JKJ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 397 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 13585 times:
I did a brief search and did not find any recent news regarding Korean and their small order of A380's. I recently read where they plan on using this aircraft type for flights to London for the 2012 Olympics. First of all, is there a firm delivery date for their first frame and what is the time line for the remaining deliveries? Next, besides Los Angeles and San Francisco, is there a chance they will fly the bird to New York and Washington (could each sustain the volume?)? Just seems like they have slipped under the radar compared to the likes of Air France and Lufthansa. Any insider info?
HeeseokKoo From South Korea, joined Jan 2005, 582 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 13456 times:
The delivery has been delayed further. This link http://plane.spottingworld.com/A380_production_list (which has been quite accurate for a very long time and still) says first delivery will be 2011-Q3, at least a year from now. With this delaying rate, it's hard to guess how many 380s KE will get in 2011. Once delivered, it will go slot-restricted (or bilateral-restricted) destinations (CDG, LHR, NRT, and in my guess HND) and/or on already high capacity routes that will easily absorb super jumbo (LAX and JFK). 380 will be useful on slot-restricted market where frequency cannot be increased easily. There has been several diversed KE's announcements so far about 380 destinations, without any consistency whatsoever. I'll just wait until it really comes.
I think it will be the best looking one so far. The horizontal split in the two colors streamlines it. The all white ones just look fat(IMHO). The wait is killing me, but i can't really complain... here at LAX we get to see the QF A380s all the time...
AirKorea From South Korea, joined Dec 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9569 times:
10 A380s is not small number for KE.
It will use the plane to fly to LAX and JFK in the U.S. definitely and London and FRA(?) in Europe.
And it sometimes goes to Bejing and H.K. and Narita.
As there is no routes between ICN and HND, A380 will go to NRT.