POSTED: August 28th 2013

Sports Travel: Korean Air to offer A380 flights from Atlanta to Asia starting in September

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The first commercial A380 flight out of Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport will take off Sunday, 1 September, at 1:10 P.M.

Until late October, Korean Air’s 407-seat A380 will operate three times weekly to Atlanta on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. This flight schedule combined with the seven other flights to Atlanta will total 10 trips each week to the Delta hub.

“Our A380 flight is a game-changer for the region,” Korean Air Americas Marketing Vice President John Jackson said. “We now offer service to Asia from Atlanta that no one else can meet. Our aircraft is roomier, quieter and more comfortable than any other serving the Southeast. Our traffic between Atlanta and Seoul has been growing at 10 percent per year and it makes good sense to invest in markets that are showing long-term growth.

“Our A380 is configured with fewer seats than any other airline to date and has passenger amenities not offered by any other carrier. Our exclusive upstairs Prestige class, duty-free showcase, Celestial Bar and other lounges, combined with the inherent roominess of the A380 aircraft, provide our passenger with an unparalleled traveling experience.”

The A380 has 12 Kosmo first class suites and 301 Economy Class seats on the first level and 94 lie-flat sleepers six feet apart in the upstairs cabin.

At the base of the spiral staircase leading to the Prestige Class is Korean Air’s Duty Free Showcase, featuring cosmetics, perfumes, liquor, and other accessories, manned by a crew member. Passengers can view and handle the goods before returning to their seats to privately make a purchase.

“Our Celestial Bar offers our premium flyers the ultimate in in-flight style and relaxation,” Jackson said. “The new lounge, at the rear of the upstairs, is a unique mix of Asian aesthetics and functionality and is equipped with a hosted bar serving a range of signature cocktails exclusively created for Korean Air.”

The hosted Celestial Bar is one of three bars total on the A380, with the self-serve bars in First Class and at the front of Prestige Class.

“We’ve established some valuable strategic partnerships with our new A380 service,” Jackson said. “The Celestial Bar is in partnership with Absolut, and our new First and Business Class amenity kits feature DAVI products, the skincare branch of the world renowned Mondavi wine family. The upscale cosmetics are made of grape and wine extracts from California’s Napa Valley, plus a variety of natural extracts.”

Korean Air continues its excellence in dining options by following up its offering of organic salads and breads with low calorie and healthier eating options. The wine list also features wines from California, French and Australian vintages.

Korean Air’s A380 flight from Atlanta joins the airline’s services from Los Angeles and New York to Hong Kong, China, and Frankfurt, Germany.

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