Qantas has reached an agreement with Airbus to
upgrade its 12 Airbus A380 cabins.
Airbus will be responsible for
the overall upper-deck integration as well as a new business lounge area in the forward upper-deck.
installation phase will start in Q2 2019, with all 12 aircraft
planned to be upgraded by around the end of 2020.
Didier Evrard, EVP Programmes Airbus Commercial
Aircraft said, “We are very pleased to contribute to Qantas’
success and reputation by applying our innovation and proven
expertise in designing and upgrading cabins to increase the
efficiency and value of its A380 operations. This
also shows the continued confidence of Qantas in the A380 as a key
member of its fleet to offer its passengers a unique way to
The capacity of Qantas A380s after the upgrade
will be: 14 First Suites (unchanged), 70 Business Suites (up by
six), 60 Premium Economy (up by 25) and 341 Economy (down by 30)
for a total of 485 passengers (up by one).
In particular, the
upgrade will meet the airline’s increased demand for
revenue-enhancing premium cabins on flights to the US, Europe and
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