New Korean Air Airbus A380 Makes First Flight to America
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With only 407 seats — 121 fewer than the current most densely configured A380 — Korean Air hopes to attract business class flyers on their 12-14 hour trips between Seoul and New York, as well as other long-haul destinations in Europe and Asia.
Korean’s business class cabin, dubbed Prestige Class, consists of 94 lie-flat seats, filling the entire upper deck of the aircraft. The main level is made up of 12 Kosmo Suites for first class passengers and 301 economy class seats with a very respectable 34-in. of seat pitch.
Flights 81 and 82 to and from JFK will be operated with A380 equipment three days a week until September 1st, after which it will go daily thanks to a third A380 joining the fleet. (The airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft will the other flights).
It is also the first A380 livery so far to feature a dominant color other than white. Gawkers at the three-week-old jet were overheard comparing it to a “big, shiny Tiffany box.”
The tight turn of the day’s schedule prevented us from getting a tour of the new plane, but we hope to get a peek onboard soon.