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Bombardier Increasing Size of Seats in New Airplanes

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | July 13, 2016

Bombardier Increasing Size of Seats in New Airplanes

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To accommodate larger passengers, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier announced a new plane that has been designed with wider passengers in mind.

According to, the Bombardier CS100 aircraft will make its public debut at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week. The plane’s middle seats are 19 inches wide, a full two inches wider than most standard economy seats.

Bombardier vice president Ross Mitchell told the media that the new plane was built as a response to requests from airlines which desired a more comfortable flying experience for all types of passengers.

Not only will the new Bombardier aircraft feature wider seats, but it will also boast larger overhead bins and the largest windows found on single aisle planes. The first order of CS100 planes were delivered to Swiss International Air Lines in June, and will make its first commercial flight on July 15.

Another airline making an investment in the new Bombardier planes has been Delta Air Lines, which placed an order for 75 CS100 aircrafts with an option to purchase an additional 50 in a deal worth $7.4 billion.


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