ENHANCED A-380 SUPER JUMBO
Plans for an enhanced A-380 Super Jumbo, the A-380plus, with new large winglets to provide up to four per cent fuel burn savings and a 13 per cent cost reduction per seat versus the current A-380 have been unveiled by Airbus. A development study released by the company also envisages an optimised A-380 maintenance programme and enhanced cabin features. The new winglets are about 4.7m high, with an up let of 3.5m and a down let of 1.2m, and are designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. The cabin layout is based on the “cabin enablers” and allows up to 80 more seats. There are also redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, and a new nine-abreast seat configuration in Premium Economy and 11-abreast in Economy. Airbus says the A-380plus will have an increased maximum takeoff weight of 578 tonnes to provide the flexibility to carry the extra passengers over today’s range of 8,200nm or to fly 300nm further. The aircraft also features longer maintenance check intervals, a reduced six-year check downtime and systems improvements which the company says will reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft availability.