comprised orders and commitments for both single-aisle and widebody aircraft. The A320 family accounted for 269 of the orders and commitments this week – 140 of which were firm orders for the A321neo (new engine option). For widebody aircraft, the company announced new firm orders for 10 aircraft – eight A350-1000s and two A330-300s.
“We have a product line that features commonality, efficiency with profitability – we’re very proud of that going forward,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, during the media briefing. “Our aircraft burn less fuel, they are better for the environment, and they certainly are more comfortable with the 18-inch seats we have as standard.”
In addition, Airbus highlighted its new cabin concept, “Airspace by Airbus.” Airbus displayed a representative Airspace cabin interior section in the Airbus Group pavilion. The Airspace cabin is inspired by the A350 XWB and shaped by the passenger feedback Airbus has already received from people flying on its new-generation widebody aircraft.
Signature design elements throughout all Airspace cabins include wider seats, larger overhead storage bins; spacious, contemporary lavatories with antibacterial surfaces; along with unobstructed under-seat foot space.
Announcements during the week that involved aircraft to be equipped with the Airspace cabin included Virgin Atlantic Airways’ A350 XWB order and the four A330-900neo aircraft that ARKIA Israeli Airlines will receive.