Transaero Airlines will become the launch customer for the A380 in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. In Transaero service, the Airbus A380 will feature a three-class cabin layout, seating about 700 passengers.

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After a successful flight of five hours on October 20, the aircraft returned to Toulouse to be prepared for its next journey to the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany for cabin installation and painting.

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During a celebration ceremony on October 14 at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France, the first of five aircraft ordered by China Southern Airlines was handed over by Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders, to China Southern Airlines Chairman, Si Xianmin.

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Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of two additional A380s, four A320s and one A330-300.

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Singapore Airlines will begin operating the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, on the Singapore-Frankfurt-New York route from January 15, 2012.

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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 Los Angeles A380 service in October.

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Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third-largest airline, has placed a $700 million-plus firm order for two more Airbus A380s, bringing its total order for A380s to six. Additionally, Airbus indicates it has received a commitment from an unidentified customer for 10 A380s.

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The first A380 for China Southern Airlines has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, as the carrier confirms it will add 20 leased Embraer 190s to its fleet.

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Korean Air has become the sixth A380 operator worldwide and the first in North East Asia with the introduction on June 17 of revenue service with its first super-jumbo.

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On June 7, the first Airbus A380 for Malaysia Airlines entered the Airbus Final Assembly Line on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac Airport for the final-production phase.

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Korean Air is the sixth airline to take delivery of an A380 and has ordered a total of 10 aircraft. It will initially operate the A380 from its Seoul hub to selected destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop flights to North America and Europe.

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Singapore Airlines has announced it will now begin operating the Airbus A380 superjumbo on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route from July 1.

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ILFC has ordered 33 Boeing 737-800s and signed a memorandum of understanding for 100 A320neo-family aircraft, including 75 A320neos and 25 A321neos. However, ILFC is terminating its purchase agreement for 10 A380s.

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Washington D.C. will get its first Airbus A380 service on June 6 when Air France starts daily flights between Paris and Washington Dulles International Airport.

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Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third-largest airline and the country’s fastest-growing carrier, has firmed into an order the memorandum of understanding it signed with Airbus in November 2010 for four A380 super-jumbos.

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Deliveries of Asiana’s A380s are scheduled to begin in 2014, be completed in 2017 and Airbus says the airline plans to operate the aircraft with a premium lay-out on key routes to Europe and the United States.

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Korean Air’s A380 upper-deck business seating, called Prestige Class, will have 94 lie-flat sleepers with 74 inches between seats and extra-large seat partitions.

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The airline will operate its SQ12/SQ11 round-trip service on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route with A380s from March 27. Singapore Airlines currently operates the route with Boeing 747-400s.

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Skymark will operate its A380s on major international long-haul routes from Tokyo. Skymark Airlines is the first Japanese airline to commit to purchasing A380s.

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