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Korean Air’s A380 scheduled for London

Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, has confirmed that after almost five years since it introduced the A380 aircraft with the most spacious configuration of any airline to its fleet, the double-decker will come into service on the Seoul Incheon / London Heathrow route. The A380 daily flight will commence with the start of the Summer service on 27th March, with the flight leaving Seoul at 13h25 arriving at Heathrow’s terminal four at 17h25 (local time).The return journey will depart Heathrow at 19h35, arriving Seoul the next day at 14h25.

Korean Air now has ten of the environmentally friendly A380 aircraft, all configured in a three-class layout with just 407 seats in total. The airline took the bold step of being the first global carrier to devote an entire deck to business class; 94 fully flat ‘Prestige Sleeper’ seats are located on the upper deck of the A380 providing an experience that can be likened to a business class only aircraft. Twelve ultra-luxurious First Class Kosmo Suites are located at the front of the lower deck and provide passengers with independent space, whilst also ensuring total privacy.  

Korean Air’s A380 has just 301 seats in economy class, the lowest configuration of any A380 operator so far. The ergonomically designed ‘New Economy’ seats provide the utmost comfort to passengers on long haul flights.  

Korean Air was also the first airline to feature an onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’. The Duty Free Showcase is located at the back of the lower deck and features a variety of duty-free products with a dedicated cabin crew member on hand to assist and advise passengers with all their shopping needs.  

The very relaxing and stylish ‘Celestial Bar’ is a dedicated area of the A380 aircraft where First and Prestige (Business) class passengers can sample their choice of Korean Air’s six exclusive cocktails during the flight.  Other bars are located on each floor at the front of the aircraft - by the Prestige and First Class cabins - passengers can help themselves to a range of beverages and enjoy some time away from their seat.  

Korean Air’s Sales Manager for UK & Ireland, Peter Barron, said: “The UK market has been keenly awaiting the opportunity to experience Korean Air’s A380 aircraft with its innovative layout and unique features. Our passengers will not be disappointed. The A380 really does deserve its nickname ‘Hotel in the Sky’, and regardless of class of travel all passengers will experience a comfortable and restful journey with excellent inflight services, including Korean and Western award-winning cuisine and wines.”  

Korean Air was the first A380 operator in Northeast Asia and the sixth operator worldwide.  Korean Air is the current holder of the Airbus award for best A380 operator, an accolade it has held since the 2012 ‘Top Operational Excellence’ awards, which take place at the prestigious bi-annual Airbus Technical Symposium.

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