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Emirates unveils new Airbus A380 with a record 615 seats

Economy class is getting even bigger after Emirates reconfigured its new Airbus A380-800 planes to hold the most seats ever for an airliner.

Emirates unveils new Airbus A380 with a record 615 seats
Emirates unveils new Airbus A380 with a record 615 seats

Already the world’s largest passenger plane, the new two-class A380 will hold a staggering 615 passengers in business and economy – but travellers in so-called cattle class will not lose any legroom inside Emirates’ overhauled cabin.

The luxury Gulf carrier has made room for 130 additional economy seats, or 13 rows with 10 seats in each, by scrapping the spacious first class cabin and trimming 18 flat-bed seats from business class.

Despite cramming more seats on board the superjumbo jet, the Dubai-based airline said economy will still be spacious and comfortable, and guests will be able to pass the time by watching films or TV shows on one of the industry’s widest in-flight entertainment screens, at 13.3in.

Perhaps the best news of all, economy passengers on the new A380 will not lose any legroom, according to SeatGuru.com.

The website said the seat pitch (the space between the back of one seat and the back of the seat behind it) will remain 32-34in and the width will be slightly smaller at 17.5in – half an inch less than Emirates’ three-class A380s, which have fewer economy seats.

Emirates’ existing A380s have two different configurations with three classes – first, business and economy – seating 489 or 517 passengers.

Emirates' first two-class A380 was delivered to the Dubai Airshow this week and will be used on the carrier's Dubai-Copenhagen route
Emirates’ first two-class A380 was delivered to the Dubai Airshow this week and will be used on the carrier’s Dubai-Copenhagen route

If an airline decided to scrap first and business classes and convert an entire A380-800 into an economy-class only configuration, it could hold 853 passengers.

While it may be ‘cattle class’, Emirates’ economy cabin is among the best in the industry, taking seventh place in this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards.

One of its biggest perks is an in-flight entertainment system that has been named the world’s best for a record 11 consecutive years. It has more than 500 films on offer, and it displays incredible scenes from on-board cameras that show the pilots’ view or the ground below, said Emirates. Daily Mail