by Phil Bolton | February 29, 2012
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials announced that Korean Air has scheduled the Airbus A380 for its daily service between Seoul, South Korea, and Atlanta starting perhaps as early as January 2013.
“A380 service will enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a world-class city and gateway to the United States,” Louis Miller, aviation general manager at the airport, said in a news release.
The flights to Korea will land at Incheon International Airport, the primary airport serving the Seoul national capital area. The airport serves as a hub for international civilian air transport and cargo traffic in East Asia.
According to the release, each of Korean Air’s A380-800s can serve 407 passengers with 12 first class seats, 94 prestige class seats and 301 seats in economy class.
To accommodate the A380s, sections of Hartsfield’s taxiways and runway are being widened. Two adjacent gates on Concourse E are being modified to simultaneously serve the double-decker aircraft, which are not going to use the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal due to open this spring.
Korean Air is one of 15 members of the SkyTeam Alliance including Delta Air Lines, which is based in Atlanta.