Korean Air A380-800 Returns to Service
- 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."
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!!! :)