According to latest reports, The A380Plus, which was revealed ahead of the Paris Air Show, is set to bolster a new wing design aimed to perk up aerodynamics.
In the recent times Airbus has been struggling to get new orders for the plane as more airlines go for for smaller twin-engine jets, which cost less to fly and maintain.
These tweaks introduced by the aerospace firm will allow for “up to four per cent fuel burn savings”, as the winglets are created to reduce drag.
The A380plus – which is still formally a development study – will also feature winglets which will provide up to 4% reduction in fuel-burn.
Reuters had earlier reported that Airbus (AIR.PA) was considering doing away with one of the hallmarks of its A380 superjumbo, a “grand staircase” echoing the era of cruise ships, as it looks to revive sales of the world’s largest airliner, industry sources said.
Together with a revised cabin layout announced in April that will accommodate 80 more passengers, overall costs per seat should be cut by 13 percent versus the current model.
Airbus last week revised down its forecast for the A380 category by 6 per cent to 1,184 aircraft, though at 4 per cent of total deliveries this remains more optimistic than Boeing – which has seen production fall, even for the Boeing 747-8.
“The A380 average seat count would move from 497 to 575 in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines”, the company said in a statement.
People familiar with the matter said on Sunday Airbus was also close to clinching a roughly $5 billion deal with low-priced carrier Viva Air Peru.
“We think the 737 MAX 10 is a competitor to the (MAX) 9 and that’s why a lot of people are converting”, said Airbus sales chief John Leahy.