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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.

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