Qantas reveals new-look A380 with fewer economy seats

Qantas is cutting the number of economy seats on the A380 to give premium passengers more space.

Qantas has announced a huge upgrade to its A380 planes, unveiling a fresh new look for the superjumbo jet.

It's good news for those on the top deck, as the current business class Skybeds will be replaced with the luxurious Qantas Business Suites.

The new, fully-flat seat - already installed on the Airbus A330 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner - gives all business passengers direct aisle access, bigger screens and more storage space.

There will also be a new Qantas premium economy seat, which is almost 10 per cent wider and described as "the most comfortable in its class".

The on-board passenger lounge, meanwhile, will be redesigned to give first and business class customers more space to dine and relax.

To make room, the airline is removing the 30 seats from the popular economy mini-cabin on the upper deck, dedicating this entire area to premium cabins.

That means there's room for an additional six business class and 25 premium economy seats upstairs, which the airline says is in response to the growing demand for premium cabins.

All 12 of the A380s in the Qantas fleet will be included in the refurbishment program, which starts mid-2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

On the lower deck, each of the 14 first class suites will get updated contoured cushioning and a larger, improved entertainment screen.

Qantas also says economy travellers will benefit from new seat cushions and better inflight entertainment.

The airline will fly its A380s more regularly on routes to Asia, with the 787 Dreamliner taking on the Melbourne-London route (via Perth) to free up A380 flying time.

Qantas has been flying its current A380s since 2008.

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