Qantas has just revealed a revamped experience coming to its fleet Airbus A380 aircraft.
The multimillion-dollar upgrade of 12 aircraft includes new seating across expanded Business and Premium Economy cabins, and a refresh of the aircraft’s First and Economy seating. The on-board lounge has also been redesigned.
Each aircraft takes approximately eight weeks to upgrade. Take a peek at the results below.
Smarter use of space has created an all premium class upper deck (now occupied by Business and Premium Economy) and an expanded on-board lounge. There are now 30 fewer Economy seats and an increase in premium seating by 27 per cent.
Download a fact sheet here > Upgraded-Qantas-A380-factsheet
“We think the re-fit looks fabulous. Not just in terms of hard product, but the increase in premium capacity is a move our clients will love”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.
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).
Key elements of the upgrade include:
- Introduction of the Qantas Business Suite, replacing the previous Skybeds, in a 1:2:1 configuration that now gives aisle access to every passenger.
- Installation of the new Premium Economy seat (first debuted on the Qantas Dreamliner) and increasing the number of seats from 35 to 60.
- A larger on-board lounge space with seating for up to 10 Business and First passengers.
- An update to the 14 First Class Suites with new contoured cushioning, seat finishes and a larger, higher resolution entertainment screen.
- A new colour palette for the Economy cabin and improved in-flight entertainment.
The first reconfigured aircraft, VH-OQK, will operate as QF2 from London to Sydney via Singapore, arriving in Australia on Wednesday 2 October.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, “Working with Airbus, we’ve been able to use the cabin space more efficiently and improve the economics of the aircraft while also providing a better experience in every part of the aircraft.
“By the end of this upgrade, we’ll have next-generation seating across our entire long-haul fleet of A380s, A330s and 787s.”
Qantas expects to complete the refurbishment of the remaining 11 aircraft by the end of 2020.
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