Words by Hugh Morris
New pictures show how Emirates scrapped first class on the world’s largest plane to accommodate the most passengers ever, with more than 550 economy seats.
The airline’s first two-class Airbus A380, launched at the Dubai Airshow, has gained 130 more economy seats than its sister three-class plane, by cutting out first class and reducing the number of business class flatbed seats. It now boasts 557 economy seats and 58 business, taking the total to an impressive 615 passenger seats. There is also a business class lounge.
Emirates’ existing A380s, both with three-classes, seat 489 and 517 passengers.
The additional 130 seats have come in the shape of 13 rows of 10. However, customers will not have their legroom sacrificed.
The seats’ pitch, broadly translating as leg room, remains at up to 95 centimetres, the same as the Airbus A380’s three-class offering. However customers will lose out on a 1.75 centimetre of seat width – down to 45.25 centimetres from 47.
The Dubai-based airline says each seat on the plane will feature one of the widest screens in the industry, at 33.8 centimetres. Its in-flight entertainment system offers access to more than 2,000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games.
The two-class, double-decker A380 will begin commercial service on December 1, when it starts a route between Dubai and Copenhagen, a flight of about seven hours. An economy class single will cost around A$1200, with a business class ticket costing A$6,000.
The aircraft is Emirates’ 68th A380 in its fleet (with 72 more on order) and was flown direct to Dubai Airshow from Airbus's German headquarters in Hamburg, so the guests to view the plane at the event were the first in the world.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group, said: “The Dubai Airshow has grown to become a key event in the aviation and aerospace calendar and it is fitting that the aircraft on display this year embody the growth of Emirates as a global airline and as an enabler focusing on meeting the future demand for highly skilled professional airline pilots.”
UK carrier British Airways took its Airbus A380s in the opposite direction, configuring each aircraft with four classes.
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