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Airbus A380 plus – Super Cool Facts You Didn’t Know..!

Airbus A380

World largest Airbus A380s improvised version A380 plus is entering civil aviation in the coming future. This Aircraft is equipped with more seat capacity and most efficient in performance than A380 series.

When Airbus announces the launch of A380 plus Aircraft, Emirates showed interest. Where in Emirates President  Mr.Tim clark is keen that Airbus should find more and more operators who can add A380 plus to their fleets just to ensure the program’s survival.  The A380 plus includes new winglets and refinements to the wing’s aerodynamics that would improve fuel-burn by 4%, according to Airbus. And the cabin features first shown at aircraft Interiors expo (AIX) in April, the overall benefit is a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380.


Fast Facts :

Airbus COO Customers Mr.John Leahy explains the features of A380plus

  • A380 plus is efficient way to offer better economics and improved operational performance.
  • The new winglets measure approximately 4.7 meters in height. It is designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.
  • With additional 80 seats increases the seat capacity without compromising the comfort.
  • The A380 plus will have an increased Maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of With reduced maintenance cost and increased aircraft availability.
  • Over 170 million passengers have already enjoyed the experience of flying on board an A380 today. n
  • Every two minutes an A380 takes off or lands somewhere in the world.
  • Emirates could order 20 aircraft at the November Dubai Air Show
  • Wing twist will be modified and its camber changed by increasing its height by 33 mm (1.3 in) between Rib 10 and Rib 30, along with upper-belly fairing improvements
  • The in-flight entertainment, the flight management system and the fuel pumps will come from the A350 to reduce weight and improve reliability and fuel economy.
  • Light checks will be required after 1,000 hr instead of 750 hr and as heavy check downtime will be reduced to keep the aircraft flying for six days more per year.

Cabin enablers description

  • New Forward Stairs – 20 more passengers (Business, Premium Economy & Economy Classes)

The NFS involves relocation of the forward stair from Door 1 to Door 2, and combining the entrance of the NFS to the upper deck (going up), with the adjacent staircase to the lower-deck crew-rest (going down). The NFS would make room for up to 20 additional passengers.

  • Combined Crew-Rest Compartment (CCRC) – three more passengers (Premium Economy)

For the CCRC, the existing flight-crew-rest (behind the cockpit in the mezzanine area at Door 1) is moved down and combined with the cabin crew rest on the lower deck. This innovation frees space for three extra Premium-Economy passengers at the front of the main-deck.

  • 11-abreast 3-5-3 economy layout on the main-deck – 23 more passengers (Economy Class)

Thanks to an innovative seating concept developed by Airbus and its seating partners, Airbus is able to maintain an 18inch seat-width while offering airlines an 11-abreast Economy Class on the main-deck in a ‘3-5-3’ configuration. This enables an increase in capacity of 23 seats – adding significantly to the A380’s revenue-generating potential.

  • New Aft-Galley Stair Module (AGSM) – 14 more passengers + two food trolleys

The AGSM involves the redesign of the rear-stair from a spiral configuration to a straight/square one. On the main-deck, this allows valuable storage volume for galley modules. Overall the AGSM provides space for 14 more revenue passengers plus two extra food trolleys.

  • Upper-deck sidewall stowage removal – 10 more passengers (Business Class)

The option to remove the sidewall stowages on the upper-deck increases the wall-to-wall cabin width at foot-rest height – which makes space for up to 10 more business class seats / beds when an angled herring-bone arrangement is used.

  • Nine-abreast Premium Economy on the main deck – 11 more passengers (Premium Economy)

The A380’s generous main-deck cross section – significantly wider than any other commercial airliner – is allowing seat manufacturers to optimise their Premium Economy (PE) seat designs to create the industry’s most efficient and comfortable PE layout possible. This layout enables 11 more PE seats than in an eight-abreast layout.

Article by : Manjunath.NK

Bangalore , India 


He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)