Asiana Airlines Takes Delivery Of First A380

South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has become the 11th operator of the Airbus A380. The airline took delivery of its first superjumbo, featuring a 3-class configuration that offers 12 suites in First, 66 seats in Business and 417 seats in Economy Class. 5 more jets are on-order, part of an ambitious fleet modernization programme that also includes 30 A350XWB aircraft.

 

First Class Suites, Business Smartium and Slimline Economy Class

Occupying the forward section of the main deck, First Class on the Asiana A380 comprises 3 rows of private suites finished in a mix of steel and neutral colour tones. Sliding doors provide privacy for passengers to work, dine or rest, with the seat turning into a 80-inch flatbed accompanied by a thick duck-down duvet. At 32-inches, the personal screen is the largest in the sky and the suite offers all the essentials including storage spaces, power and USB connectivity, privacy lighting and on-demand inflight entertainment.

 

Upstairs, the airline’s Smartium Business Class product has been fitted in a 1-2-1 layout. Each seat is slightly angled for a little more privacy, with those by the window the best of the crop. The proven product converts to a 74.5-inch flatbed and benefits from the side console for additional storage and workspace, while content from the inflight entertainment system is delivered via the 15.6-inch high-definition screen and touchscreen controller.

 

Asiana’s new-generation Economy Class seats are 1-inch slimmer in design, with the additional space given to improved legroom. Other space-saving features include the footrest and folding table, while a 11.1-inch high-definition widecreen is built into the seatback. The majority of Economy Class will be found on the main deck, but the airline has included a small cabin on the rear upper deck.

 

Premium Lounge Area and Onboard Showmanship

Like some operators of the A380, Asiana has opted to offer a lounge area for its First and Business Class passengers at the front of the upper deck. Intended as a social space, the lounge is set up with chaise seating and reading materials inflight.

 

Complementing the hardware, the airline’s unique proposition for the aircraft is a series of onboard activities including magic, tarot reading, fashion shows of Korean traditional dresses and wedding ceremony showcases. Asiana also promises barista and cocktail service, which will vary with the route flown.

 

Initial Deployment

The aircraft will initially be rostered on regional services in Asia including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok for crew familiarisation and training. The jets will be eventually placed on long-haul operations to destinations such as Los Angeles from Seoul (Incheon).

 

For more information, visit www.flyasiana.com.

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