SkyTeam alliance member Korean Air will upgrade its daily Sydney-Seoul flights to its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft from October.
Replacing the current Airbus A330s plying the route, the A380 brings with it almost 50% more seats to offer 12 suites in first class, 94 fully-flat business class beds and 301 seats in economy, topping out at 407 passengers.
The superjumbo will appear on all KE121 flights (ex. Seoul) from October 30 and KE122 services (ex. Sydney) from October 31, returning to the current Airbus A330 from March 26 and 27 2017, respectively.
Up front in first class, you'll find the airline's 'Kosmo' suites...
... offering every passenger direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 layout (as you'd expect), in an open 'semi-cubicle' design:
They're wide, lie-flat sleepers surrounded by a hard plastic shell shaped somewhat like a bathtub – a comparison that's hard to resist when the reading lamp looks a bit like a designer tap.
The entire upper deck is given over to 94 'Prestige' business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout.
These extend into fully-flat beds, although passengers in the window seats must step over their seatmates in order to access the aisle.
There are also two on-board lounges: a smaller space at the front of the aircraft...
... and the more spacious Celestial Lounge at the rear of the upper deck.
This area includes a bar which serves, among other things, six Absolut-based cocktails.
Unique to Korean Air's A380 is the world's first flying duty-free store, found at the rear of the lower deck.
Korean Air's daily Sydney-Seoul flight, KE122, will leave the gate at 9am to reach the South Korean capital at 5:40pm, while the return journey, KE121, is an overnight service: departing at 6:45pm and touching down at 6:55am the next day.
These Airbus A380 flights are now open for booking on the Korean Air website:Competitor Asiana Airlines will fly its Airbus A380s between Seoul and Sydney in November 2016 as well, but for six flights only, in place of the usual Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s.
Korean Air also upgraded its Brisbane-Seoul flights to its newest Airbus A330 aircraft with fully-flat beds in business class and new suites in first class: the same jets that will return to Sydney after the A380 completes its run.
More photos: Inside Korean Air's new Airbus A380 superjumbo
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