VIDEO: Airbus delivers the first Airbus A380 for Asiana Airlines

Aviation Updates Philippines - South Korea's Asiana Airlines accepts the delivery of the first Airbus A380 from Airbus. Asiana Airlines will be the 11th operator of the Airbus A380 following Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, China Southern Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, and British Airways.

The A380 was handed over to Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, by Fabrice BrĂ©gier, Airbus President and CEO, during a special ceremony today in Toulouse, France. Asiana Airlines currently ordered 6 Airbus A380s which is powered by Rolls Royce Engines. 

The A380 of Asiana Airlines can accommodate 495 passengers, 12 private suites in First Suite, 66 fully flat seats in Business Smartium and 417 seats in Travel Class which are all equipped with In-Flight Entertainment system.

Asiana Airlines' Airbus A380 (PHOTO) Airbus

Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group said, “We are delighted to receive our first A380 today, which is key to our future vision and fleet modernisation strategy.” South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines will deploy its A380 to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, followed by long-haul routes to Los Angeles.

“I am confident that Asiana can further enhance its level of customer service and that the A380 will play a significant role in helping us to remain at the forefront of the airline business.” he added.

“We are extremely proud to see the A380 flying in the colours of Asiana Airlines”, said Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice BrĂ©gier. “The A380 offers the most efficient solution to meet increasing demand on the world’s most heavily travelled routes and in the largest growth markets. With the aircraft in its fleet Asiana will be able to develop further its position as one of the world’s leading international carriers.”

Currently, Asiana Airlines ordered 30 Airbus A350-900. The efficiency of the A350 can lower operating costs by 25 percent. The A380 and A350 will complement an existing Airbus fleet at Asiana that currently includes the A330 and A320 Family.