Posted on: 31 May 2016 by Mark Howells
easyJet has taken delivery of its new 186-seat Spaceflex 2 Airbus A320, which uses previously redundant space at the rear of the aircraft to accommodate six more seats than the current version operated by the carrier.
The Spaceflex 2 configuration of the A320 also includes a number of new features such as galleys with larger ovens, a partition in front of row 1ABC, a fully wheelchair accessible toilet in the rear galley and new carpets throughout the cabin.
The average seat pitch and minimum seat pitch across the fleet remains the same.
Gary Smith, easyJet’s business lead for the new aircraft, commented, “With the new aircraft configuration, we took the opportunity to look at all aspects of our cabin design and the result is a really clean, modern new look. We now have LED lighting throughout the cabin and an updated colour scheme. The new partition provides all front row passengers with an enhanced experience and allows our crew to take rest. The first of these aircraft has now been delivered and is flying to destinations across the entire easyJet network.
“easyJet is the first A320 operator with the Spaceflex 2 configuration and all new A320 aircraft delivered will be fitted with 186 seats. Additionally, our existing fleet of 180 seat A320 aircraft will be retrofitted and upgraded. This aircraft is the most efficient of its type flying today both in terms of cost efficiency and in its emissions reduction.”
Six further 186-seat A320’s will be delivered to easyJet this summer and will be based out of London Gatwick. By the end of September 2016, the airline will have eight 186-seat aircraft in the fleet. The retrofit project is expected to be completed by summer of 2018.
easyJet also begun fitting its aircraft with Recaro’s lightweight SL3510 seat in 2013, which provide more space, new seat pockets and a new tray table design including a tablet PC holder. easyJet estimates its A320s will all be fitted with the new Recaro seat by summer 2018.