First A380 for Korean Air Takes Off for Final Round of Tests

The first A380 for Korean Air took to the skies today for the start of a final phase of flight and ground tests. The tests are being carried out from Airbus’ facilities in Hamburg, where the aircraft has undergone painting and full cabin furnishing.

During the upcoming programme of flights, all cabin systems will be thoroughly tested, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment. In parallel, Airbus will also undertake advanced general performance tests with the aircraft before it flies to Toulouse for preparation for delivery to the airline.

Korean Air will become the sixth operator of the A380 when it begins flying the aircraft in June. The carrier will initially operate the A380 from Seoul to destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop long-haul services to North America and Europe.

Altogether, Korean Air has placed firm orders for 10 A380s.

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