Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Airbus unveils more spacious, fuel efficient A380plus plane

A new fuel-efficient wingtip extension or winglet is seen on an Airbus A380 at Le Bourget France A new fuel-efficient wingtip extension or winglet is seen on an Airbus A380 at Le Bourget Thomson Reuters
Nellie Chapman | 20 June, 2017, 02:31

PARIS, June 18 Peruvian low-priced airline startup Viva Air Peru is close to reaching a roughly $5 billion deal with Airbus to order about 30 recently upgraded A320neo jets and 15 current-generation models known as A320ceo, two industry sources said.

The giants Sales chief John Leahy said while announcement that the plane would offer "better economics and improved operational performance".

Airbus has struggled to attract new customers for its superjumbo aircraft, with 13 commercial carriers now operating the A380, and Japanese airline ANA set to take delivery of its first superjumbo in 2019. The study includes aerodynamic improvements, including new winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to 4% fuel burn savings. This proposal is designated the A380plus, and is meant to increase the aircraft's economics and efficiency while retaining passenger comfort. Airbus said the wing and cabin changes would cut the per-seat operating costs of an A380 by 13% compared with the configurations now in service.

Airbus, headquartered in France, said the new aircraft will be 4 percent more fuel efficient and will have more space for up to 80 more seats than the previous model.

While the only visible change on the outside is the new winglets, customers flying the aircraft will notice many new changes once they have boarded the aircraft.

Airbus has previously shown off incremental upgrades to the A380 which will become part of the A380plus.

This upgraded plane will also have an improved maximum take-off weight and require less regular maintenance checks.

Airbus also said the cabin had been optimised to allow up to 80 extra seats "with no compromise on comfort".

But he said questions remain over to what extent that demand would be met by four-engined jets like the A380 or big twinjets closer to 400 seats, like the Boeing 777-9 and Airbus A350-1000.