Qantas Plans Significant Upgrades to A380 Cabin

Aug 25, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Qantas has quite the plans these days. After declaring yesterday that it wants to operate a nonstop flight from Sydney (SYD) to New York (JFK) even though the technology doesn’t exist yet, the biggest Australian airline has also announced a major overhaul of its A380 cabins.

Due to an increase in demand for premium cabin options, the airline plans to remove 30 economy seats from the upper deck and some crew workstations, replacing them with six more business class seats and 25 more premium economy seats. It will increase the overall amount of seats on the aircraft by 1 to 485 and grow the premium economy cabin by 27%.

The project will affect 12 of the 22 A380s Qantas owns. Furthermore, it will be upgrading its current business class seats to the latest version of Qantas Business Suites — bringing the total to 70 lie-flat seats. These are more private suites compared to the current Skybeds.

qantas-787-biz

New premium economy seats, which are 10% larger then the ones they will replace, will be laid out in a 2-3-2 configuration — with 60 premium economy seats total.

qantas new premium economy seats

With the extra space from removing the crew areas  the A380 will get a larger lounge area, designed by David Caon. The entire upper deck will now cater to premium passengers, with the lounge, business and premium economy cabins using all the space.

 

Qantas A380 lounge

The economy cabin will receive upgraded seats with new cushions and in-flight entertainment.

And for those lucky enough to enjoy Qantas first class, they’ll see minor upgrades to their suite with new cushioning, bedding and bigger, higher-res IFE screens.

Qantas first class seats will remain mostly the same, just with improved cushioning and better IFE.

Don’t hold your breath though, as the renovations aren’t expected to begin until the second quarter of 2019 with the upgrades being completed by the end of 2020. Qantas flies its superjumbo A380s only on select routes, with US departures from Los Angeles to Melbourne (MEL) and Sydney (SYD) and between Dallas (DFW) and Sydney (SYD).

“We’re seeing increased demand for Premium Economy and Business Class on the long haul routes that the A380 operates,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce in a statement. “Including from people using their Qantas points to upgrade. When more travelers experience these new seats, we expect that demand will keep rising.”

There a couple of ways to book an award seat on a Qantas A380. Since they are part of the Oneworld alliance you can use American miles, with one-way tickets starting at 110,000 miles in first, 80,000 miles in business and 40,000 miles in economy. You can also book with Alaska miles or British Airways Avios.

Featured image by Qantas. 

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No delivery fees for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with a DashPass subscription from DoorDash -over a $100 value. Activate with your Chase Sapphire card by December 31, 2021.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.