One of the unique aspects of the A380 was that it gave airlines the chance to add new features to their planes. The aircraft’s size meant things like first class suites, showers, and onboard duty-free shops were now possible. But which airline opted to place an onboard lounge on their Airbus A380s?
The airline most synonymous with the Airbus A380 is undoubtedly Dubai-based giant Emirates. The carrier features a horseshoe-shaped bar on its A380s, located in the rear part of the upper deck, behind the business class cabin. The lounge area seats eight passengers and has room for up to 26 in total (standing and sitting). The lounge and bar are open to all business and first class passenger flying passengers.
Another airline with an onboard lounge on its A380s was Qatar Airways. With a distinct wave design, the mood lighting on the A380 made the lounge quite a welcoming space on long flights where it was deployed. However, with half of Qatar’s A380 fleet now retired, it’s unknown if we will see this area again.
Notable for its massive “Residence” suites on the A380, Etihad also featured a small lounge on its superjumbo. Named “The Lobby,” the lounge features a round table surrounded by seats on either side, with a bar on the wall behind. Seating is limited to only a handful of people due to this design.
While most airlines added features like suites and showers to their A380s, Korean Air took it a notch higher. In addition to its Dream Lounge and “Celestial Bar” on the A380, the carrier also features a duty-free shop onboard. The lounge features spectacular night lighting and signature cocktails.
Soon to be merged with Korean, Asiana also features an onboard lounge on its A380 fleet. Located at the front of the upper deck, the lounge is rather small, seating only a handful of passengers. However, it does provide a relatively private area to enjoy a drink stretch your legs on very long flights.
While many carriers opted to experiment with their A380 amenities, other airlines stuck to making changes to their seats alone. Notable airlines without a lounge include Singapore Airlines, Air France, ANA (only counters), and several others.
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Overall, the retirement of the A380 likely means that we will lesser of luxuries like onboard showers, lounges, and bars in the next years. However, don’t expect them to disappear any time soon!
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