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Despite having ordered 20 of the iconic Airbus A380-800 superjumbo aircraft, Amedeo, a leasing company based in Dublin, Ireland, has not found a customer willing to lease these aircraft so far. As such, Amedeo has come up with its own creative idea about what to do with these unbuilt aircraft. Using a business concept similar to that of ride-share service Uber, Amedeo has decided to launch its own airline, which exclusively uses the 20 A380 aircraft Amedeo already owns. Mark Lapidus, Amedeo's Chief Executive Officer, described the concept as somewhere where passengers could buy their own air tickets with the airline, or purchase them through a cooperating entity, such as Airbnb. Like a traditional airline, Amedeo will operate the flight using its own aircraft and crew, but the experience would be tailored toward the preferences of its customers.
Based on Lapidus' reports, it is highly likely that these A380s will feature an ultra-high density configuration, with somewhere around "600-700 seats." This means that a large majority of the seats onboard the aircraft would be economy seats, and it is possible that there would be a small percentage of premium seats up front as well. Furthermore, it is likely that these aircraft will feature Airbus' cabin enhancements (revealed along with the Airbus A380Plus concept in June), with the addition of one seat per row in economy (but still offering a 18-inch width), the removal of the grand staircase at the front, and the removal of storage bins by the window on the upper deck in order to allow for extra seats to crammed in.
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