South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, becoming the eleventh operator of the type in the world. The A380 was handed over to Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, by Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, during a special ceremony today in Toulouse, France.
Asiana Airlines has ordered six A380s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. It will initially deploy the A380 from Seoul on regional services in Asia to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, followed by long-haul routes to Los Angeles. The A380 and recently ordered A350XWBs will complement an existing Airbus fleet at Asiana that currently includes the A330 and A320 family.