Only 407 Seats for Korean Air A380s

In May, Korean Air (KAL) will be taking delivery of its Airbus A380 and the aircraft will have 407 seats, the lowest seating density of any A380.

The 407 seats will include 12 first class and 94 business class seats, says the SkyTeam Alliance carrier, adding that the upper-deck will be all business class. This upper deck will have 94 lie-flat sleeper seats with 74 inch pitch, it says.

Next year, it will receive five A380s with the first coming in May and then in 2012-2014, it will receive five more. The airline plans to operate A380s to Japan, Europe and the U.S.

KAL’s move to have a lower seating density signals its intention to compete more aggressively against Singapore Airlines and other premium carriers for business travelers.

Korean Air Lines is both the flag carrier and the largest airline of South Korea. Its international passenger division and related subsidiary cargo division together serve 130 cities in 45 countries, while its domestic division serves 20 destinations. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried and is also the top-ranked international cargo airline.

Manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, the Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner. The largest passenger airliner in the world, the A380 was known as the ‘Airbus A3XX’ during much of its development phase, but the nickname ‘Superjumbo’ has since become associated with it.

 

-aviationweek.com

-wikipedia.org

 

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