The latest addition to the Korean Air fleet, the
A380, has taken to the skies for its final phase of flight
tests before going into service.
The flight and ground tests are being carried
out from the Airbus facility in Hamburg, where the aircraft has
undergone painting and full cabin furnishing before flying to
Toulouse for the delivery ceremony. Korean Air will become the
sixth operator of the A380 when it begins flying the aircraft in
June of this year.
During the tests all cabin systems will be
thoroughly tested, including air flow and air conditioning,
lighting, galleys, washrooms, seats and inflight entertainment.
Korean Airís A380 will have a total of only 407
seats: 12 First Class suites and 301 Economy Class seats on the
lower deck with the whole of the upper deck devoted to the
business traveller with 94 Prestige class seats.
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 carrier will initially operate the A380 from
Seoul to destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop long-haul
services to North America and Europe.
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