Korean Air launches A380 from Los Angeles
The humongous double-decker jet lifted off from LAX on Tuesday afternoon after reporters and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa toured the 407 seats, three bars and its on-board duty-free shop.
With Tuesday's flight, Korean Air joins only Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines to offer flights on the A380 from Los Angeles.
Korean Air begins with three flights a week to Seoul with the A380 but will begin offering daily flights on the plane between the two cities starting Oct. 29.
During a ceremony before the plane lifted off, Korean Air's Americas Marketing Vice President John Jackson toasted the launch of the service, saying simply: "Wheels up."
During a tour of the cabin, Villaraigosa relaxed in the lie-flat seats in the first-class section and then sat with reporters in one of three bars in the plane.
"This is not vodka," the mayor joked as he sipped a drink. "This is only water."
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Photo: A Korean Air A380 prepares to take off from Los Angeles International Airport. Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times