Aircraft cabin interiors are designed to be a showcase of the airline you are flying. The interior elements such as seat design and choice of upholstery usually reinforce the brand.

British Airways have decided to have their new Airbus A320neo cabin feature two types of seats. Up front are the current seats and about half way down the are the new lightweight space saving seats. No big deal, right?

Inconsistency on the A320neo

When I board a flight, I can usually tell which airline I am on. Qantas have a very specific look to their cabins, as does any airline. All the seats look the same in economy class, though some may be upholstered differently.

Have a look at the picture here. This shows the transition from the elegant seats currently in use, to the new space saving seats that have been installed.

What were they thinking? While I can live with the reality of space saving seats for short flights, leaving it looking cheap is not particularly good.

Surely there would have been some attempt to match the fabric colour to the brown of the leather upholstered seats. Even adding the British Airways Speedmarque to the headrest would help.

Overall Thoughts

When I first saw this picture, I was bewildered by how ugly it looks. Yes, people are going to be sitting in the seats, so you’re not really going to notice it too much when the flight is full. But really?

Enhancing revenue and saving money by using these new types of seats is understandable, airlines are a business that need to make money. However, I think more care needs to be taken when it comes to passenger facing elements of the product.

What do you think of these seats on the A320neo? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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