Asiana Airlines to Start Superjumbo Flights to Narita

Asiana Airlines will acquire its first A380 passenger jet in late May and start flights to Japan's Narita Airport in mid-June.

Korea's No. 2 carrier plans to buy a total of six A380s by 2017 and will soon become the 11th airline in the world to operate the massive jets.

Asianas first A380 leaves a hangar at the Finkenwerder plant in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday. /News1 Asiana's first A380 leaves a hangar at the Finkenwerder plant in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday. /News1

Asiana's first A380 was manufactured in December last year at Airbus' plant in Toulouse, France and underwent a paint job at the Finkenwerder plant in Hamburg, Germany. Twenty-four painters worked for 12 days on four daily shifts to paint Asiana's seven-colored stripe design on the tail of the plane.

Asiana spokesman Cho Young-seok said the carrier hopes to offer passengers more space and comfort on the A380.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 28, 2014 10:17 KST

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