The Big Squeeze: Adding extra seating to economy on the A380.

Just when you thought that there was no way to squeeze anything more into an economy cabin, plans to add an extra seat on the A380 have been unveiled. At the recent Aircraft Interiors expo in Hamburg, the new configurations were shown. Its a 3-5-3 configuration.

The proposed 3-5-3 configuration in the A380 airbus.

The proposed 3-5-3 configuration in the A380 airbus.

It’s hard to find something positive to say about this. Great for a family of five perhaps? That’s where my positivity stops. Imagine being the lone traveller in the middle seat; passing meals across, attempting to go the toilet etc. No thank you. I wonder if the additional cost means that plane tickets will be reduced? I for one will have my fingers crossed that Singapore Airlines (my choice of airline) will not be adopting this. Emirates have not been keen for the uptake it has been reported. Checking your seating configuration will be ever so important if airlines choose to squeeze people in economy in this way. To read more about this check out Australian Business Traveller’s article.

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