Asiana Gets Its First A380 Superjumbo

Asiana Airlines took possession of its first A380 superjumbo at the Airbus plant in Toulouse, France on Monday and will deploy the jet on flights to Narita and Hong Kong from June 13.

The second one is to be handed over in late July.

Airbus staff form the Asiana Airlines logo to celebrate the handover of the carriers first A380 on Monday. /Courtesy of Asiana Airlines Airbus staff form the Asiana Airlines logo to celebrate the handover of the carrier's first A380 on Monday. /Courtesy of Asiana Airlines

Altogether Asiana is buying six of the giant planes by 2017.

The Asiana A380 is fitted with 12 first-class, 66 business-class and 417 economy-class seats plus facilities for long-haul flights. Each first-class seat has a sliding-screen door, while business-class seats have been placed in a zig-zag formation to give passengers more privacy, the airline said.

Company spokesman Cho Young-seok said Asiana has also ordered 30 of Airbus' next-generation A350 XWB passenger jets, which are more fuel-efficient.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 28, 2014 11:41 KST