Some of the changes provide more room for the seats by modifying the cabin layout while others squeeze more people into each row. The average seat count on an A380 in operation today is 497 – below the suggested count. The extra space has made it a popular choice with passengers. The A380 now typically seats about 550 passengers on two decks in a three-class layout, though many airlines opt for fewer seats and add flourishes such as bars and showers at Dubai-based Emirates or in-flight duty-free shops at Korean Air Lines Co.
Emirates Airbus cabin marketing executive Ingo Wuggetzer said that introducing a slimmer stairway instead of the double staircase would generate enough space to add 20 extra seats.
Meanwhile, changing the shape of the rounded stairway at the back to a square one would provide further space, for 14 more passengers plus two food trolleys. “There’s a lot more revenue generation potential,” Wuggetzer said at the Aircraft Interiors fair in Hamburg on Tuesday.