Korean Air to fly low-density seating superjumbo jets next year

Korean Air to fly low-density seating superjumbo jets next year

Korean Air plans to entice more first- and business-class passengers with a line of Airbus A380 superjumbos featuring the lowest seating density of any carrier that operates the jets, reports Bloomberg.

Each Korean Air A380 is slated to seat 400 to 450 people. Currently, Australian carrier Qantas' A380s seat the fewest number of people, bottoming out at 450 passengers.

Airline spokesman James Sanderson told the source that the low-density seating would leave ample room for "plenty of snazzy features." Although he failed to specify just what those features might be, he did say that current plans include onboard lounges for premium passengers.

Sanderson added that Korean Air plans to bring five A380s into service next year, with most of those planes operating routes over the Pacific Ocean.

According to the source, the Korean carrier hopes to compete with other leading airlines in Asia like Singapore Airlines and the Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific in the high-end air travel market. Korean Air president Chi Chang-hoon reportedly said that the carrier hopes to earn 50 percent of its revenue from first and business class tickets by 2019, up from 20 percent last year.

By Mary D'Angelo

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