The first refurbished Qantas Airbus A380 has entered service today. The aircraft (VH-OQK) had been undergoing the refit in Dresden since mid-July.
Passengers in all cabins will be able to take advantage of the refit. New seats feature in both Premium economy and Business Class, where as the Economy and First seating has been refreshed.
Speaking of the upgrades, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce commented:
“The A380 is a crucial part of our long-haul fleet and this upgrade program will see customers enjoy everything the aircraft has to offer for years to come,”
“It also provides an increase in Business and Premium Economy seating to help match the demand we’re seeing on our long-haul routes.
“Working with Airbus, we’ve been able to use the cabin space more efficiently and improve the economics of the aircraft while also providing a better experience in every part of the aircraft.
“By the end of this upgrade, we’ll have next-generation seating across our entire long-haul fleet of A380s, A330s and 787s.”
Compared to the previous generation A380 cabin, the refreshed aircraft feature:
A Business Class cabin that offers all aisle access in a 1x2x1 layout – improved from the previous 2x2x2 layout. An increase in the number of Premium Economy seats – from 34 to 60. A new lounge area for the use of Business Class and First Class passengers. Improved entertainment screens in the First Class cabin. An enhanced colour palette in Economy Class.
Obviously, the biggest change is in the business class cabin, which brings the A380 more into line with whats offered on the airlines recently delivered 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Where can I fly the refurbished plane?
As of today, the aircraft is on the London Heathrow-Singapore-Sydney route. Whilst there is just one aircraft currently with the refreshed cabin, it wont stick to any one specific route, and instead cycle through the system cropping up wherever the A380 flies. By the end of 2019 the airline hopes to have three refurbished A380’s in service, meaning at that point it would be more feasible to assign the updated product to a specific route.
Qantas plans to have the entire fleet refurbishment completed by the end of 2020.
To track the refurbished Qantas A380, see here.