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Old 02-13-2014, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Asiana Airlines (OZ, Seoul Incheon) will acquire at least fourteen A380-800s and other aircraft from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) through 2018 as part of plans to fight the growing threat of South East Asia's LCCs. "A growing challenge from low-cost carriers is a stark reality facing almost all full-service airlines around the world," Chief Executive Kim Soo-cheon told The Wall Street Journal. "They will continue to be a challenge for many years to come, but I see a great potential in long-haul services, where budget carriers, by nature, have little access." The Korean carrier currently has six A380s on order of which two are due in June, two are due next year with the final pair due in 2017. The twin-deck aircraft will be deployed on the carrier's flagship Seoul Incheon to Los Angeles Int'l route in July with New York JFK and Frankfurt Int'l to follow.
That makes 20 A388 for OZ and would make OZ the third largest operator of the A388 together with QF behind SQ and of course EK.. That boosts the order book of the A380 to:

318 firm orders
31 options
123 deliveries/ backlog: 195 airframes
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If I am correct, Asiana's A380 route between Seoul and L.A. will be the first route in which two rival carriers will have deployed the A380 on. At this time, Korean Air currently offers the A380 twice a day on this route.
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And haven't one of the leasing companies just ordered 20 too ?
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd like to see a fight between to A 380's.
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