Korean Air today opened the latest chapter in a long relationship with Airbus by celebrating the delivery of its initial A380, which comes 37 years after this carrier placed the first order for Airbus’ original A300B4 jetliner from an airline outside of Europe.
In the three-plus decades between these milestones, Korean Air has expanded the Airbus widebody fleet, with its pioneering A300s subsequently joined by the A330-200 and A330-300 versions.
“Today, Korean Air is one of the world's great airlines – with a network spanning the globe and a reputation for the highest levels of customer service. And with the arrival of the A380 it's about to get even greater!” said Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders at the delivery celebration event in Toulouse, France.
Korean Air has ordered 10 A380s. It initially will operate the double-deck jetliners from Seoul to destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop long-haul services to North America and Europe.
This fleet will be among the most spacious A380s in the airline industry, configured for only 407 seats. The entire upper deck is devoted to the business traveler, outfitted for 94 passengers in spacious "Prestige" Class seats that recline as 180-deg. full flat sleeper beds; while the lower deck has 12 ultra-luxurious First Class suites and 301 Economy Class seats.
“As we enter this new era of great service, we pledge to continue to set our standards high; to maintain our commitment to the environment; to complement great aircraft with great service; and to make our flights the kind that customers want to return to,” Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air.