It wouldn’t be an Aircraft Interior Expo without at least something to do with the inside of the Airbus A380.
This time, Airbus are adding Cabin-Flex to existing A380 products.
According to Airbus, the idea is to change the cabin door arrangement on the upper deck for a more premium arrangement (and blocking doors-3). With upper decks used primarily for premium configurations – the seat counts are much lower – allowing for extra space to be released without compromising safety.
The extra space can add an extra row of business class seats (seven seat), or more premium economy seat (11 seat – two rows). A refit of this nature should pay for itself in a year.
Whilst some might think that this is more seats being filled up – again – upper decks on A380s (apart from a few airlines) are normally used for premium cabins – which have a low seat count and in theory – an easier evacuation path. Adding a row of seats should help improve the economics of the A380.
… if there’s anyone left to buy it.
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