Asiana Airlines becomes the latest operator to receive an Aircelle-equipped A380
May 30, 2014
The global operator base for A380s – which are outfitted with Aircelle-supplied nacelles and thrust reversers – now includes Asiana Airlines following this week's handover of the South Korea-based carrier's first 21st century Airbus flagship jetliner.
This milestone delivery in Toulouse, France makes Asiana the 11th operator to receive the world's largest passenger aircraft since revenue flights began in October 2007.
Aircelle is the nacelle and thrust reverser integrator/supplier for both engine choices on the A380: Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 and the Engine Alliance GP 7200. In addition, the aircraft's electrical thrust reverser actuation system (ETRAS) marks the first such application in the airline industry.
To date, the global A380 fleet has flown a combined total of more than 1.3 million hours and carried over 60 million passengers in the service of: Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways International (THAI) and British Airways.
Asiana Airlines – which has ordered six of these double-deck jetliners with Trent 900 engines – initially will deploy its first A380 from Seoul on regional services in Asia to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, to be followed by long-haul routes to Los Angeles in the U.S.