Australian flag carrier Qantas has announced a multi-million dollar major cabin upgrade for its 12 Airbus A380s to improve passenger comfort on long-haul flights and meet increased demand for premium cabins on flights to the US, Europe and Asia.

Work on the first A380 is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019. All 12 aircraft will be upgraded by the end of 2020. Airbus will manage the design integration.

Once the upgrade is complete, capacity will include:

  • 14 first suites (unchanged);
  • 70 business suites (up by six);
  • 60 premium economy (up by 25); and
  • 341 economy (down by 30), for a total of 485 passengers (up by one).