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Airbus to carry 840 passengers from La Réunion to Paris
November 18th, 2009 by elisa

The first single class Airbus A380 double-decker super jumbos carrying 840 passengers have been ordered by an airline. Air Austral, based in La Réunionin the Indian Ocean, has ordered two single-class A380s seating around 840 passengers to travel the route from La Réunion to Paris.

The airline’s president Gérard Ethève said: “The A380 will offer the best comfort of any aircraft in a high density configuration. With its spacious and extremely quiet cabins, we’ll enter a new era in terms of economic air travel.”

Airbus chief operating officer for customers John Leahy said: “Air Austral opens a new chapter for A380 operations. It will operate the A380 with the lowest fuel cost and emissions per passenger of any aircraft available today. The in-service experience has shown just how efficient the A380 really is, and this order from Air Austral demonstrates new ways of benefiting from that efficiency.”

I think that the lowest fuel cost and emissions per passenger is of course a good thing; but I’m not convinced by the amount of people on one aircraft and whether it will be as spacious  and quiet as they state. It is perhaps going to become more likely that people will travel in this way however; as it was only recently that I reported on Air France flying the airbus from Paris to New York in my blog, which can be found here.


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