A one-configuration, 840 economy seated A380!?
Thats right! Today, I’m going to be talking about one of the most hilariously interesting reads I’ve seen in a long time!
So, when you think of an A380 you think of a gigantic plane with many, many seats. However, all of these airlines that operate the A380 have either; Business, economy, or first class, business, and economy. Well, what if you were to fit 840 economy seats on an A380? Thats exactly what Air Austral was planning on doing!
About Air Austral and their ambitious plan
So, as some of you know already, Air Austral is a Réunion-based company that operates flight to Europe, Asia, and Africa. They currently own a fleet of 8 aircraft; 2 being 788’s, 3 being B773’s, 2 more being 738’s, and 1 ATR-72. Not the biggest fleet, but they do have a great choice of wide body aircraft!
Air Austral began plans on purchasing two A380’s a few years back, with an atrocious plan of having at least 840 economy seats! They planned on using this drastic aircraft’s configuration on flights to Paris, which is about 11 hours flight time.
|Airbus A380-800||FMEE - LFPG||Approx. 11-12 hours|
Unfortunately, Air Austral abandoned this plan due to high costs, and the inability to sufficiently plan this route using this aircraft.
Let me know what you think about this, and thanks for looking!
Should’ve they resumed with this aircraft on this route or not?
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