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Emirates examining plans for extra seats on the A380.

Emirates president Tim Clark said the airline is staying informed on efforts by Airbus to add an extra seat to each row in economy class on its Airbus A380 aircraft.

At present the two-deck superjumbo seats passengers in the familiar 3-4-3 sequence, but Airbus engineers believe there is room for one more passenger in each row, meaning flyers would sit 11 abreast.

"We continue to look at 11 abreast," Clark said at the Dubai Airshow. "But the 11 abreast offering would have to match what we do today."

The airline boss said he would not accept a seat below the 18-inch width he said is becoming an industry "mantra". But even if 11 seats can be accommodated, he warned there were other potential obstacles to such a move. "You will then have 3-5-3 across - and the middle of the five seats in the middle has always been a difficult one for people to have.

We are trying to find out a way that if we did put 3-5-3 across how we would deal with that middle seat." Clark said.

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Date:Nov 19, 2013
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