May 26, 2011 08:56
Korean Air took delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo from Airbus' factory in Toulouse, France on Tuesday (local time).
The double-decker jet is the largest passenger airplane ever built by the French aircraft manufacturer with a capacity of up to 853 seats. Currently only 48 of the aircraft are in service among six airlines, with the others being Lufthansa, Air France, Emirates Airline, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines.
The jet, one of 10 ordered by Korean Air, will arrive from France on June 2 and begin flights to Tokyo starting in the middle of the month.
It has been upgraded for passenger convenience and comfort, with the number of seats reduced to 407, including 12 in first class and 94 in business class, to make it more spacious.
The space between economy seats has been enlarged to 86.3 cm, which is 7 cm wider than that of A380s of other airlines. The upper deck is entirely devoted to business class, while the rear of the lower deck features the world's first onboard duty-free shop.
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