The study includes aerodynamic improvements in particular new, large winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to 4 per cent fuel burn savings. Added to an optimised A380 maintenance programme and the enhanced cabin features first shown in April, the overall benefit is a 13 per cent cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380.
The new winglets measure approximately 4,7 metres in height (an uplet of 3.5 m, and a downlet of 1.2 m). It is designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.
The new cabin layout allows up to 80 additional seats, without, according to Airbus, no compromise on comfort: redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a new 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy.
The A380plus will have an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 578 tonnes providing seats for 80 more passengers over today’s range (8,200nm), or flying 300nm further.
The A380plus features longer maintenance check intervals, a reduced six-year check downtime, and systems improvements, which will reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft availability.