Qantas looks set to be the first customer of Airbus’s new A380 Cabin-Flex solution that sees two of the exit doors deactivated in order to make room for extra premium seating on the double-decker superjumbo aircraft.
This new “Cabin-Flex” A380 format will see the number 3 doors at the aft end of the upper deck disabled, which is able to create space for up to 11 premium economy or seven business class seats on the aircraft, FlightGlobal reports.
Australia’s national carrier first announced it would be refitting its A380 cabins to offer greater premium seating in August last year. Refitting is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019, with all 12 of the airline’s superjumbos planned to feature the new layout by the end of 2020.
While disabling the two doors enables 11 premium economy or seven business class seats to be added to standard A380 formats, Qantas has previously stated its overhaul plan would also include the removal of 30 economy class seats in order to make way for a total of six additional seats in business class and 25 in premium economy.