The most spacious version of Airbus’ A380 will be received by Korean Air on 24 May, when the carrier celebrates the delivery of its initial 21st century flagship jetliner in Toulouse, France.
Korean Air is configuring its fleet of 10 A380s with a unique all-premium upper deck that accommodates 94 180-deg. full-flat sleeper Prestige (Business) Class seats, while the lower deck is outfitted with 12 ultra-luxurious First Class suites and 301 Economy Class seats.
As the sixth A380 operator worldwide, Korean Air will begin A380 in June Korean Air will initially operate the A380 from Seoul to destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop long-haul services to North America and Europe.
Korean Air is acquiring a total of 10 A380s; the first five are to be delivered by the end of 2011, with the additional five received by 2014. The A380 will join the carrier’s existing Airbus fleet of A300s and A330s, extending a relationship that dates back to 1974 – when the airline became the first customer outside of Europe to order the original A300 jetliner.