Los Angeles, CA – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Korean Air, the largest foreign airline at LAX, will start flying its uniquely-configured A380 out of Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, October 11. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will cut the ribbon allowing Korean Air flight 018 to board and depart LAX at 12:30 p.m., October 11. It will be the first A380 flight to Korea from LAX. Currently, Korean Air is the only airline offering A380 flights to Asia from both Los Angeles and New York.
“Our A380 is a game changer for Los Angeles,” says Korean Air’s Americas Marketing V.P. John Jackson. “We now offer service to Asia that no one else can meet. Our A380 is configured with fewer seats than any other airline to date and has passenger amenities not offered by any other carrier. Our upstairs exclusive Prestige class, duty-free showcase, Celestial Bar and other lounges, combined with the inherent roominess of the A380 aircraft, provide our passengers with an unparalleled traveling experience.”
Korean Air’s A380 has only 407 seats: 12 luxurious Kosmo First Class suites and 301 Economy Class seats on the first level, with the upstairs featuring 94 lie-flat sleepers spaced six feet apart. Korean Air’s unique duty-free showcase has been garnering a lot of attention. The area, at the base of the spiral staircase leading up to Prestige Class, features cosmetics, perfumes, liquor and accessories, with a dedicated cabin crew member on hand to assist and advise passengers with their shopping needs. Shoppers can see and touch the actual goods, then return to their seats to make their selections in privacy.
“Our Celestial Bar offers our premium flyers the ultimate in in-flight style and relaxation. The new lounge, at the rear of the upstairs, is a unique mix of Asian aesthetics and functionality and is equipped with a hosted bar serving a range of signature cocktails exclusively created for Korean Air,” Jackson added.
There are actually three bars on the aircraft: In addition to the hosted Celestial Bar, there are self-serve bars located in First Class and at the front of Prestige Class. “We’ve established some valuable strategic partnerships with our new A380 service,” Jackson says. “The Celestial Bar is in partnership with Absolut, and our new First and Business Class amenity kits feature DAVI products, the skincare branch of the world renowned Mondavi wine family. The upscale cosmetics are made of grape and wine extracts from California¹s Napa Valley, plus a variety of natural extracts.”
Speaking of natural, Korean Air was one of the first airlines to offer organic salads and breads during flight and now offers low calorie and healthier eating options. It also presents one of the best wine lists in flight featuring California, French and Australian vintages. Korean Air is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, with almost 300 passenger flights between the Americas and Asia each week. The airline operates A380, B747 and B777 flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. With a fleet of 139 planes, Korean Air flies globally to 115 cities in 39 countries.