Inside Qantas' new Airbus A380 cabin

The Australian airline is spending millions of dollars upgrading its A380 fleet.
The Australian airline is spending millions of dollars upgrading its A380 fleet. Photo credit: Qantas/Getty

Qantas has unveiled the new state-of-the-art cabin being installed in its Airbus A380 aircraft fleet.

Despite the future of the mega airplane being uncertain due to a lack of orders, Qantas is extending the life of its 12 double-decker A380s by upgrading their interior.

Designed by Australian David Caon, the new interior extends the lounge in the aircraft's upper deck, which can now seat 10 people on deep green leather couches.

Inside Qantas' new Airbus A380 cabin
Photo credit: Qantas

Qantas has installed the Caon-designed premium economy seats that it debuted in its Dreamliner fleet and has increased the number of seats in this class from 35 to 60.

The airline has replaced its Skybed product with a new 'Business Suite', which has been dubbed 'mini First' by Qantas frequent flyers.

As well as the new cabin, first class passengers can also expect a new range of services including contoured cushioning and higher resolution entertainment screens.

Inside Qantas' new Airbus A380 cabin
Photo credit: Qantas

New amenity kits including socks made from bamboo cotton and new skin care products will also be available.

There's also a new menu for first and business class travellers, designed by Neil Perry. It includes fishcakes, prawns and mushroom arancini in a tomato ragu.

Inside Qantas' new Airbus A380 cabin
Photo credit: Qantas

The new layout will increase the number of business class seats by six to a total of 70 and reduce the number of economy seats by 30 to 341. There's no change to the number of first class seats, so overall the new layout will have just one more seat than its predecessor. 

Qantas expects to complete the refurbishment of its entire Airbus A380 fleet by the end of 2020.

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