- Aug 29, 2005
Article in the Sydney Morning Herald, says Qantas will be opting fro a 'sub-500' layout in their A380's, with onboard lounge access for WHY pax.
QANTAS this week launched itself into a "space war" with its key competitors, such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines, promising that its new flagship super-jumbo, the Airbus A380, would revolutionise its first-class cabin, "enhance" the new sleeper-bed product in business class and reverse the trend in which economy-class seating space has been gradually squeezed over the past decade.
Now, however, following Singapore Airlines' announcement that its new A380 would have only 480 seats, Qantas has announced that its final definition will also have fewer than 500.
It had always been expected that Qantas' most lucrative customers at the pointy end would get the lion's share of the lounges and bars that have been a key part of Airbus' spruiking for the new plane. From the little Qantas is now saying - it won't unveil the details for some time because its first A380 doesn't arrive until April 2007 - economy customers will also have "access" to lounge areas.