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JetBlue Addressing A321 Lavatory Alignment Problem

JetBlue Airways came up with a plan to generate profit – it would reduce the size of its bathrooms to fit more passengers in its A321 gets. However, that plan seems not to be working out like the company thought it would.

According to Steve Priest, JetBlue’s chief financial officer, 21 of its installed bathrooms on the A321 planes have gone to the maintenance shop for repairs to address the design failures of the lavatories, which were supposed to be space-efficient.

According to a spokesman for the airline, the issue is an alignment problem, which caused out-of-service lavatories. No other explanation or details were provided.

JetBlue started to repair the lavatories in September and has a third of the 21 planes finished. Zodiac Aerospace is the French manufacturer who developed the Space-Flex 2 lavatories. Most lavatories are located in the back of a plane on both sides with some in the front. The Space Flex 2 is behind the food gallery side by side.

The company introduced the design in 2014, allowing A321 planes to seat 162 passengers instead of 150. JetBlue said the additional seating could result in a $100 million profit increase.

Priest said the airline, which is based in New York, wants to fix the lavatory problems before they’re installed on the A320 jets. He said the modifications are being made now so that the A320 jets won’t have to be taken out of service in the future for the same problem.

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