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A380 Configuration

Fri Feb 23, 2001 3:28 pm

I know what people say that the A380 will have cabins in it and everything. Do you think any airline will make the aircraft like that or will they all just fill it up with seats.

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RE: A380 Configuration

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:03 pm

A380 is being sold to the airlines (supposedly) as a way of cutting seat/mile costs, and carrying more people.

My guess is that the airlines wouldn't have so much luxuries that it doesn't carry much more than a 744, but I could be wrong.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: A380 Configuration

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:49 pm

According to the Airbus website this will be the standard seat configuration:

Upper deck

Lower Deck

The lower deck can also be used for cargo

It seems to me they will just fill the whole aircraft up with seats

look on http://www.airbus.com/products/A380-100_cabin.asp for more information
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RE: A380 Configuration

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:53 pm

I think, the airlines will fill up the A380 with as much seats as required, but perhaps with a little bit more space, more seat pitch even in eco.

On the other hand, Virgin has already a bar in their B747. Why not on their A380?

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RE: A380 Configuration

Sat Feb 24, 2001 1:02 am

OO-VEG, this will certainly not be the typical configuration. First class : not a 2+2+2, but a 1+2+1, with suites; Biz Class what is schowd is about 42" seat pitch. With the A380, it will be more than 62". Eco class: what is schowed is 31", but with the 380, it will be about 34 (virgin even confirmed that). But there is also somewhere the airlines can put other facilities : in the cargo hold, there is a huge space for the PAX facilities.
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RE: A380 Configuration

Sat Feb 24, 2001 4:07 am

I think it's going to be VERY interesting to see what VS does with their First and Upper (Business) Class seating on the A340-600 and A380-800.

My guess is that VS may try to "ape" the cubicle-like seating of BA's First and Club World classes on the A346 and A388.
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RE: A380 Configuration

Sat Feb 24, 2001 4:12 am

doesn't anyone remember when the first 747 came out? Boeing was advertising that its 747s would have rooms somewhat like small hotel rooms. They showed families sleeping in beds. Airbus is basically doing the same thing. I can almost guarantee that airlines will take advantage of all of the room in the new A-380 by putting in as many seats as possible. Maybe one plane will have something like a bar in its inaugural year but the bar will soon be replaced with additional seats.
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RE: A380 Configuration

Sat Feb 24, 2001 4:20 am


I have news for you.

When the 747-100 first came out the upstairs space behind the cockpit could ONLY be used for lounge space due to evacuation requirements.

It wasn't until the 747-200 came out with its larger number of windows and a larger evacuation door on the upper deck that the space behind the cockpit could be used for seating, primarily First Class seating.

Because of the ICAO regulation that requires everyone on the plane to be evacuated in 90 seconds with 50% of the exits unusable, that will limit the number of seats on the A380-800. Airbus' 555-seat suggestion is based on meeting that specific requirement.

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