Airbus is looking to end a dearth of A380 orders with 11-across seating in the economy cabin.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Thu, Nov 14, 2013

Airbus will be looking to end a dearth of orders this year for its A380 at the Dubai air show, and it has been offering 11-across economy seating in its super-jumbo. Aircraft leasing firm Doric plans to order 20 A380s by the end of the year. These A380s will then be offered to customer airlines with 11-across economy with 17 inch wide seats. Although, for obvious reasons, Doric CEO Marc Lapidus, according to Bloomberg, declined to name his prospective customers. These particular A380s will be configured with as many as 630 seats, which means that this high-density version could carry up to 200 or more passengers more than the existing model. Airbus is offering the denser seating because it is currently facing a tough time with its A380s. No firm orders have been received this year while some existing customers are deferring orders. Although the A380 is a very economical plane, its operating efficiency is coming under pressure from planes manufactured by rival Boeing. The European company co-operates closely with the largest A380 customer Emirates, which has consistently said it could buy up to 30 more of the aircraft once it unlocks extra capacity in its network to handle the large jets. Now it appears that the Emirates, the airline which introduced passengers to the unpopular 10-across layout on the 777, is actively investigating installing 11-across seating on its A380 fleet. Quoted recently in the Wall Street Journal, Emirates CEO Tim Clark said, "We've tried it [11-across A380 seating]. It works." All airlines seek to operate the most efficient aircraft. User airlines of Boeing's 777-300ER have found they can squeeze in more seats to almost equal, or even exceed, the...

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