(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) — Airbus is offering US airlines buying its A320 passenger jet extra-wide seats for obese passengers, leading to fatter profits, Airbus’ aircraft interiors director said Thursday, May 24.

Airbus, the main subsidiary of European aerospace giant EADS, wants to make the most of the fact that its medium-range airliner is wider-bodied than the 737 from US rival Boeing.

The company offers two 20-inch (50.8-centimeter) seats either side of the A320’s single aisle instead of three 18-inch seats either side.

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