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Airbus recently shared photos of it’s new Airspace cabin on it’s A330neo aircraft. In this review I look at the Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class offering in this new and improved Airspace cabin.

Airbus’ next-generation of A330neo was first announced at the Farnborough Air Show in 2014. Neo stands for New Engine Option, and the A330neo represents a great improvement in fuel efficiency; supposedly by 14%, which is of course better in terms of fuel costs and the environment

The A330neo will ship with Airbus’ new Airspace cabin, an improvement on the already high tech cabin on the A350. Airbus says it’s cabin is 50% quieter than the Dreamliner, there are germ-fighting agents in the toilets, there is more storage, there is extraordinary LED accent lighting plus these new planes will offer latest in in-flight entertainment.

Business Class In The Airbus A330neo Airspace Cabin
Airbus has achieved the feeling of space within the cabin with a combination of lighting effects and higher ceilings. This is relevant in the Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class cabins. The A330neo also has a completely new luggage bin design throughout the plane, which enables it to accommodate 66% more carry-on bags.

In Business Class, Airbus arranged its concept plane with a 1-2-1 configuration. It is likely that the airlines will follow this suggestion. Each airline will then use their own seat design within the cabin.

Launch partner TAP will use a seat from Recaro called the CL6710. This is a staggered lie-flat seat which is a great improvement on the airline’s current angle-flat Business Class seat.

Premium Economy In The Airbus A330neo Airspace Cabin
Not all A330neos will offer Premium Economy but they look to be much like the Norwegian Premium seats which I have reviewed. the expected arrangement is a 2-3-2 configuration

Economy In The Airbus A330neo Airspace Cabin
An 18-inch Economy seat width is the offering in economy, but the lighting, quiet cabin and storage solutions makes economy on the A330neo a better experience than on current planes.

Another noteworthy feature is that the toilets will have mood lighting, anti-bacterial surfaces, an aroma dispenser and touchless controls on the toilet, sink and rubbish bin.

The A330neo launch partner is TAP Portugal, which currently operates a fleet of older A330s on long-haul routes. Other Airlines with the A330neo on order include Delta Air Lines, Garuda and Hawaiian Airlines.

If you enjoyed this review you may be interested in my other airline reviews and airport lounge reviews.

Airbus A330neo Airspace