19-Jun-2017 8:51 AM

Airbus presents development study for refined A380, projecting 13% per seat cost reduction

Airbus presented (19-Jun-2017) a development study for an enhanced A380, known as the 'A380plus', with a projected overall benefit of a 13% reduction in operating cost per seat. The study includes:

  • Aerodynamic improvements: Large winglets and other wing refinements offering up to 4% fuel burn savings;
  • Optimised A380 maintenance programme: Offers longer maintenance check intervals, a reduced six-year check downtime, and systems improvements;
  • Enhanced cabin features: Offers up to 80 additional seats, via redesigned stairs, a combined crew rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a new nine abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11 abreast in economy;
  • Increased weight: Maximum take off weight raised to 578 tonnes, providing the flexibility of carrying up to 80 more passengers, or raising range from 7900nm to 8200nm. [more - original PR]

Want More News Like This?

CAPA Membership provides access to all news and analysis on the site, along with access to many areas of our comprehensive databases and toolsets.
Find Out More