Airbus to offer A380 reconfiguration

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Airbus is in the process of offering a higher density Airbus A380-800 configuration to customers, according to Airbus senior vice president leasing markets Andrew Shankland.

"We can offer configuration in the 560-575 passenger range from the current product," he told delegates at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) conference in Tokyo today.

According to Shankland, the A380 variant currently has an average 525 seats configuration but the potential 50-seat increase will involve switching cabins.

"By switching all economy seats placed in the main deck and simply putting the premium economy, first and business seats in the upper cabin, this will allow airlines to increase capacity and revenues."

He adds: "We are showing customers now we have enough aircraft in service."

Airbus delivered its 100th A380 in the second quarter of this year. It has now nine airline customers.

Shankland says the reconfiguration of the A380 will help customers to manage reconfiguration costs in the future and allow a better second-hand market penetration.

"Customers will minimise the complexity of their reconfigurations costs this way," he says.