Korean Air has announced from the start of the Summer 2017 season 2017 – March 26 – it will have a mixed fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-8i airliners operating between London Heathrow and Incheon, Seoul. The B747-8i will be the first commercial passenger aircraft of its kind to land at Heathrow.
Korean Air currently has seven of the 747-8i aircraft in fleet, with another three due to be delivered before the end of 2018 and ten double-decker A380 aircraft. Each aircraft possesses a three-class layout and a total of 407 seats, with the upper deck designed specifically for business class. Korean Air’s A380 also features a duty-free display and a choice of stylish bars on each floor.
Korean Air has a daily flight between London and Seoul. Flights will depart Heathrow Terminal 4 at 19:35 arriving at Incheon Airport at 14:35 the next day. The return journey will depart Incheon at 13:15, arriving in Heathrow at 17:25.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye commented: “We’re always delighted when the newest aircraft join the Heathrow fleet and the Korean Air 747-8i is no exception.
“As the first of its type at Heathrow and packed with innovative technology, the aircraft’s arrival will make a tangible difference in helping Heathrow to become a cleaner and quieter airport whilst giving our passengers a top-notch in-flight experience on their journeys to Korea.”
Korean Air’s sales manager UK & Ireland Peter Barron commented: “The B747-8i is a new addition to our fleet; this environmentally friendly, quiet aircraft has the very latest, superb interior and seats with a sophisticated inflight entertainment system. The B747-8i is a rare bird at Heathrow and hasn’t been seen there before in a commercial passenger capacity so I expect there will be some interest!”
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