American Airlines (AAL) has chosen Services by
Airbus to provide cabin upgrades for 202 of its A321s in-service –
the largest retrofit project in Airbus history.
The airline will
be the first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL bins.
The larger bins provide a 40% increase in storage space for
carry-on bags, reducing bin crowding and the need to check bags at
“Thanks to this Airbus cabin
retrofit, passengers on American Airlines’ A321s will be able to
board faster and will enjoy an overall improved travel
experience,” said Laurent Martinez, Head of Services by Airbus.
“This is exactly the type of added-value that our services can
bring to airlines. This contract is a major step for Airbus into
the US services market, and we are grateful to American Airlines
for their trust in our expertise.”
The upgrades are part of a
project which will standardise American Airlines’ A321s with a
common seat count and interior, providing passengers with a
consistent travel experience. New production A321s for American
Airlines will also be equipped with Airspace XL bins.
Global Services Forecast projects that over the next 20 years the
commercial aircraft upgrades services market will be worth US$180
billion, driven in part by high competition between airlines who
value the ‘passenger experience’ as a differentiator (comfort,
connectivity, etc.), as well as systems upgrades. Fourteen percent
of this demand is forecast to come from North America.