Qantas has contracted Airbus for the upgrade of 12 flagship A380 cabins. The installation phase will start in Q2 2019. All 12 aircraft are planned to be upgraded by around the end of 2020.
The cabin upgrade for the double deck widebody will enhance passenger comfort on long-haul operations and the interior will take advantage of the A380’s large floor area to most efficiently embody Qantas’ latest seat products for Business Class and Premium Economy.
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.”
Evrard added: “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.”
The overall upper-deck integration will be the responsibility of Airbus, and the airframer will develop specific tailored monuments for Qantas and a new and unique business lounge area in the forward upper-deck.
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, an increase of one passenger.