Qantas has reached an agreement with Airbus to upgrade its 12 flagship A380 cabins to improve passenger comfort on long-haul operations.
Airbus will be responsible for the overall upper-deck integration. In addition Airbus will develop specific tailored monuments for Qantas and a new business lounge area in the forward upper-deck. The installation phase will start in Q2 2019. All 12 aircraft are planned to be upgraded by around the end of 2020.
“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 travel,” Didier Evrard, EVP Programmes Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
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).