STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
The new Airbus A380plus mega-jumbo will feature a five-person row in Economy so they can squeeze more passengers on-board
NO ONE wants the middle row in Economy – there’s no view or elbow room.
But that space is about to get even worse on the new Airbus A380plus, because they are introducing a five-person row.
Airbus has released details of its new mega-jumbo at the Paris Air Show.
With a capacity to fit another 80-passengers, the A380plus is also four per cent more fuel-efficient than the current model with more aerodynamic features.
These include new, larger winglets measuring 4.7 metres from top to bottom to reduce drag, and other wing refinements.
But the biggest change for passengers is the “optimised cabin layout”, that allows up to 80 additional seats.
There will be an extra 23 seats in economy, thanks to an 11-abreast format.
That means there will be three seats on either side of the cabin and five seats in the middle row – that’s one middle seat you don’t want to be stuck in.
Other changes include a new forward facing staircase to fit in more seats, and nine-abreast in Premium Economy so that they can squeeze another 11 passengers into the cabin.
Airbus Chief Operating Officer for Customers, John Leahy, said: “The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics, and improved operational performance at the same time.
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“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 aircraft is expected to enter service on airlines in 2018.
A version of this story originally appeared on Escape.