Japan’s Skymark Airlines has scrapped plans for ‘all-premium’ Airbus A380 flights and cancelled its order for six of the superjumbos.
The low-cost airline's audacious gambit would have stacked the A380's upper deck with 114 business class seats, with 280 premium economy seats (shown below) on the lower deck, and launch a 'cut-price, all-premium service' shuttling between Tokyo, New York and London.
The premium economy cabin seats were to be arranged in 2-3-2 layout with an extra 8 inches (20cm) of pitch over standard economy seats, plus integrated leg rests for every passenger and shared AC power sockets.
In business class, however, Skymark had controversially opted for an angled lie-flat ‘sloping sleeper’ rather than a fully flatbed design.
But Skymark's financial misfortunes saw it ditch those plans and the six superjumbos initially ordered in 2011 against a list price of A$1.83 billion.
As the only Japanese airline to have ordered the Airbus A380, the revised fleet strategy comes just a month after Emirates’ staggering cancellation of 70 Airbus A350 aircraft.
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