So you reckon today's Airbus A380 first class suites are eye-catching? Take a look at some original concepts for the superjumbo, created before the A380's debut in 2007.
These mock-up cabins explored the possibilities of the A380's spacious cabin.
Tagged as "super first class", the large private suites with their sliding doors are similar in general concept to what we see on the A380s flown by Singapore Airlines, Emirates , Asiana and Etihad – although with a decided more futuristic bent.
Interestingly, each suite contained a separate reclining chair and a lounge which folded out into a bed – a design only realised earlier this year by in Etihad's new A380 first class Apartments (seen below).
The Airbus mock-ups also included a first class lounge space with two sofas and tables on the upper deck.
The very front of the upper deck, on either side of the staircase to the main deck, saw a small lounge nook on one side and a "kingsize bathroom" which could incorporate a shower on the other side.
These are both elements which have been embraced in varying forms by all airlines flying the A380.
Business class was located downstairs at the front of the main deck, with Airbus showcasing what it called a "business class of the future."
This included pod-type lie-flat seats and a 1-2-1 design with direct aisle access for every passenger – traits which, barely seven years on, are now the norm for most business class cabins.
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