Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is redesigning the economy-class cabins on its Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, with bigger seats and better blankets and pillows.
The airline is refurbishing its narrow-bodied planes by equipping them with ergonomic extra-spatial seats designed by UK-based company Acro, an aircraft seating manufacturer based outside of London.
Etihad Airways’ retrofit programme of the Airbus A320 and the A321 will also see a focus on digital transformation, with a personalised wireless streaming entertainment system that’s accessible on smart phones or tablets added.
Traveling on an A321 or A320 aircraft? Enjoy our new ergonomic seats cleverly designed around your digital devices. Take control of your journey with over 300 hours of entertainment available on E-BOX stream. pic.twitter.com/pjccJfSVt8— Etihad Airways (@EtihadAirways) May 27, 2019
Blankets, pillows, and headrests will also be upgraded to ensure economy passengers have the most comfortable journey possible.
The renovation of the twin aircraft models will be completed in August 2019, Etihad Airways said in a statement picked up by Emirates News Agency.
Tableware is also getting an upgrade on Etihad Airways flights that use the aircraft. A curved triangular plate made from recycled materials will be used on new flights, a move that comes with the airline looking to slash consumption of single-use plastics.
Chief Executive Officer of the Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, said the redesign will cement the airline’s “leadership and innovation” in economy travel.