Korean Air's first superjumbo arrives in S. Korea
Friday 03 June 2011
South Korea's main flag carrier Korean Air welcomed the arrival of its first Airbus A380 on Thursday and said it plans to begin flights later this month.
The plane landed at Incheon International Airport after successful final flight and ground tests in the French city of Toulouse.
The airline said an A380 service between Incheon and Tokyo's Narita would start on June 17, with the plane departing for Hong Kong once it returns from Narita.
The service will be expanded to Bangkok in July once a second aircraft arrives. A third A380 will launch a service to New York from August, and the fourth will fly to Los Angeles in October.
Korean Air has ordered a total of ten A380s, with the first five to be delivered by the end of 2011 and the remainder by 2014.
The A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft, made its debut with Singapore Airlines in 2007 and there are so far 48 are in service with six airlines.
Korean Air said its A380 features 12 luxurious first-class seats and 301 economy-class seats on the main lower deck, plus 94 business-class lie-flat seats on the upper deck.
It has a duty-free area offering in-flight shopping and a bar and lounge.
Korean Air, with a fleet of 135 aircraft, operates almost 400 flights per day to 112 cities in 39 countries.
South Korea's second biggest carrier Asiana Airlines announced in January that it would buy six A380s for routes to Europe and the United States.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
Dramatic GoPro video shows backpacker Alexander Hennessy warding off armed robber in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Best Place To Be Today shows 365 of the world's most amazing places - and the perfect time to visit them
The 50 Best Winter Breaks
Watch a man race the Circle line - and win
Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
£18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...
Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...
£20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...
£15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...