9 JUNE 2014
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Korean airline Asiana, which serves Heathrow direct from Seoul in competition with BA and Korean Airlines, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, the 11th operator of world’s largest passenger aircraft. To date Airbus has delivered 128 out of an order book of 324. Rolls-Royce has won orders from 11 airlines and Engine Alliance 7. The largest A380 operator, Emirates, has a total firm commitment for 140 aircraft, all powered by the Franco-American engine.
Asiana Airlines has ordered six A380s. The airline has specified a premium three-class layout for its fleet, seating a total of 495 passengers, with 12 private suites in First Suite, 66 fully flat seats in Business Smartium and 417 seats in Travel Class. All seats are equipped with the latest on-demand in-flight entertainment systems.
Asiana Airlines will initially deploy its new flagship aircraft from Seoul on regional services in Asia to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, followed by long haul routes to Los Angeles.
As part of its widebody fleet modernisation strategy, Asiana also has 30 A350 XWBs on order and is waiting on three Boeing 777-200ERs bringing its fleet up to 15. www.flyasiana.com
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