While the future of the Airbus A380 appears bleak, Korean Air recently has reactivated one of its superjumbos for scheduled flights.
The Seoul-based airline has put an A380 back in service on flights between Seoul and Guangzhou, China. Operating on a once-weekly basis, the first flight resumption for Korean Air's A380s took off from Seoul-Incheon on September 30 for the three hour trip to Guangzhou and the return flight (KE865/KE866).
According to Flightradar24, the flight used the airline's A380 with the registration HL7614 which entered service with the airline in 2011 (Planespotters). The next scheduled flights using the jet will be the next Seoul-Guangzhou run on October 7.
Along with Korean Air's A380 flights, Guangzhou-based China Southern commenced its own once-weekly service on the route that was resumed on August 20. China Southern is also using its own Airbus A380 for the service.
As Korean Air returned an A380 to regular service, the future of the superjumbos with the major global airlines remains uncertain. While airlines such as Emirates has announced plans to resume operations of the superjumbos, other airlines have continued to store them or are considering plans to retire the jets from their fleet.