Korean Air Airbus A380 Goes Into Operation Today From Incheon International Airport – First Revenue Flight To Narita In Japan

by Aviation News Reporter on June 16, 2011

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Korean Air Airbus A380 Operational June 16, 2011

Korean Air Airbus A380 Operational June 16, 2011

Korean Air’s A380 begins international service Friday with roundtrip flights from Incheon to Japan’s Narita airport, near Tokyo, and then from Incheon to Hong Kong later the same day.

Korean Air’s SuperJumbo will take a different approach in utilizing the A380’s space compared to the five other airlines that fly them. Korean Air will have only 407 seats, which is far fewer than Singapore Airlines 471 seats, Emirates Airlines 489 and 517 seat versions, Lufthansa Airlines 485 seats, Qantas Airlines 450 seats and Air France Airlines 538 seats. The first floor of the aircraft is equipped with 12 first-class and 301 economy class seats and a duty free shop where passengers can buy and test make-up or spray on their favorite perfumes before purchasing them. According to the carrier, it spent $229,500 on each first class seat which it compares to “a personal suite-room on air.”

Korean Air Airbus A380 Premium Seating Chart Layout

Korean Air Airbus A380 Premium Seating Chart Layout

The second level has a bar lounge with couches for its 94 prestige class passengers. Their seats can incline 180 degrees. There are nine bathrooms on the first level and five on the second.

Korean Air is the first country in Northeast Asia to operate an A380. China Southern will be receiving an A380 in the latter half of this year making it the second Northeast Asian airline to operate the plane.

Following the inaugural flight of the A380 to Tokyo today, Korean Air will take the plane on a world tour by going to Bangkok next month, New York in August and Paris and Los Angeles in October. The airline will receive four more A380s from Airbus and by 2014 it will be operating 10 of the Superjumbos.

The A380 that awaited reporters at an Incheon boarding gate was so immense that it made the neighboring Boeing 747 (previously the largest passenger aircraft in the world) look like its little brother.

Korean Air made the call to purchase the massive planes manufactured by France-based Airbus back in 2003. Korean Air is now only the sixth global carrier to operate an A380.

Korean Air A380 Interior - The Onboard Cosmetics Duty Free Shop

Korean Air A380 Interior - The Onboard Cosmetics Duty Free Shop

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