Airlines offer different products on Airbus A380

Seat plans and types vary widely between the six A380 airlines

As Korean Air prepares to become the sixth airline to fly the Airbus A380 on May 24 flying routes between Seoul and both Tokyo and Hong Kong, Business Traveller and look at how the layouts of the superjumbo differ at SIA, Lufthansa, Air France, Qantas, Emirates and Korean. Among the many details given, Korean Air will be the first carrier to give the whole of the upper deck to business class, with 94 “Prestige” sleeper seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. It will also have an in-flight Duty Free shop at the back of the lower deck. SIA offers double beds in first class, Emirates has showers, Qantas has a lounge area and Air France a digital gallery.
Each of the carriers has distinct layouts, although all six have business class on the upper deck. Emirates and Lufthansa have the first-class cabins above, but SIA, Qantas, Air France and Korean Air have the most premium seats on the lower deck. Both Emirates and Air France have more than one configuration for their A380s. Newer deliveries for Air France, for example, have 38 Premium Voyageur seats, which at the moment the earlier ones lack. Korean Air’s superjumbo has the fewest economy seats (301), Emirates the most (427). Air France has packed in the most seats overall (538), far more than Korean Air’s 407-seat design. But when Air Austral starts flying its A380s from 2014 they will have as many as 840 seats.
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[pictured: Lufthansa A380 cockpit close-up]