16 MAY 2011
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Korean Air is the latest carrier to ready itself for the introduction of the Airbus A380 into its fleet. 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.
During the checks all cabin systems will be thoroughly tested, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, washrooms, seats and in-flight entertainment. Special on-board passenger amenities include the world's first onboard Duty Free Showcase. Korean Air’s A380s will have a total of only 407 seats: 12 ultra luxurious 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 spacious ‘Prestige’ class seats.
Korean Air has ordered 10 A380 aircraft with the first five due 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 transpacific services to New York and Los Angeles. www.koreanair.com
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