Korean Air’s second Airbus A380 has taken to the skies at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft performed the demonstration flight at Le Bourget on 20 June, following the launch of the airline’s first-ever A380 commercial flights last week, with inaugural services between Seoul Incheon and both Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong commencing on 17 June.
Configured in a three class layout with just 407 seats – the lowest configuration of any A380 operator so far – Korean Air’s double-decker A380s feature 12 First Class Kosmo Suites and 301 Economy Class seats on the main deck and 94 fully lie-flat Prestige Sleeper seats in Prestige Class (business class) on the upper deck. The carrier is the first to devote an entire deck of the aircraft to one class.
Korean Air is the sixth operator of the A380. The airline has ordered 10 A380 aircraft with the first five to be delivered by the end of 2011 and an additional five by 2014. 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.