Korean Air’s second Airbus A380 commenced operations this week, flying between Seoul’s Incheon airport and New York. The first flight departed Seoul on 9 August for the outbound service to the Big Apple, returning to Korea the following day. The direct services have flight times of around 13.5 hours outbound from Seoul and 14.2 hours on the return sector.
New York is the first long-haul destination to be served by Korean Air with its new A380 and follows the carrier’s existing services to Tokyo and Hong Kong. The airline will be adding Los Angeles A380 services in October.
Like its first A380, Korean Air’s second double-decker jet seats just 407 passengers – the lowest capacity of any A380 operator. This compares to 450 seats with Qantas, 471 with Singapore Airlines, 489 with Emirates, 526 with Lufthansa and 538 with Air France. Korean’s A380 is also the only superjumbo to date to dedicate its entire upper deck to business class passengers, offering 94 fully-flat Prestige Sleeper seats.
Korean Air has placed orders for 10 A380s. In addition to New York and Los Angeles, the airline will also begin flying the A380 to Europe later this year, with the launch of services to Paris.