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Air Canada to order 26 Airbus A321XLR with 14 options

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MONTREAL, CANADA — Air Canada today announced it is acquiring 26 A321XLR, the extra-long range variant of the A320neo family aircraft. The aircraft has sufficient range to serve all North American and select transatlantic routes the airline said. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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ClaudeStOnge
Claude St-Onge 3
Simple maths: average seat width of the industry 17 inch by 6 =102 inches. Cabin width 145 inches
ClaudeStOnge
Claude St-Onge 3
Narrow body Airplane! You feel like sitting in a bowling alley or tunnel! No not for me, unless they configure 2 seat aisles and 3 seats! Passenger comfort is down for business profit!
ThomasFrisch
Thomas Frisch 1
Claude,
I agree.
Tom
21voyageur
Dan Chiasson 3
Unfortunately, that is indeed the case. The real customer of the airlines is the shareholder and not the passenger. Think, bus at 32,000 feet.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck -3
What do you expect from an airline famous for customer dissatisfaction. The only way Air Canada stays in business is government bail outs.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 2
Remember when Airlines competed for customers by having comfortable seating. Yeah those days are gone, the new aircraft are all about squeezing the most people into the smallest space.
21voyageur
Dan Chiasson 2
Those days are long past and this reality should come as no surprise. Some start-ups have tried to balance on the head of a pin by offering low-cost and "high-quality" service but the business model clearly does not work. We are on the bus at 32,000 feet. Former 1st class passengers business paxs have new options (ex: Netjets, etc) or virtual participation.
patpylot
patrick baker 3
here is a question for the Air Canada long haul passengers: after having the comfort of 777's, 767's. Airbus 330's, and have the A321XLR in your future:;how does the relative comfort, crowding and tight aisles sound to you by comparison?
21voyageur
Dan Chiasson 5
Unless you are in business, it is unfortunately just about bums in seats. So, accepting that unpleasant reality, the only element that can help is on-time departure and in-flight service. And once again, unless you are in business (I have been in both many times on short and long hauls), AC continues to have room for significant improvement. It is elements such as these that "allowed" Westjet to become what it is today. Typical flag carrier malaise as seen around the world. Anyway, my 2 cents from Canada.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 2
Air Canada hasn’t been concerned with customer comfort since the 70s.
EtienneDaniels
Depends on their configuration and seat plan, not only on the aisles. 99% aboard an airplane you are seated.
ThomasFrisch
Thomas Frisch 1
What does "99% aboard an airplane you are seated" mean?
AlanGlover
Alan Glover 2
99% of the time you are on board an aircraft, you are in a seat and not in an aisle.
ThomasFrisch
Thomas Frisch 2
OK, fair enough but what is Etienne's point?
AlanGlover
Alan Glover 2
Seat size is the issue, not aisle size.

EtienneDaniels
Correct, you answered his questions. The A220 for example has only one aisle but is very popular with the passengers because of the comfort and the 2- 3 seat configuration. From the many answers above you can read that the aisle "problem" is more an phylogic issue for people who don't like a small enclosed space.
21voyageur
Dan Chiasson 1
Assuming the capacity of the new aircraft as they come online will outpace growth, my guess is that their relatively fresh 737 Max inventory may be shuffled to AC Rouge at one point. Their A319 average around 25 years and their A320s around 15 one could expect to see the 737s change colors down the road.

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