Airbus A380 seat configurations

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The A380-800 layout with 519 seats displayed

The Airbus A380 has two full-length decks of 49.90 m (163 ft 8 in), though the upper deck has a slightly reduced usable length due to the curvature of the front fuselage and the front staircase. The main deck measures 6.58 m (21 ft 7 in) in width and the upper deck 5.92 m (19 ft 5 in).

Passenger capacity varies with the seat configuration chosen by the operating airline. While the A380-800 is certified for up to 853 passengers (538 on the main deck and 315 on the upper), achievable with a one-class configuration, Airbus references a "comfortable three-class" 525-passenger configuration in their marketing material[1] however few airlines have configured A380s with that many seats.

Airlines' announced capacities range from 407 passengers (Korean Air) to over 644 (Emirates Airline, in two classes).[2][3] In 2008 Air Austral reported its plans to configure a one-class A380 layout with an 840-passenger capacity, but in July 2013 reversed those plans, and as of September 2013 it was unclear if they would take delivery of A380s at all.[4][5][6]

A380 cabin cross section, showing economy class seating


Customer Total Passengers Deck Lower Deck Upper Deck Special features
Class First Business Economy First Business Premium
Economy
Economy
France Air France [7][8] 516 Pitch/width 81"/35" 32"/19" 55"/34" 32"/19" Electronic Art Gallery
Seats 9 343 80 38 46
Configuration 1-2-1 3-4-3 2-2-2 2-3-2 2-4-2
538 Seats 9 343 80 106
Configuration 1-2-1 3-4-3 2-2-2 2-4-2
United Kingdom British Airways[9] 469 Pitch/width  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Seats 14 44 199 53 55 104
Configuration 1-2-1 2-4-2 3-4-3 2-3-2 2-3-2 2-4-2
China China Southern Airlines[10] 506 Pitch/width  ?  ?  ?  ?
Seats 8 352 70 76
Configuration 1-2-1 3-4-3 1-2-1, staggered 2-4-2
United Arab Emirates Emirates [2][11][12] 489 Pitch/width 32"/18" 86"/23" 48"/18.5" bar and shower
Seats 399 14 76
Configuration 3-4-3 1-2-1 1-2-1, staggered
517 Seats 427 14 76
Configuration 3-4-3 1-2-1 1-2-1, staggered
United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways[13] 498 Pitch/width 9 "First Apartment"
1 "Residence" accomoding up to 2 passengers
with private bathroom and bedroom
Seats 417 9 + 2 70
Configuration 3-4-3 1-1 1-2-1, staggered
South Korea Korean Air [3][14] 407 Pitch/width 34"/ 74"/ bar, lounge and duty-free showcase
Seats 12 301 94
Configuration 1-2-1 3-4-3 2-2-2
Germany Lufthansa[15] 526 Pitch/width 31"/20.5" 90-92"/31.5" 57-60"/19.6"
Seats 420 8 98
Configuration 3-4-3 1-2-1 2-2-2
Malaysia Malaysia Airlines [16][17]

[18]

494 Pitch/width 89"/40" 32"/18" 74"/? 32"/18"
Seats 8 350 66 70
Configuration 1-2-1 3-4-3 2-2-2 2-4-2
Australia Qantas[19][20] 484 Pitch/width 83.5"/29" 31"/18.1" 80"/21.5" 38-42"/19.5" 30 self-service bar and lounge
Seats 14 341 64 35
Configuration 1-1-1 3-4-3 2-2-2 2-3-2
Singapore Singapore Airlines[21][22] 471 Pitch/width 81"/27-35" 32"/19" 55"/34" 32"/19" 2 double beds can be created
by combining 2 suites seats
Seats 12 311 60 88
Configuration 1-2-1 3-4-3 1-2-1 2-4-2
409 Seats 12 311 86
Configuration 1-2-1 3-4-3 1-2-1
Thailand Thai Airways International [23] 507 Pitch/width 32"/18" 83"/26.5" 74"/20" 34"/18" self-service bar and lounge
Seats 377 12 60 58
Configuration 3-4-3 1-2-1 1-2-1, staggered 2-4-2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A380-800 / Cabin layout & comfort". Airbus. 2011-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Emirates A380s to Establish New Airliner Seat Record". Aviation. 8 June 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Korean Air A380s to have just 407 seats
  4. ^ Fairfax Media. 2009. Sydney Morning Herald. "Airline to turn A380 superjumbo into sardine can" http://www.smh.com.au/travel/airline-to-turn-a380-superjumbo-into-sardine-can-20090116-7imb.html
  5. ^ Private Media Pty Ltd. Crikey. "Plan for 840 seat all economy A380 ditched by Air Austral" http://blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalking/2013/07/31/plan-for-840-seat-all-economy-a380-ditched-by-air-austral/
  6. ^ CH Aviation "Air Austral to launch Ewa Air on October 29 as A380 talks drag on" http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/22187-air-austral-to-launch-ewa-air-on-october-29-as-a380-talks-drag-on
  7. ^ "Flight check: Singapore Airlines A380". Business Traveller. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  8. ^ http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Air_France/Air_France_Airbus_A380.php | Air France seat plan (SeatGuru)
  9. ^ "British Airways - Airbus A380-800". British Airways. 
  10. ^ "First A380 for China Southern Airlines takes off for final round of tests". China Southern Airlines. 
  11. ^ Gulfnews: Emirates unveils A380 seat plan
  12. ^ Emirates publishes timings and seat plans for A380 flights to Oz/NZ – Business Traveller
  13. ^ Etihad A380 seat map
  14. ^ Korean Air to feature business-only A380 upper deck
  15. ^ New cabin design – the customer's opinion counts
  16. ^ Malaysia Airlines unveils A380 configuration FlightGlobal 8 March 2012
  17. ^ MAS reveals A380 details Asian Aviation 8 March 2012
  18. ^ http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/hq/en/mh-experience/our-fleet/airbus-a380-800.html
  19. ^ Stanley, Bruce (2007-07-25). "Qantas Flaunts Super-Jumbo Perks". THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  20. ^ http://www.qantas.com.au/flash/miniSites/a380_08/export/download/plane_plan.jpg
  21. ^ "First To Fly A380". Singapore Airlines. 
  22. ^ Singapore Airlines
  23. ^ "Thai Airbus A380". Thai Airways International.