Korean Air to fly A380 between Seoul and Atlanta

Korean Air A380-800

Korean Air Airbus A380-800 | Photo: Korean Air

Korean Air to launch A380 Jumbo between Seoul-Incheon and Atlanta

February 15, 2013 – (Louisville, KY): Korean Air will soon become the first airline to fly the mammoth Airbus A380 aircraft into the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. On August 2, 2013, the carrier will launch the A380-800 on the route between Atlanta and Seoul’s Incheon Airport.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is home to Delta Air Lines, a member of the Skyteam alliance with Korean Air. Over 2,500 daily flights operate out of Atlanta and Skyteam partner Delta Air Lines provides connecting flights to most small and large markets across the United States. Across the Pacific at Seoul’s Incheon Airport, Korean Air offers connecting flights across Asia.

At the moment, Korean Air is using Boeing 777 aircraft on their 10 weekly flights between the busy Skyteam hubs. The aircraft change will begin with three A380 flights per week in August. In November, the daily afternoon departures will be upgauged to the A380, seating 407 passengers in three classes of service.

Atlanta's Terminal F

Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson International Terminal | Concourse F

The move comes nearly a year and a half after Atlanta opened their new Jackson International Terminal on the east side of the airport. The new Jackson Terminal added 12 gates to the international complex at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport which now sports 40 international arrival gates between the E and F concourse.

To support the A380 operations, a series of taxiways were widened along with a portion of runway 27R. Additionally, two gates in the E concourse have been modified to allow dual-level boarding of the A380.

Seating Layout of Korean Air A380-800

Korean Air’s A380 is a monster with 407 seats split between two decks.

The aircraft features an all Business Class upper deck with 94 sleeper seats. Business passengers can mingle at one of two bars on the upper deck. Downstairs on the main deck is Korean’s First Class product, featuring 12 exclusive Kosmo Suites. The bulk of the seats, 301 to be precise, are in Economy Class on the lower deck.

Korean Air A380 Seating plan - Upper Deck

Korean Air A380 seating map – Upper Deck

Korean Air A380 seating map - Lower Deck

Korean Air A380 seating map – Lower Deck

Korean’s Airbus A380-800 is outfit with Audio/Video on-demand through-out the entire aircraft. All First and Business Class seats are outfit with power outlets while each seating group in Economy Class features one electric outlet, enabling passengers to keep their personal electronic devices charged.

Traffic between the two Skyteam hubs continues to increase each year according to officials at Korean Air. With respect to the increased demand, Korean Air’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Americas, John Jackson said, “it makes sense to invest in markets showing long-term growth potential.”

Jackson added, “Our A380 is a game changer in every market it serves. The spaciousness. The quiet. It all means a unique and comfortable flying experience. We’re excited to be able to offer Atlanta’s first A380 flights.”

While Korean Air will be the first carrier to operate the A380 into Atlanta, it’s likely other carriers will follow. Aside from being the busiest Skyteam hub, Atlanta, Georgia, is a significant business center in the southeast United States and home to many name-brands from CNN to Coca-Cola.

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