In September 2017, Qantas announced some major news regarding their A380’s. The carrier announced that the A380’s in the fleet would be seeing some upgrades to enhance the onboard experience for passengers in all cabins.
Tonight’s QF2 service will be the launch flight for the new cabins, it departs London at 9:05 pm local time.
First Class will consist of the same 14 suites, but the airline has added a new pillow menu, larger IFE screens, new fabrics and cushions and all-new mattress and bedding.
To see what Qantas First Class is like on the A380, click here.
The airline stated that they’d be completely getting rid of the current Business and Premium Economy product and replace it with the products found on their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The Skybed Mkii’s have fit the aircraft well, but nowadays, the product has no chance of competing with what the other airlines offer on the same routes to the United States or into Asia and Europe.
The Vantage XL seat is much more up to date, features a lot more privacy and is far more comfortable. The new Business cabin on the A380 will now consist of 70 suites instead of the current 64 suites.
To see a review of the Business Class product, take a look here.
The premium economy cabin will see an increase in seats to now be 60, which is just under double of the amount found on the A380 currently.
The airline has said that these seats will be 10% wider than the older seats that are on the A380.
While the premium economy cabin will see an increase in seats, the opposite can be said about the economy cabin. It will see a decrease in seats onboard.
While the economy cabin hasn’t been fully upgraded, the seats will have new upholstery and cushioning to make it comfortable for those long-haul services.
The newer configured A380’s will also no longer feature a small section on the upper deck. All Economy seating will be located on the main deck behind first class.
The upstairs bar/lounge has also received an upgrade, this is what it’ll look like: VH-OQK was the first A380 to receive its upgrades and Qantas expect to have their whole fleet fitted out by the end of 2020.
Qantas has told me that they will be holding a media event in the coming days to show off the new cabins on the aircraft. Once I’ve got the photos, I’ll be doing a post and Youtube video.
What are your thoughts on the upgrades?