Korean Air is once again deploying one of its ten Airbus A380, on one flight per week between Seoul and Guangzhou.
Since September 30, 2020, the superjumbo registered HL7614 of the national carrier of South Korea operates a weekly rotation between its base in Seoul-Incheon and the airport of Guangzhou-Baiyun. Configured to accommodate 12 passengers in First, 94 in Business class, and 301 in Economy (407 seats), the Korean Air A380 takes off on Wednesday at 8:50 a.m. to arrive at 11:30 a.m. and leaves China at 1:20 p.m. to land at 5:55 p.m. with an average flight time of 3h35.
Korean Air is not the only one to deploy a superjumbo on this route: China Southern Airlines also does it once a week but on Thursdays. The Chinese airport could soon welcome a third, that of Emirates Airlines – the only other operator using superjumbos despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The SkyTeam alliance company last used the A380 HL7614 on a commercial flight on March 5, on a return trip from Paris-CDG. Its ten A380s were grounded, except for a few exits to limit maintenance needs; the HL7614 took off on September 28 for a 115-minute test flight.
Korean Air had last April grounded 90% of its fleet of 144 aircraft and reduced its international and domestic capacities by 90% and 60% respectively