Airbus Unveils A380 Cabin Space Optimization Range

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- April 21, 2017

Airbus unveiled a range of new cabin enablers for its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft, creating space for an additional 80 seats.

The product includes a newly designed front staircase which would free up space for 20 extra passengers. Other enablers, some of which are already offered to airlines, include an 11-across, 3-5-3, economy layout on the main deck, adding 23 economy seats; a nine-across premium-economy layout on the main deck, adding 11 seats; a redesigned rear staircase and aft-galley adding space for 14 passengers; and the removal of the upper deck sidewall stowage, increasing business-class capacity by 10 seats.

“Continuous improvement of our products is our daily work. This new package for our A380 customers is a smart way to meet airlines’ needs while improving the A380 economics with additional revenues and innovating in passenger comfort,” said Kiran Rao, executive vice president of strategy and marketing, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “Only the A380 has the economics of scale and development potential to efficiently solve the problem of increasing congestion at large airports while providing the best comfort for passengers. The aircraft can also serve fast growing markets and airlines’ regional airports, so we are adapting the aircraft to meet evolving market needs.”

Airbus said the innovative seating concept allows airlines to offer an 18-inch seat width in economy while moving to a 3-5-3 layout.

Airbus struggled to attract new customers for its superjumbo aircraft with 13 commercial carriers currently operating the A380. Japanese airline ANA is set to take delivery of its first superjumbo in 2019.