Seat configurations of Airbus A380

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The A380-800 layout with 519 seats displayed (16 First, 92 Business and 411 Economy)

The Airbus A380 has two full-length decks of 49.9 m (163 ft 9 in), though the upper deck has a slightly reduced usable length of 44.93 m (147 ft 5 in) due to the curvature of the front fuselage and the front staircase. The width of the main deck and upper deck measures 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in) and 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in) respectively.

Passenger capacity varies with the seat configuration chosen by the operating airline. While the A380-800 is certified for up to 868 passengers in a one-class configuration (538 on the main deck and 330 on the upper), Airbus references a "comfortable three-class" 544-passenger configuration in their marketing material[1]. However only Air France has come close to that number in a three-class configuration, with 538 seats (9 First, 80 Business and 449 Economy).

Of the planes currently in service, the passenger capacity ranges from 379 (4-class layout in Singapore Airlines) to 615 passengers (2-class layout in Emirates).[2][3] From late 2015, Emirates started operating planes seating 615 passengers in two classes for the Copenhagen route, the most ever seen, replacing the smaller Boeing 777. In all, 15 aircraft will use this configuration.[4][5][6][7][8] Airbus offers 11-abreast seats for delivery in 2017.[9]

Some airlines have speculated configuring the planes for higher seat numbers,[10] including a one-class layout seating 840 people.[11][12][13]

A380 cabin cross section, showing economy class seating

List[edit]

Customer Entry Into Service Total Passengers Deck Lower Deck Upper Deck Special features
First Business Premium
Economy
Economy First Business Premium
Economy
Economy
France Air France[14][15] 20 November 2009 516 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 81"/79"/35" 32"/–/17.5" 55"/78"/24" 38"/–/19" 32"/–/17.5" Electronic Art Gallery

Self-Service Bar

Changing Room

Seats 9 343 80 38 46
Configuration 1–2–1 3–4–3 2–2–2 2–3–2 2–4–2
Japan All Nippon Airways[16] 2019 520 Pitch/Bed Length/Width ?/–/? ?/?/? ?/?/? ?/–/? Couch seats

Bar Counters

Multi-purpose Room

Seats 383 8 56 73
Configuration 3–4–3 1–2–1 1–2–1 2–3–2
South Korea Asiana Airlines[17][18] 13 June 2014 495 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 84"/81"/25.2" 33"/–/18.9" 80.4"/74.5"/21.3" 33"/–/18.9"
Seats 12 311 66 106
Configuration 1–2–1 3–4–3 1–2–1 2–4–2
United Kingdom British Airways[19][20] 2 August 2013 469 Pitch/Width 78"/22" 72"/20" 31"/17.5" 72"/20" 38"/18.5" 31"/17.5"
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[21] 17 October 2011 506 Pitch/Width 83"/26.0" 32"/17.2" 77"/24.0" 32"/17.2"
Seats 8 352 70 76
Configuration 1-–2–1 3–4–3 1–2–1, staggered 2–4–2
United Arab Emirates Emirates[10][22][23] 1 August 2008 489 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 32"–34"/18" 86"/78"/23.0" 48"/70"–79"/18.5" Serviced Bar and Lounge

Self-Service Bar

Showers

Seats 399 14 76
Configuration 3–4–3 1–2–1 1–2–1, staggered
517 Seats 401 14 76
Configuration 3–4–3 1–2–1 1–2–1, staggered
516 Seats 426 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
519 Seats 429 14 76
Configuration 3–4–3 1–2–1 1–2–1, staggered
615 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 32"–34"/–/17.5" 48"/70"–79"/18.5" 32"–34"/–/17.5" Serviced Bar and Lounge
Seats 437 58 120
Configuration 3–4–3 1–2–1, staggered 2–4–2
United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways[24] 27 December 2014 498 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 31"/–/17.5" 80"/80"/29.5" 73"/73"/20" 9 "First Apartment"
1 "Residence" accommodating up to 2 passengers
with private bathroom and bedroom.

Shower

Lounge

Seats 417 9+2 70
Configuration 3–4–3 1–1 1–2–1, staggered
South Korea Korean Air[25] 17 June 2011 399 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 83"/79"/26.5" 33"–34"/–/18" 74"/–/21.6" Celestial Lounge

Duty-free Shop

Seats 12 293 94
Configuration 1–2–1 3–4–3 2–3–2
407 Seats 12 301 94
Configuration 1–2–1 3–4–3 2–3–2
Germany Lufthansa[26] 6 June 2010 509 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 38"/–/19" 31"/–/18.2" 81"/81"/31" 64"/78"/20" 31"/–/18.2"
Seats 52 336 8 78 35
Configuration 2–4–2 3–4–3 1–2–1 2–2–2 2–4–2
Malaysia Malaysia Airlines[27][28][29] 1 July 2012 494 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 89"/87"/26.1" 32"/–/18" 74"/72"/22" 32"/–/18"
Seats 8 350 66 70
Configuration 1–2–1 3–4–3 2–2–2 2–4–2
Australia Qantas[30][31] 20 October 2008 484 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 79"/79"/22" 31"/–/17.5" 78"/78"/21.5" 38"–42"/–/19.5" 31"/–/17.5" Self-Service Bar and Lounge
Seats 14 341 64 35 30
Configuration 1–1–1 3–4–3 2–2–2 2–3–2 2–4–2
Qatar Qatar Airways[32][33] 10 October 2014 517 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 32"/–/18.5" 83"/83"/23" 80"/80"/22" 32"/–/18.5" Serviced Bar and Lounge
Seats 405 8 48 56
Configuration 3–4–3 1–2–1 1–2–1 2–4–2
Singapore Singapore Airlines[34][35] 25 October 2007 441 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 81"/35" 38"/19.5" 32"/19" 55"/30" 32"/19" 2 double beds can be created
by combining 2 suites seats
Seats 12 36 245 60 88
Configuration 1–2–1 2–4–2 3–4–3 1–2–1 2–4–2
379 Seats 12 36 245 86
Configuration 1–2–1 2–4–2 3–4–3 1–2–1
471 Pitch/Bed Length/Width 38"/19.5" 32"/18.5" ?–21"/76"–27" 50"/78"/25" Each suite had a separate leather swivel chair and a stowed bed
Seats 44 343 6 78
Configuration 2–4–2 3–4–3 1–1 1–2–1
Thailand Thai Airways International[36] 6 October 2012 507 Pitch/Width 31"–32"/18" 82"–83"/26.5" 74"/20" 31"–32"/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]

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