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23 May 2014
23. May 2014 Commercial Aircraft

A major presence: Asiana Airlines’ initial A380 underscores the jetliner’s key role in the Asia-Pacific region

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First A380 delivery to Asiana Airlines

The delivery of Asiana Airlines’ first A380 on 26 May, 2014 is shown in this “best of video,” highlighting the special ceremony in Toulouse, France, with speeches from Airbus, Asiana, Rolls-Royce and the South Korean ambassador. A performance by two young Korean musicians living in France, along with a dance presentation symbolising the colours and dynamism of Asiana Airlines, concluded the ceremony, followed by the milestone aircraft’s rollout and a welcome from Airbus employees who formed the shape of Asiana Airlines’ wing-shaped corporate symbol. Read less Read more

With its unrivalled capabilities, the double-deck A380 jetliner has become a true star in Asia-Pacific, underscored once again with today’s delivery of South Korea-based Asiana Airlines’ first A380 aircraft.
This 21st century Airbus flagship has become an aircraft of choice for the region’s operators, meeting Asia’s strong air traffic growth and efficiently increasing capacity, particularly at its busy international airports.  Globally, approximately two-thirds of the aircraft’s capacity is deployed to, from or within the Asia-Pacific region.
Airbus’ Head of A380 Marketing Antonio Da Costa noted the A380 will continue to play an essential role in Asia-Pacific, which is expected by 2032 to contain some 30 percent of the world’s aviation “mega cities” – airports which service more than 10,000 long-haul passengers daily.
“With the jetliner’s 525-passenger capacity in a comfortable three-class layout and its superior operating economics, the A380 is the ideal aircraft for profitable growth in this dynamic region,” he said.
According to its latest Global Market Forecast, Airbus projects that nearly 40 per cent of the demand for very large aircraft in the next 20 years will come from the Asia-Pacific region, accounting for some 620 jetliners. 
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An engine pylon is readied for its integration on the wing of an A320 Family aircraft at the Toulouse, France final assembly line.

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