Qantas has upgraded the first of 12 A380 cabins in a multimillion-dollar project designed to offer passengers a greater experience and better comfort.
All 12 of the national carrier’s A380 aircraft will be refurbished as part of a multimillion-dollar upgrade, delivering higher levels of comfort and a higher number of premium seats.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the upgrade would benefit customers in every cabin.
The aircraft’s upper deck lounge has been expanded to feature seating for 10 people on deep green leather couches and wood panelled walls.
The Premium Economy seat, which made its debut on the Qantas Dreamliner fleet, also features as part of the upgrade. Smarter use of space on the A380 has allowed Qantas to increase the number of Premium Economy seats from 35 to 60.
The Qantas Business Suite, dubbed “mini First” by the airline’s frequent flyers, has replaced the Skybed and provides direct aisle access for every passenger.
In total, there is a 27% boost to premium seats, improving the economics of the aircraft and allowing Qantas to respond to growing demand on long-haul flights.
The airline has used the introduction of the upgraded A380 to roll out several improvements for passengers travelling in the airline’s First cabin including a refresh of the First Suite with new contoured cushioning and higher resolution entertainment screen.
New First amenity kits include socks made from bamboo cotton and new skin care products from Australian brand LaGaia Unedited. The lounge also features a new self-service bar.
Qantas’ A380s will also feature a larger dedicated Premium Economy cabin including a self-service bar.
Qantas expects to complete the refurbishment of all remaining 11 aircraft by the end of 2020.