European plane maker Airbus announced that SWISS has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo featuring the new Airspace cabin configuration. The manufacturer also confirmed it has cancelled an order from Qatar Airways for 50 A321neo jets the airline plans to use for new routes as the legal dispute between the two companies continues in a London court.
Airbus said the new Airspace cabin features include: slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level; better views through the windows with their redesigned bezels and completely integrated window shades; the largest overhead bins for 60 percent more bags; the latest full LED lighting technologies; LED-lit ‘entrance area’; and new lavatories with hygienic touch-less features and antimicrobial surfaces.
SWISS is a long standing Airbus customer, operating Airbus A220 and A320 family aircraft on its European network and in addition A330s and A340s globally. In 2018 Lufthansa Group, the parent company of SWISS, chose to equip more than 80 of its new A320 Family aircraft on order from Airbus with Airspace cabins. At the end of December 2021, the A320neo family had received nearly 7,900 orders from over 120 customers worldwide.