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Review: Airbus A330neo Airspace Business Class


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Airbus shared photos of its Airspace cabin on its A330neo aircraft a while back. In this review I look at the Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class offering in this new and improved Airspace cabin.

Airbus’s next-generation 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 ships with Airbus’ new Airspace cabin, improving the already high-tech cabin on the A350. Airbus says its cabin is 50% quieter than the Dreamliner. There are germ-fighting agents in the toilets, more storage, extraordinary LED accent lighting, and these new planes offer the latest in in-flight entertainment.

Business Class In The Airbus A330neo Airspace Cabin

Airbus has achieved the feeling of space within the cabin with 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. The airlines will likely follow this suggestion. Each airline will then use its 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 offer Premium Economy but 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 make economy on the A330neo a better experience than on current planes.

Another noteworthy feature is that the toilets 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 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.

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