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New Plane Promises More Comfort with Wider Seats and Aisles

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier will show off its new CS100 plane this week at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England.

Passengers should take note: The plane features 19-inch-wide middle seats and 18.5-inch-wide window and aisle seats — substantially more comfortable than competing aircraft like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A319, which have 17.2-inch-wide economy seats (according to SeatGuru).

Compared to many commercial jets, the new CS100 also features larger windows, aisles, and luggage compartments. So there's more room for you — and your carry-on.

“We went to airlines and asked them what the appropriate sizes were,” Ross Mitchell, vice president of commercial airlines at Bombardie, told The Guardian. “They said 18-19 inches because it gives people more room in the seat. Airlines were looking to have an option with more comfort.”

Of course, not all airlines are prioritizing offering more comfortable seats. On an airplane, space is money, so comfort comes at a price.

Swiss International Air Lines, AirBaltic, and Delta Air Lines have all placed orders for the new CSeries. Bombardier delivered the first new CS100 to Swiss last week.

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