Korea's Asiana Airlines will launch its first Airbus A380 flights in June – and we've got the first detailed photos to take you inside Asiana's superjumbo, including its 'private room' first class suites and upper deck business class seats.
Asiana's A380 First Suites
A dozen First Suites are nestled in the nose of the main deck, arranged in a 1-2-1 layout with sliding doors to create a private room.
Each suite contains a 'buddy seat' to enjoy a meal, take a meeting or just shoot the breeze with a travelling companion.
The sleep service includes duck-down duvets...
... with a minibar and personal closet in each suite.
Each suite also gets a 32 inch HD video screen partnered with a touchscreen controller handset.
Asiana claims that its first class loos "offer multi-purpose spaces that efficiently combine a lavatory, powder and dressing room", while also being spacious enough to allow passengers to change clothes without adopting a yoga position.
Upstairs is a bar and lounge area available to both first and business class travellers.
(The lounge is in the same location as that of the Qantas Airbus A380s.)
Asiana's A380 business class
Back from the lounge there are 66 of Asiana's 'Business Smartium' seats on the upper deck, ranked in a staggered 1-2-1 layout so that every passenger has direct access to the aisle.
It's a familiar design which sees window seats alternating between being next to the window or adjacent to the aisle, while the centre pairs of seats are nestled together in the middle or separated at the aisles.
Naturally, each seat folds out to a fully lie-flat bed.
Passengers get a 15.6 inch HD video display and touchscreen controller.
Asiana says its A380 business class cabin gets extra-large lavs 'with separate dressing rooms' for business class.
Asiana's A380 economy class
Economy class is split over both decks, with a 106 seat cabin at the rear of the upper deck and 311 more seats on the main deck.
The upper deck is the best pick due to its 2-4-2 seating arrangement compared to the main deck's tighter 3-4-3 configuration.
Asiana's Airbus A380 economy seats are one inch slimmer than the airline's standard international economy design, with the airline promising this allows more legroom for passengers rather than cramming more passengers onto the plane.
These seatback screens are also HD, although at a smaller 11.1 inch size.
Asiana is also spruiking a range of 'special cabin services' including
- fashion shows of Korean traditional dresses and wedding ceremonies put on by flight attendants
- a children's service where 'children can enjoy a variety of fun programs, such as: cookie baking, balloon art, costume play, and photographs'
There are also cocktails (served by "cabin attendants certified in bartending craft") and a barista service, a 'charming service' for an inflight touch-up of your make-up, and – we kid you not – tarot card readings!
Asiana plans to begin A380 flights over relatively short-range regional routes from Seoul to Hong Kong and Tokyo from mid-June, followed by Bangkok and Osaka in late July, before rostering the superjumbo onto its daily Los Angeles flight from August 15.
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