Given the complexity and challenges typical to the launch of an aircraft with the Airbus A380′s impressive and unprecedented specifications, the delay is not surprising. The airline must not have been too worried because a review of order announcements shows several additions (or perhaps changes from options to firm) by the South Korean air carrier.
Seating capacity, on the other hand, seems to have shrunk. In the initial order press release Airbus said the A380 would seat 555. By 3 February 2009 the Korean Air configuration was stated as a standard three class layout with seating for 525 passengers and a range of 8,200 nm.
Current specifications for the A380 as published on the Airbus website state the range is now 8,300 nm, with typical seating at 525 (3-class).