Airbus presented a development study for the “A380plus” at the Paris Air Show. The study includes aerodynamic improvements in new, large winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to 4% fuel burn savings, optimized maintenance program, cabin features, a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380.
“The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time,” said John Leahy, Airbus COO Customers. “It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers. The A380 is well-proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports, and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience. ”
The new winglets measure approximately 4,7 metres in height (an uplet of 3.5m, and a downlet of 1,2m). It is designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.
The cabin layout based on the ‘cabin enablers’ presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo, allows up to 80 additional seats: redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy.
The A380plus will have an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 578 tonnes providing the flexibility of carrying up to 80 more passengers (from today’s average 497 to 575b in four classes) over 8,200nm range (300nm further than before).
The A380plus features longer maintenance check intervals, a reduced six-year check downtime, and systems improvements, which will reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft availability.
The A380 is the world’s largest, most spacious airliner that offers passengers the smoothest, quietest and most comfortable ride. With two full widebody decks, offering widest seats, wide aisles and more floor space, the A380 has the unique capability to generate revenue, stimulate traffic and attract the flying public.
497 passengers is the airline’s average capacity of the A380s currently in operation today – which are consistently attracting above-average passenger load factors. With all A380 cabin enablers, the A380 average seat count would move from 497 to 575 in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines.