Korean Air Lines became the sixth carrier this week to operate the Airbus A380-800 aircraft after Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Lufthansa and Air France. The hand-over ceremony took place May 24th 2011 at Airbus Toulouse facility in France with Korean Air Chairman Yang Ho Cho, Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders and EADS CEO Louis Gallois in attendance. Korean Air Lines new double decker cabin interior arrangement will see an-all Business class upper deck providing 94 Prestige Sleeper Seats. The main deck will combine both the ultra luxurious First Class Kosmo Suites for 12 passengers as well as 301 New Economy Class seats. The airline has favored a highly spacious, low passenger density configuration of 407 seats for the 10 aircraft that will be operated by 2014. Airbus is due to deliver another 4 planes by the end of this year alone. According to the carrier, these aircraft will all showcase their own on-board duty free shopping displays of cosmetics, perfumes, liquors and other products along with a bar-lounge area. This particular aircraft will however not be ferried to Korea until June 2nd as it is undergoing final acceptance testing in Toulouse. Korean Air Lines plans to conduct the inaugural Seoul-Tokyo flight around mid-June. The aircraft is also set to operate the Seoul-Hong Kong route soon after. The airline does not plan to begin operating the type on North American routes until after receiving additional aircraft. Then the A380 will see the 3 times weekly services to and from New York beginning August 2nd as well as the daily Los Angeles flight beginning October 1st 2011.

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