News from rati.com (sorry, log-in needed):
Emirates president Jim Clarke outlines Emirates seat configuration details of their A380 entering service in 2006:
Jim Clarke: "If it [the A380] does what Airbus says it will do, and we have no doubt that it will be any different, against the 747-400 it will achieve seat/mile cost advantages of 24-25% and against the 777-300, the aircraft that we operate now, it effectively gives us a 18% seat/mile cost advantage. So what did we do? We thought that with these seat/mile costs we could actually start to take out seats to bring us a very good cost delta and create some very good passenger features."
In a two-class arrangement seat config will be "in the region of 650". Lower density will be introduced for the long-range flights such as DXB
, in the region of 480-490 seats.
"If the Wright brothers were alive today. Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs" (H. Kelleher)