Korean Air Places A380 In Revenue Service

Korean Air has placed the highly-anticipated Airbus A380 into revenue service, becoming the sixth airline and the first from Northeast Asia to operate the double-deck jet. The new flagship of the Korean Air fleet embarked on her inaugural flight to Tokyo (specially designated with flight number KE 380) at 0910 hrs, returning in the afternoon to debut on the Seoul (Incheon) – Hong Kong route.

 

As part of the inaugural festivities, invited guests, media and passengers onboard were treated to special souvenirs, including A380 model aircraft, USB flash drives, routemap memo pads and hidden gifts in selected seat pockets. They also had the opportunity to experience some the aircraft’s unique features, including 3 onboard lounges and the world’s first flying “Duty Free Showcase”, displaying nearly 60 items.

 

Configured in a low-density, 3-class layout, Korean Air’s A380s accommodate 407 passengers, including 12 First Class Kosmo Suites and 301 Economy Class seats on the main deck. The airline is also the first operator to devote the entire upper deck to Business Class passengers with 94 lie-flat Prestige Sleeper seats.

 

Korean Air will initially operate the A380 between Seoul and selected Asian destinations, including Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The airline has also unveiled plans to systematically deploy its jets on long-haul flights to European and North American destinations, including Los Angeles, New York and Paris.

 

For more information, visit www.koreanair.com.

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