Korean Air A380-800 Returns to Service

Korean Air A380-800 Returns to Service

Background

With the reduced demand from the COVID-19 pandemic many airlines have either stored or retired their A380’s as they are deemed “unprofitable” under circumstances of low demand. However, as demand for air travel returns in Asia from the COVID-19 crisis airlines are too beginning their recovery process! Today Korean Air announced that they will bring back their A380-800’s. At first, Korean Airlines will bring back their A380’s on the Seoul Incheon (RKSI) to Guangzhou and back route once a week on Wednesdays. According to Simple Flying:
  • Flight KE 865 will depart from Seoul’s Incheon Airport (RKSI/ICN) at 08:50. Following a three hour 40 minute flight, the giant of the skies will touch down in Guangzhou (ZGGG/CAN) at 11:30.
  • The Airbus A380 will then remain on the ground in China for one hour and 50 minutes.
  • Flight KE 866 will then depart from Guangzhou at 13:20. Having flown for three hours and 35 minutes, it will touch back down in Seoul’s Incheon Airport at 17:55.

What’s interesting about this route choice is that China Southern operates their A380 on the very same route meaning two superjumbos will be competing for revenue/load factors on the same route on Thursdays!

As @Ishrion stated in this thread this route has now been active for exactly a week, hopefully, the recovery continues, and many more airlines will follow suit with not only their aircraft but also their employees and everyone involved!

How will this become reality

According to Simple Flying, " Korean Air has reactivated its Airbus A380 registered as HL7614. This aircraft is 9.6 years old, having taken its first flight in March 2011, according to Planespotters.net. However, the last time the aircraft flew was on a flight from Paris to Seoul on March 5th, over half a year ago. The airline needed to make sure that the aircraft was safe to fly before loading it with passengers. Storing an aircraft involves many things such as sealing egress points and removing the aircraft’s batteries, hence the need to make sure that everything is back as it should be.

On September 28th, the aircraft embarked on a one and three quarter hour test flight. The flight saw Korean flying the aircraft down to the island of Jeju, before turning towards Busan, then returning to Incheon. The aircraft reached heights of 32,000 feet above South Korea. According to data from FlightRadar24.com, the aircraft went around on its first landing at Seoul, though this may have been intentional."

Conclusions

The aviation industry is one of the most resilient industry, there will always be demand for travel, and we will get through this pandemic together! There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Even though this is a cliche the re-entry of Korean Air A380 service along with the ongoing recovery of the world shows us the strength and unification of the airline industry. Thank you to all the pilots, crews, mechanics, dispatchers, ATC, airport staff, and more for working tirelessly with uncertainty of whether they are safe, whether their job is currently safe to provide for us, and to keep these birds flying!

Stay Safe everyone!!! :)

-Justin Duval

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Let me know what you guys think!!! :)

Didn’t Korean Air already begin ICN-CAN A380 flights last Wednesday?

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@Ishrion this could have been planning or speculation, all the articles I read are from 6 hours ago or 11 minutes ago ( all from today 10-5-20); it seems like it is now official and active. :)

Let me know if you find other older sources that indicate the A380-800 airborne on this route/ schedule!!! :)

Yea looks like their first revenue Seoul to Guangzhou A380 flight was last Wednesday, September 30:

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Korean Air has reactivated one of their ten parked Airbus A380s. On September 30th, the superjumbo flew from Seoul to Guangzhou, China, and back again. It was Korean Air’s first scheduled A380 flight since March.

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@Ishrion Interesting, I will update my post then, thank you very much!!! :)

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Lets get the calvary in here to adress their views ;) @Tsumia @Elefanths @Airborne_Canuck @ran @Aviation3

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@CPT_Colorado is going to be most happy :)

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Not part of the “calvary”, but I’m excited to hear that the A380 is back. Was the first widebody I flew, always will have a special place in my heart.

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@ran very true :)

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@Thunderbolt your always welcome LOL :) but yes this has great significance and demonstrates the resilience of the aviation industry!!!:)

Hopefully, more airlines follow suit!!! :)

Man, that’s great the first widebody I flew on was United’s 747-400 in 2017 to Beijing (ZBAA/ PEK) and the first A380-800 I flew on was Airfrance’s service from CDG/LFPG-SFO/KSFO. The A380 is one of my favorite planes, of course, I aspire to pilot the A350 but the A380 and A320 families are amazing!!! :)

AHAHAH my beautiful flying whale is back.

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@CPT_Colorado Yes, it is!!! :)

Almost literally a whale too, size shape, and the beautiful blue of the Korean Airlines livery!!! :)

A magnificent plane, and a magnificent achivement for the aviation industry to have this plane back!!! :)

Glad to see that the A380s are back

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@Aviation2929 Yes definitely!!! :)

Hopefully, more airlines follow suit!!! :)

Glad to have these whales back in the skies!

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@Airborne_Canuck most definitely!!! :)

Me: wow thats pretty sick

Me on my inside

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@Aviationer Definitely, its great news!!! :)

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