Qantas A380 Cabin upgrade


Qantas will upgrade its fleet of 12 Airbus A380’s to improve passenger comfort on long haul flights. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Replacing Business Class Skybeds with the latest version of Qantas’ Business Suites, dubbed ‘mini First Class’ by frequent flyers. Every seat gives direct aisle access and allows better use of cabin space compared with the Skybed.

  • Installing the airline’s all new Premium Economy seat in a 2-3-2 configuration. This seat is almost 10 percent wider than the model it replaces and will debut on the Dreamliner later this year.

  • Reconfiguring the front of the A380’s upper deck to redesign the passenger lounge to provide more room for First and Business Class customers to dine and relax.

  • Enhancing First Class, which remains in its current configuration on the lower deck. Each suite will be fully refurbished, including contoured cushioning and a larger, higher resolution entertainment screen.

  • Updating Economy with new seat cushions and improved inflight entertainment.

  • Work on the first A380 is expected to begin in the second quarter of calendar year 2019. All 12 aircraft will be upgraded by the end of 2020. The design integration will be managed by Airbus.

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Louise Brettell