New Delhi :  Buoyed by rising number of business travellers, Air India will opt for two-class seat configuration in the 14 Airbus 320 neo planes to be inducted into the fleet in the coming months.

Air India is reverting to the two-class configuration after more than four years when it had decided to do away with it amid economic slowdown.

A Kuwait-based leasing firm is to provide the A320 neos (new engine option) aircraft on dry lease basis starting early next year. These planes with 160 seats will have a two-class configuration – 12 in business class and the rest 148 in economy category, a senior Air India official said, reports PTI. The 14 A320 neos will also have more “seat pitch” or seat width, compared to other airlines, the official added.

Once the A-320 neos come in, the airline would phase out some of the existing A320s — a number of which are as old as 26 years. Air India has an Airbus fleet of 66 aircraft, comprising 24 A-320s, 20 A-321s and 22 A-319s.

According to the official, the carrier would be opting for the two-class seat configuration as there has been an increase in the number of business travellers and overall rise in load factor, an indicator of seat occupancy.

In recent times, more corporate executives have been opting for business class air travel and their count is on the rise due to many factors, including Air India being part of Star Alliance, he noted.

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