Star Alliance member Asiana Airlines will bring its Airbus A380 aircraft to Sydney in November.
But its visit will be short-lived, with the superjumbo appearing on only six flights between Seoul and Sydney – that’s November 13, 17, 18, 21, 22 and 26 from Korea on flight OZ601, and November 14, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 27 from Australia as OZ602.
Asked about the reason for those sporadic flights, a spokesman for Asiana Airlines would say only that these were for "special groups."
And while the A380 boasts 12 private first class suites nestled into the very front of the lower deck, those posh berths will be empty on each of the Seoul-Sydney flights.
The airline's spokesman says that Asiana will not be selling first class on those flights, nor upgrading any business class passengers into the suites.
But perhaps travellers will be able to duck into the first class lavs, which more closely resemble a spacious dressing room than a cramped aircraft bathroom.
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Business class flyers will find their pods on the A380’s upper deck, with 66 fully-flat beds configured in a 1-2-1 layout to provide direct aisle access to every traveller…
… not to mention also-roomy bathrooms with space to change…
… and a lounge area at the front-right corner of that upper deck, shared by business and first class flyers:
These flights can now be booked via the Asiana Airlines website – just keep your eyes peeled for “A388” in the aircraft column when making your reservation:
All other Asiana Airlines flights to Sydney run on the much smaller Airbus A330s, and occasionally on Boeing 777s, neither of which offer first class.
More photos: Inside Asiana Airlines' Airbus A380
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