yeah, BA estimated that it would cost between 30 and 50 million pounds per airframe to convert it to a BA interior spec. that's untenable.
I'm kind of curious as to how they are defining refurbishing, are they planning on a complete interior gutting, ripping out galleys, bathrooms & going down to bare metal? Wonder how much money could be saved by leaving the washrooms & galleys in place & just changing seats/upholstery & whatever they use to divide class sections, sort of a partial refurb?
Judging by the quoted cost: gold plated toilet seats, side and knee airbags that can pop or retract on button commands, zone airconditioning at each seat, heated floors and ceilings, seat belt pretensioners, heated and cooled leather seats, shiatsu massage, live face to face chat with the cabin crew or your loved ones thanks to the HD webcam, IFE screens with retinal detection so that the cursor can follow your eyes and you dont need to be tapping the touchscreen and bothering the person in front of you but also pause a movie if you fall asleep, armrests with an integrated robotic arm that will bring your meals to your mouth so you can eat without having to lift a finger, transparent head-up displays so gou can get flight data without missing a second of the newest movie. I'm still missing a few but those should be the main ones.
Am I overdoing it?
At 100.000 USD per seat, for the cost of 4 economy class seats sandwiched between two aisles, you can get a Rolls Royce phantom or 2 Ferrari's.
Alternatively, for the cost of one refurbisbed seat, you can build a low budget house.
So it's certain that the executives in question are the ones who are losing touch with reality.
Lets be clear, there is no way it is $50Mln to refurbish the 380. That figure has been debated to death on other feeds and shown to be a bargaining ploy in getting prices down, which to be fair is what they should be doing.
It does make me laugh when it was mentioned upthread that "BA reckon it will cost 30m to bring the aircraft to BA standard" - you mean fitting inferior hard products than the ones they are retired with will cost that much?
It is interesting to see everyone saying that £30-£50 million pounds is outrageous and a complete lie, or a joke or a bargaining ploy.
I present this to you - https://blog.swiss.com/en/2019/06/new-cabin-interior/
This year, Swiss noted they spent 100 million Swiss francs on an interior refurbishment for five Airbus A340s. That is about £16,500,000 per aircraft and they were Swiss aircraft to begin with. Considering how much larger the Airbus A380 is, that £30 million per aircraft doesn't sound so outrageous now, does it?
Also, when putting it into BA configuration, it is not just the seats, galleys, and toilets. It's all the other optional items, from inflight entertainment, to the manufacturers of safety equipment, airline optional radio equipment and and any option cockpit items and so on. That plus all the maintenance to renew whatever needs to be renewed, life and time expired parts replacement, and the rest, means that the £30 to £50 million per frame is not unrealistic. You also have to factor in the man hours, which is included in the cost, and there would be a lot of man hours to reconfigure an A380.
If Swiss spent half that on their own aircraft for a cabin refit, the BA figure is not the lies everyone makes it up to be. Educate yourself and read the blog post from Swiss.