Airbus Showing Off 11-Abreast Seating in A380 Superjumbo
At Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Airbus showed off a new seat layout for its superjumbo A380 jet that squeezes more seats than ever in one row.
In a space where airlines at most install up to ten seats per row, Airbus has figured out how to place 11 abreast in what it calls its “budget economy” configuration. The option will be available to airlines starting in 2017.
The mock-up on display in Hamburg shows the new seats in a 3-5-3 configuration. Each seat is 18” wide, the same as the seats that are in the current seating, which is arranged in a 3-4-3 configuration. Airbus modified the entire cabin to allow for the additional seat, and the planes with the new seating will have an overall capacity of 544 passengers instead of the current 525.
Airbus is aiming the new option at airlines that want to attract more budget-minded coach passengers.
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