The current Airbus A380-800 could carry over 800 people. Has Airbus planned to build a new, larger version that could carry 1000 or more passengers?
Has Airbus planned to build a larger version of the A380?
In 2012 they planned to build a larger version of the A380.
However, manufacturers do change plans from time to time, sometimes in response to market conditions. "Has planned" is not necessarily the same as "is planning". Those plans are not currently (8 Jan 2015) being pursued and consequently, as time goes by without a resumption of those plans, it is increasingly likely that any target dates in those plans may no longer be attained.
If you want to know do Airbus in January 2015 have active plans to build a larger version of the A380 - that would be a new question.
The answer is clearly yes: The ratio of wingspan to fuselage length is unusually large for modern transport aircraft. The A380 has a wingspan of almost 80m and a fuselage length of less than 73m, whereas in other modern transport aircraft the fuselage is longer than the wingspan is wide.
Airbus designed the A380 with lots of stretch potential. With the cooperation of engine manufacturers, the A380 may one day have a fuselage length of around 100m. This is greater than the maximum length of 80m used in current airport layouts, but Airbus is betting on operators to urge airports to accomodate a stretched A380, just like they did for the current model's wingspan, weight and height.
The A380 will be the biggest Airbus for the next 30 or maybe even 50 years, so it better offers some growth potential.
Airbus has certainly made preliminary plans for a stretched version of the A380 (the A380-900,) but no plans currently exist for that model to go into production. Demand for the A380 has been soft, leading Airbus' own CFO to suggest to investors last month that the A380 might be discontinued entirely unless they can find enough customers willing to buy a re-engined version of it soon.
Orders for large, quad-engine airliners, including the A380, have been light lately. Since taking the first order 14 years ago and over 7 years since the first delivery, only 318 A380s have been ordered, nearly half of which were from Emirates, and many of the A380's orders will likely be cancelled. While the Boeing 747 has had over 1,500 deliveries over its long lifespan, it, too, currently has a small order book with only 16 net new orders since 2008. In contrast, twin-engine wide-bodies have been selling very well lately. The A350 just delivered its first aircraft and already has 778 orders. Similarly, the first 787 was delivered a little over 3 years ago and it has 1,055 total orders, so far. The 777X, currently scheduled for production in 2020, was first offered for order a little over a year ago and already has 286 orders. Total 777 orders so far number a whooping 1,807. The long-haul wide-body market has been trending very strongly towards twin-engine aircraft like the 777, A330, 787, and A350 lately rather than mammoth quad-engine aircraft like the 747 and A380. As such, it seems unlikely that Airbus is going to be sinking billions of dollars into a stretched A380 any time soon.
Actually I think they don´t have any plans for a stretched version of A380.
Tim Clark, CEO of Emirates, wants a larger A380 but Airbus said (last time when this topic came up) that they would rather improve the current A380 and increase the performance.
They are making a change by increase the lower floor height to add extra seat in each row on economy but thats it.
Now Tim Clark is pressuring to make a neo-version af A380 and and Airbus is considering that option. Emirates say that they would order up to 70 A380neo if that plane will be launched but Airbus has to calculate the cost and if it´s will be profitable for them.
Yes, and in the short-term they're also talking about re-engining the existing A380 with engines based on those on the A320neo as outlined here.