Airbus is presenting a developmental study for an enhanced version of the A380, called the “A380 plus.” The study includes aerodynamic improvements that would reduce fuel consumption, as well as an enhanced cabin layout, optimized maintenance planning, large winglets and other wing refinements which help for saving the fuel burn up to 4%.
Added to an optimized A380 maintenance programmer and the enhanced cabin features first shown at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in April, the overall benefit is a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380.
The new winglets measure approximately of 4.7 meters in height (an up-let of 3.5m, and a down-let of 1,2m). It is actually designed for the improvement of aerodynamics and reduces drag.
The optimized cabin layout based on the ‘cabin enablers’ presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), allows up to 80 additional seats with 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 takeoff weight (MTOW) of 578 tones providing the flexibility of carrying up to 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