BLAGNAC, France (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The Airbus A380 , a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus, remains the world’s largest passenger airliner todate, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it.
But even this massive aircraft is not big enough to fully accommodate the increasing volume of air travel in this inter-connected world of ours.
In an effort to keep up with the high demand for airline seats, Airbus has redesigned a quarter of its current fleet of 380’s, which consequently also means higher profits for airline companies.
The new design, named Airbus 380-B, features rows of seats that alternately face forward and backward. The configuration adds at least 6 more seats per row. Although the design provides less elbow room and less space between seats, it creates more legroom — an additional 12 inches — for passengers, even and especially in the economy section.
Some airlines like United and Philippines Airlines charge an additional premium fee for front-facing seats.
Rich de la Cruz, a frequent traveler from the Philippines who experienced flying in economy class on the new aircraft recently, said he appreciates the additional legroom especially on 13 to 16-hour flights. Asked about the reduced elbow room and space between seats, de la Cruz said, “I don’t mind it at all. It’s actually cozy, especially when you’re seated next to a beautiful lady. It’s a pleasant perk!” He added, “It also encourages more social interaction among passengers.”