Korean Air announces its Airbus A380 schedule

Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon) will launch Airbus A380 scheduled service between Seoul (Incheon) and Tokyo (Narita) and Hong Kong starting on June 1.

Korean Air will gradually expand its A380 service to Bangkok in July when the second A380 arrives. The third A380 will permit the flag carrier to launch A380 service to New York (JFK) in August and the fourth A380 will permit Korean to schedule A380 flights to Los Angeles starting in October.

The entire upper deck of the KAL A380s will be devoted to business class flyers.

Korean Air’s business seating, called Prestige Class, will have 94 lie-flat sleepers with 188cm (74 inches) between the seats and extra large seat partitions.

Economy class seats will be spaced at 86cm (34 inches) apart and Prestige Class pitch will be 188cm (74 inches).

KAL’s A380s will have a total of only 407 seats: 12 first class and 301 economy class seats on the first level and the 94 Prestige Class seats on the upper deck. It is the first airline to devote the entire A380 second level to the business flyer.

Korean Air has ordered ten A380 aircraft with the first five to be delivered by the end of 2011 and an additional five by 2014.

Image: Korean Air.