The largest passenger aircraft with new wings

Airbus formalized plans to upgrade its A380 superjumbo with fuel-saving winglets as the European planemaker seeks to revive sales of the flagship model.

However, a new clash is looming with rival Boeing over the future for such four-engined passenger aircraft, which have seen production fall and which also include the Boeing 747-8. It is created to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.

Airbus PRESS‏ also said: "Introducing #A380plus, further increasing A380's efficiency w/ winglets to provide up to 4 % fuel burn savings", to confirm the BBC's report.

"The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time", chief operating officer John Leahy said.

By making the aircraft more cost-efficient, Airbus is making the A380 a more attractive prospect to airlines.

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Furthermore Airbus said that beside other improvements, the plane would slash costs for airlines by 13% per seat.

Airlines have been leery about committing to the A380, concerned about making money on the massive plane that seats more than 500 passengers and has a price tag of $436.9 million.

The optimised cabin layout based on the "cabin enablers" presented at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), allows up to 80 additional seats to 575 seats with no compromise on comfort: redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a new 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy.

A Reuters photographer got up close to the roughly three-meter-high split wingtip which has been installed on an A380 belonging to the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget airport, where the Paris Airshow opens on Monday. Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Bregier said earlier this month that there was clearly "no business case" for the more extensive changes that would have involved.

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