In case you’d missed the news, Qantas are in the midst of a mid-life refresh on their fleet of 12 Airbus A380’s. Yesterday the first fully updated A380 took to the skies, flying from Sydney to London via Singapore.
Pictures were released of the refreshed plane last week which you can see in the gallery below. The biggest change to the plane is definitely in the Business and Premium Economy cabins, with the 380’s finally getting the highly regarded Business Class suite that has been fitted to the airline’s Dreamliner and A330’s for a few years now. Premium Economy also gets the same seats as the Dreamliner (which aren’t without their issues). There’s also been a significant update to the onboard lounge on the upper deck which used to be useless, and now looks pretty damn nice.
Economy looks pretty much exactly the same, while First has had a gentle touch up with some new fabrics and a higher resolution IFE display, but fundamentally remains as the same product.
The old A380 had a small economy cabin on the upper deck which has now been removed, meaning a total reduction of 30 economy seats on board. Business Class and Premium Economy space has increased, however, with total capacity on the new A380’s actually increases by one seat to 485.
The lower deck layout remains the same, with a small First cabin up front followed by 341 economy seats behind it.