The Qantas upgraded A380

First Qantas Upgraded A380 Aircraft takes off

1 Oct 2019

Qantas welcomed the first passengers onto the first of twelve newly upgraded A380s today, delivering a new level of comfort for all travellers. The first flight which will operate as QF2 from London to Sydney via Singapore will arrive in Australia on Wednesday the 2nd of October.

The multimillion-dollar upgrade includes more seating across the Business and Premium Economy cabins both now on the upper deck, with the redesigned onboard lounge and a refresh of the aircraft’s First and Economy seating. Qantas has said that the upgrade would ensure the A380 status as one of the most popular aircraft with customers. The upgraded capacity of the aircrafts will be 14 First Suites (unchanged), 70 Business Suites (up by 6), 60 Premium Economy seats (up by 25) and 341 Economy seats (down by 30), for a total 485 passengers.

Qantas refurbished A380 new onboard bar

Qantas refurbished A380 new onboard bar

Premium seating has been increased by 27% which has come directly from the increase in demand on Qantas long-haul routes. The 14 First Class Suites have also been updated with new contoured cushioning, higher seat finishes and a larger, higher resolution entertainment screen.

Qantas updated First Class Suite

Qantas updated First Class Suite

Qantas updated First Class Seat

Qantas updated First Class Seat

The introduction of the Qantas Business Suite, replacing the previous Skybeds, in a 1-2-1 configuration that now gives all passengers direct aisle access.

The Qantas refurbished A380 Business Class Seat

The Qantas refurbished A380 Business Class Seat

The 1-2-1 layout gives all Business Class passengers direct aisle access

The 1-2-1 layout gives all Business Class passengers direct aisle access

The new Business Class cabin has increased to 70 suites

The new Business Class cabin has increased to 70 suites

The new Premium Economy seats that were first debuted on the Qantas Dreamliner have also been installed with a huge 60 premium economy seats available. 

The Qantas A380 Premium Economy Cabin

The Qantas A380 Premium Economy Cabin

The Qantas A380 Premium Economy Cabin is one of the biggest in the market with 60 seats

The Qantas A380 Premium Economy Cabin is one of the biggest in the market with 60 seats

The onboard lounge has been redesigned to accommodate both First and Business Class passengers and includes lounges style seating for 10 passengers.

Qantas A380 onboard lounge and Bar

Qantas A380 onboard lounge and Bar

Qantas A380 onboard lounge and Bar

Qantas A380 onboard lounge and Bar

The economy cabin has been updated with a new colour palette and improved inflight entertainment.

Qantas A380 Economy Cabin

Qantas A380 Economy Cabin

By the end of 2019, a further 2 A380s are expected to undergo refurbishment, and as part of the upgrade, Qantas will also install the next-generation seating across its entire long-haul fleet of A380s, A330s and 787s. Qantas expects to complete the refurbishment of the remaining 11 aircraft by the end of 2020.