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What does the announcement mean for flyers?

Airbus has revealed its plans for the new A380 superjumbo, which promise to improve efficiency for airlines while maintaining comfort levels for passengers.



Unveiled at the Paris Airshow, the mains features of the enhancement are an aerodynamic improvement to the plane led by “new, large winglets and other wing refinements” and extra passenger capacity.


With the A380plus cutting up to 4% off fuel consumption, and with an enhanced cabin that can allow for up to 80 extra seats, airlines will stand to save 13% per seat versus the current A380.


Designed to reduce drag, the new winglets will measure around 4.7 metres in height.


Along with the additional seats, the plane’s optimised cabin layout boasts “redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a new 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy”.



“The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time,” Airbus COO Customers, John Leahy said.  


“It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers.


“The A380 is well-proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports, and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 19 June 2017

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