Korean Air to become first carrier to offer flying duty free shop on A380s
Korean Air will become the first airline to offer a flying duty free shop when its first of ten A380s enters service on 10-Jun-2011 (Business Traveller, 06-Apr-2011). The stall has been designed and manufactured for Korean Air by AIM Aviation and will replace 13 seats on the A380. The carrier expects to make up for the lost revenue in duty free sales. Lancome has purchased the first advertising spot inside the shop, which will promote "new, existing and exclusive products" from the airline's duty-free range. It will also be complemented by the continuation of the regular cart service. First class passengers will have the opportunity to browse the shop and make purchases before anyone else, followed by business class and other passengers. Korean Air's A380s will feature a 407-seat layout with 12 first class seats, 94 in Prestige business class and 301 in economy class.