By Mike Atkinson
Emirates A380 passengers beware — There could be an extra middle seat added to the economy section.
If you’re given the option of picking your seats pre-flight the plane the last place most flyers go is the middle seat of the aircraft. With the middle seat you can potentially wave goodbye to both armrests and easy access to the toilets, and hello to 2 sets of body odour.
The extra economy seat would bump the total number of seats from 10 across to 11. This means A380 passengers would be seated in a three-five-three setting, rather than the current three-four-three setting — effectively creating a middle seat, which is bound to become the most loathed seat in the cabin.
Airbus discussed the design plan at the ILA Berlin Air Show this week. And the move would be a no-brainer for Airbus, which stands to raise $32 million by adding the extra seats to its double-decker A380s.
The 11th seat has been mooted in previous exibitions by Airbus, so it could be a while before the plan is officially implemented — aimed to attract new business to the floundering A380 program.
There are more than 170 Airbus A380s in operation by 13 airlines, most notably Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Etihad and British Airways. The only A380 route out of Perth is the Emirates shod flight to Dubai, which operate daily from the International Terminal.
The largest passenger jet in the world, the A380 is a double-decker jet that has four cabin classes: economy, premium economy, business and first-class.