A Look at Qantas’ Upgraded A380 Aircraft

The aircraft now features an all-premium class upper deck occupied by business and premium economy seats.

The upper deck.

Fresh from a multimillion-dollar refurbishment, the first of Qantas‘ upgraded A380 fleet took to the skies on October 1, delighting passengers with brand new business-class seats and a redesigned upper deck lounge.

With a 27 percent increase in premium seating and 30 fewer economy seats, the aircraft now features an all-premium class upper deck occupied by business and premium economy seats.

The first reconfigured aircraft, VH-OQK, operated as QF2 from London to Sydney via Singapore, arriving in Australia on October 2.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said: “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.”

Here’s what travelers can look forward to:

Qantas business suite.

Qantas business suite: These new seats replace the previous Skybeds, in a 1:2:1 configuration that now offers aisle access to every passenger.

Premium economy seats.

New premium economy seats: First launched on the Qantas Dreamliner, these seats have now been increased from 35 to 60.

The onboard lounge.

Redesigned lounge: The larger onboard lounge space can now seat up to 10 business and first-class passengers.

Updated first-class suites.

Updated first-class suites: The 14 first-class suites now feature new contoured cushioning, seat finishes, and a larger, higher-resolution entertainment screen.

Economy seats.

Economy cabin: New color palette and improved inflight entertainment.

More information here.

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