Korean Air is to launch scheduled Airbus A80
services between Seoul and Tokyo and Hong Kong from 1 June 2011.
Tickets are already open for sale. The airline will begin its A380
service between Tokyo/Narita and Seoul/Incheon on 1 June with the
flight leaving Incheon International Airport at 10:10 a.m.. Once
the plane returns to Seoul/Incheon the plane will then depart for
Hong Kong that afternoon.
Korean Air will gradually expand its A380
service to Bangkok in July, once its second A380 arrives. The
third A380 will launch service to New York from August, and fourth
A380 to LA in October.
Korean Airís A380 is one of
the most spacious in the industry. Korean Airís Business Class,
called Prestige Class, will have 94 full-flat sleepers with 188cm
(74 inches) between seats and extra large seat partitions offering
the comfort and privacy normally reserved for First Class
passengers on other airlines. The Economy Class seats are spaced
at 86cm (34 inches) apart and Korean Airís Prestige Class pitch is
188cm (74 inches).
The airlineís A380 will have a
total of only 407 seats: 12 First Class and 301 Economy Class
seats on the first level, and the 94 Prestige Class seats on the
upper deck. It is the first airline to devote the entire A380
second level to the business flyer.
Korean Air has
ordered ten A380 aircraft with the first five to be delivered by
the end of 2011 and an additional five by 2014.
The introduction of the super jumbo aircraft is expected to
increase passengers from China, Japan, and East Asia transferring
to the US and Europe, accelerating Incheon International Airport's
goal of becoming a global aviation hub.
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