The first Korean Air A380 took to the skies today for the start of a final phase of flight and ground tests at Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany, where the aircraft has undergone painting and full cabin furnishing. Plans call for Airbus personnel to test all cabin systems, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment, during the upcoming program of flights. Airbus also plans to undertake advanced general performance tests with the aircraft before it flies to Toulouse for preparation for delivery to the airline.
Korean Air expects to become the sixth operator of the A380 when it begins flying the aircraft in June. The carrier plans to initially operate the A380 from Seoul to destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop long-haul services to North America and Europe. Korean Air has placed firm orders for 10 A380s.