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18 October 2005
18. October 2005 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus A380 cabin mock-up on display at Seoul Airshow


A full-scale A380 cabin mock-up at the Seoul Airshow offers the first opportunity in Asia for industry executives and the general public to see this aircraft's spacious passenger cabin.

Airbus is underlining its leadership in cabin innovations at the Seoul Airshow with a full-scale A380 cabin mock-up displayed on the Korean Air stand. The A380 mock-up will comprise sections of both passenger decks with the forward stairs and features a special interior layout highlighting the versatility and the branding opportunities for A380 customers.

The A380 cabin mock-up display offers the first opportunity for industry executives and members of the general public in Asia to view the interior of the most spacious passenger cabin ever, with fully functional lighting and delivery standard wall and ceiling shapes. The A380 will offer 50 per cent more cabin floor space while only carrying 35 per cent more passengers, thus offering more individual space for all classes.

Korean Air became an A380 customer in October 2003, when it placed an order for five aircraft with three options.

Korean Air was the first Airbus customer for the original Airbus A300 from outside Europe, and it took delivery of the first aircraft in August 1975. The airline went on to order a total of 32 A300 / A300-600 aircraft in the 1970s and 1980s, with 10 A300-600s still in service today. Korean Air took delivery of the first of 16 A330-300s and three A330-200s in 1997, all of which are still operated on the airline's Asian network.

Airbus currently has a total of 159 orders and commitments for the A380 from 16 customers, including 49 orders from six Asia-Pacific carriers. This regional total comprises orders from Singapore Airlines (10), Qantas Airways (12), PMB/Malaysia Airlines (6), Korean Air (5), China Southern Airlines (5) and Kingfisher Airlines (5).

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