Flight KE082 is scheduled to depart New York JFK at 2:00 p.m. on August 9, to become the first A380 commercial flight to cross...

Korean Air is introducing the first Airbus A380 service from New York to Asia, on August 9.

Flight KE082 is scheduled to depart New York JFK at 2:00 p.m. on August 9, to become the first A380 commercial flight to cross the Pacific from New York.

The airline plans to add A380 service to Los Angeles International Airport in October.

“Our A380 flight is a game changer for New York,” says John Jackson, Korean Air’s Americas marketing vice president.  “We now offer service to Asia that no one else can meet. Our aircraft is roomier, quieter and more comfortable than any other serving the New York area.”

Korean Air took delivery of its first Airbus A3280 on May 24, 2001 and put the airrcaft into revenue service on June 17, with a flight from Seoul's Incheon International Airport to Tokyo Narita International Airport

Notes Jackson: “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 Kosmo First Class suites and 301 Economy Class seats on the first level, with the all-business class upper deck featuring 94 lie-flat sleepers spaced six feet apart. Korean Air calls its business class service prestige Class.

The airline says its 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 all 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,” says Jackson.

There are actually three bars on each Korean Air Airbus A380. In addition to the hosted Celestial Bar, there are self-service bars located in First Class and at the front of Prestige Class.

Korean Air says it was one of the first airlines to offer organic salads and breads during flight and now offers low-calorie and healthier eating options. Its in-flight wine list features California, French and Australian vintages.

For more information on Korean Air, visit www.koreanair.com.