The thin edge of the wedge… A380 to have an 11 row configuration

11 seat rows in economy…deep joy

We knew it…, all the hype about the A380 being spacious, luxurious, a new standard of travel etc, gives way to reality, with a new configuration that squeezes even more people into economy.

Just when you thought economy couldn’t get any more cramped Airbus has come up with a development, by jamming an 11th seat into economy-class rows of the A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, giving a 3-5-3 seat configuration. Bags not me in the middle of that 5 seat row!

Flightglobal an aviation website, and reported elsewhere, a mock-up of this new 11-abreast seat configuration will be shown at an aircraft interiors trade show in April. The website reports that an aircraft leasing company is eager to get it into the hands of airlines worldwide.

But the configuration will not be popular with long-haul economy travellers, who will remember that the A380 was touted by Airbus with descriptions like “though actual configurations vary – was expected to usher in a new era of airborne luxury, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the mid-twentieth century’s so-called “golden age” of air travel.” I wonder how long it is until we see the first totally economy A380 with around 800 passengers?

It was always going to happen, but hopefully not on BA.

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