Airbus has unveiled a “development study” for an enhanced A380 called the A380plus covering aerodynamic improvements in new, large winglets and other wing refinements
The improvements allow for up to 4-per-cent fuel-burn savings, it said in a press release on Monday. Added to an optimised A380 maintenance programme and enhanced cabin features first shown at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in April, the overall benefit is a 13-per-cent cost-per-seat reduction compared to today’s A380.
“The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time,” chief operating officer John Leahy said.
“It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers. The A380 is well-proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports, and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience.”