If the latest news is to be believed, the smallest A350 will have 250 seats, or more in a two-class or single-class layout. I am wondering what (if anything) that means.
Many have observed that Airbus is just moving the "hole" in its lineup, by narrowing the gap between A350 and A380, but opening a gap between the A320 and A350.
I wonder if this isn't indicative of the strategy for the replacement of the A320, another 8-10 years from now. What if the A320NG was significantly enlarged compared to the current A320, and Airbus went to a 2-3-2 cross section? I figure this might lead to a reasonable range of 140-210 seats.
Would the twin isles offer much of an advantage for turning around LCC flights? Would the aerodynamic penalty of the larger cross section be worth the cost?