Australian flag carrier Qantas has declared a major cabin upgrade for its 12 Airbus A380s to improve passenger comfort on long-haul flights.
Structural changes will focus on the aircraft’s upper deck where the airline’s planning to remove 30 Economy seats, while also rearranging partitions and crew workstations to make better use of space. There will be an additional six Business Class and 25 Premium Economy seats, increasing overall seat count on the aircraft by one and expanding premium seating by 27%.
The current Business Class ‘Skybeds’ will be replaced with the latest version of Qantas’ Business Suites. Premium Economy seating will be installed in a 2-3-2 layout, using a seat design 10% wider than the model it is replacing.
Qantas also plans to reconfigure the front of the A380’s upper deck and redesign the lounge area to provide more room for First and Business Class passenger to dine and relax.
The First Class cabin on the lower deck will be fully refurbished and the airline is also updating the Economy cabins with new seat cushions and an improved in-flight entertainment system.
Work on the first jet is scheduled to start during the second quarter of 2019, and Qantas expects all 12 aircraft to complete the upgrade by the end of the following year. The design integration is being managed by Airbus.