Sept 8, 2017: Qantas, the flag carrier airline of Australia has reached an agreement with Airbus to upgrade its 12 flagship A380 cabins to further enhance passenger comfort on long-haul operations while maximising economics. Specifically, the new interior takes advantage of the A380’s large floor area to most efficiently embody Qantas’ newest seat products for Business Class and Premium Economy.
Airbus will be responsible for the upper-deck integration on the whole. Besides, Airbus will develop specific personalised monuments for Qantas and an innovative and exclusive business lounge area in the forward upper-deck. The installation phase will start in the second quarter of 2019. All 12 aircraft are planned to be upgraded by around the end of 2020.
Didier Evrard, EVP Programmes Airbus Commercial Aircraft said, “We are very pleased to contribute to Qantas’ success and reputation by applying our innovation and proven expertise in designing and upgrading cabins to increase the efficiency and value of its A380 operations.” Evrard added: “This also shows the continued confidence of Qantas in the A380 as a key member of its fleet to offer its passengers a unique way to travel.”