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Air Austral Plans to Cram 840 Passengers in an Airbus A380

Air Austral Boeing 777-300 (F-OSYD) with a 3-class layout

Air Austral Boeing 777-300 (F-OSYD) with a 3-class layout

Air Austral announced at the Dubai Airshow that they plan to buy two Airbus A380 superjumbo jets and configure them with all economy class, fitting about 840 passengers aboard. The airline is planning to fly the sardine-like-airplane between Reunion, France and Paris. They are the first airline to purchase the world’s largest airline in an all economy layout. Most airlines order A380’s in a multi-class seating of about 500 total seats.

Austral Air already has a fleet of 10 aircraft, including 3 ATR-72 and 2 Boeing 737’s that are all economy. However, they also have 5 Boeing 777’s with three class layouts.

It is bad enough waiting for an entire all economy Boeing 737 with about 125 seats in it to empty. I couldn’t imagine the chaos of 840 passengers trying to board, store their carry-ons, sit, and then de-board. No thanks!

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5 comments to Air Austral Plans to Cram 840 Passengers in an Airbus A380

  • Bjarni Olafsson

    Not for me thank you

  • Dorothy Franklin

    Wow, after a flight on this even RyanAir would look like a luxury liner!

  • Matt

    Presumably they will be using gates that have dual jetways? I’m always amazed when I travel through an airport like Burbank, or San Jose’s old terminal C, where you (still) board jets using stairs. It’s really remarkable how fast an airplane clears out when you can exit either from the front or the rear. It wouldn’t seem like it would make that much of a difference — people still have to stand up, put their shoes on, wait to reach the overhead bins, etc., but it really, really does. In a situation like this, if you have 2 doors active at the same time, with two aisles available, dunno, it’d be slow but not outrageously slow. If they’re only using one jetway, though…ugh…forget it!

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