Friday, 27 May 2011

Korean takes delivery of first A380

 

Korean Air has celebrated the delivery of its first Airbus A380 at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, becoming the sixth operator of the aircraft since it was introduced in 2007.

 

The ceremony was attended by Korean Air chairman and CEO Yang Ho Cho, Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders and EADS CEO Louis Gallois. “The A380 has proven to be a game changer, setting new standards for comfort, economic efficiency and respect for the environment,” Enders said. “We are confident that the A380 will play a key role in enabling Korean Air to further strengthen its position as one of the world’s great airlines,”

Korean has ordered a total of 10 A380s, with the airline initially planning to operate the aircraft from its Seoul base to a variety of Asian destinations and eventually, non-stop flights to North America and Europe. The airline has specified a 407 passenger layout for their A380s, separated into three classes equipped with a duty free showcase area, bar and lounge.

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