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Airbus Develops Package of New A380 Cabin Enablers to Increase Seating Capacity

Airbus Develops Package of New A380 Cabin Enablers to Increase Seating Capacity

A380 ‘New Forward Staircase’ (NFS). Photo Credit: Airbus

Hamburg – Airbus is developing a full spectrum of new Cabin Enablers for customers of its flagship A380 airliner. The latest is the “New Forward Stairs” (NFS) option which was presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg earlier this week. Together these cabin enhancements will make this very efficient and comfortable airliner even better: Overall cabin optimization is expected to result in freeing up more cabin floor space for around 80 additional passengers. This would bring airlines significant additional revenues.
Dr. Kiran Rao, EVP of Strategy and Marketing at Airbus Commercial Aircraft said: “Continuous improvement of our products is our daily work. This new package for our A380 customers is a smart way to meet airline needs while improving the A380 economics with additional revenues and innovating in passenger comfort.” Dr. Rao added: “Only the A380 has the economies of scale and development potential to efficiently solve the problem of increasing congestion at large airports while providing the best comfort for passengers. The aircraft can also serve fast-growing markets and airlines regional airports, so we are adapting the aircraft to meet evolving market needs.”
The Airbus A380 currently offers 497 passengers. With all these A380 cabin enablers, the A380 seat count would move from 497 to 575 in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines.

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