Avianca has revealed the design of the new seats for its Airbus A320 aircraft.
The airline is installing new seats in all classes on its A30 fleet used for short and medium-haul flight
The new seats from Recaro are being installed in Premium, Plus and Economy. They will reduce the weight per passenger by over 30% on each aircraft in addition to decreasing CO2 emissions per transported passenger by an average of 13%.
The new interior of the aircraft also includes Airbus’ SpaceFlex. This will allow Avianca to increase its seat capacity by 20%.
The Premium seat will be available from early 2022 and the first fully reconfigured aircraft should be in operation during Q2 2022. All 14,000 seats will be installed by the end of 2022.
Passengers should soon begin to see the Plus and Economy seats on flights within Colombia. The airline estimates that the first fully redesigned aircraft will be ready by the second quarter of 2022. All 14,000 seats on the A320 fleet will be complete by the end of 2022.
Avianca’s A320 fleet has a typical 2 class layout of Business and Economy.
On Avianca A319, A320 and A321 the front 3 rows are Business Class in a 2 by 2 layout. They get the Premium seat with a central console with individual compartments, a power plug, USB port and recline up.
Avianca’s new Premium seat on its A320s
The rest of the cabin is Economy in the usual 3 by 3 layout. But the front rows, between rows 4 and 14, are getting a better seat than the rest of economy.
Avianca’s new Plus seat on its A320s
Available between rows 4 and 14, this seat has an independent headrest with 6 positions for better rest, an independent stand for personal electronic devices, USB ports and recline up.
The rest of Economy, from row 15 to the back, are getting a similar seat with the facility to use personal electronic devices integrated into the table and USB ports. But it is fixed, it cannot recline.
Avianca’s new Economy seat on its A320s
Avianca is the flag carrier of Colombia and is headquartered in Bogotá, Colombia.
Established in Colombia in 1919, Avianca was the first airline in the Americas, and is the second oldest airline in the world.
Currently, Avianca offers about 100 routes, more than 2,680 weekly flights and close to 400,000 weekly seats.
Routes: the airline currently serves 76 destinations in the Americas and Europe (Currently Barcelona, and Madrid).
Fleet: Avianca currently operates a fleet of about 150 passenger aircraft, comprising:
- 25 Airbus A319
- 67 Airbus A320
- 15 Airbus A321
- 8 Airbus A330
- 15 ATR-72
- 13 Boeing 787
N.B. The fleet numbers are from avianca.com on 04 November 2021.
Passenger numbers: 29.4 million passengers in 2016
Alliance: Star Alliance
N.B. Image credit: Airbus