Korean Air has today signed a firm contract for the purchase of five Airbus A380 aircraft, plus three options.
Korean Air will initially introduce the A380 on high-density traffic routes from Seoul to the US west coast, with subsequent destinations likely to include cities on the US east coast and Europe. Deliveries to Korean Air are scheduled to take place between late 2007 and 2009.
The contract was signed at a ceremony immediately prior to the opening of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines annual Assembly of Presidents’ meeting on Jeju Island, South Korea today.
‘Our decision to purchase the A380 aircraft meets our strategy to reinforce Incheon Intl Airport as the strongest hub in Northeast Asia,’ said Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air.
‘As one of the leading airlines in Asia, our long-term fleet plan plays a significant role in this strategy. The A380 will clearly be the flagship of the 21st century and Korean Air is proud to be one of the first airlines to operate the aircraft in Asia,’ added Yang Ho Cho.