Posted: Sun 18th Jun 2017

A380 plus: Airbus unveils upgraded ‘superjumbo’ at Paris Airshow

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 18th, 2017

Airbus has unveiled an upgraded A380, the “A380plus” which the company says will increase efficiency and economics and provide a 4 percent fuel burn saving.

The A380plus is fitted with new winglets measuring approximately 4,7 metres in height, an uplet of 3.5 metres, and a downlet of 1,2metres -and designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.

A380plus will have an increased maximum take-off weight of 578 tonnes carry up to 80 more passengers and fly 300 miles further.

Earlier this year the company revealed plans for a new ‘optimised’ cabin layout allowing up to 80 additional redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a new 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy.

John Leahy, Airbus COO Customers, explains:

“The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time.” John adds: “It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers. The A380 is well-proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports, and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience. ”

Plans for the A380plus were unveiled ahead of the Paris Air Show, where an A380 belonging to the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget airport has been fitted with the new wingtips and distinctive new branding

The show runs from 19th to 25th June 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems.

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