PARIS ( TheStreet) -- Slowly, the world's airlines are warming to the Airbus A380. Four years after the jumbo A380 was introduced, the plane, whose wingspan stretches more than 261 feet, is flown by a half dozen airlines. The latest is Korean, which began service last week.
Three others Asian carriers are in line for the aircraft. They include China Southern Airlines, which will take delivery later this year, as well as Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways, with deliveries set for next year. Demand for very large airplanes clearly exists. Boeing ( BA), in its current market outlook issued June 16, said very large aircraft will account for 3% of the world's fleet in 2030, down from 4% today, but the fleet will be far larger. Boeing's principal competitor to the A380 will be the new 747-8, which will seat 467 passengers. So far, no U.S. carrier has indicated any interest in the A380. Read on for a look at the six carriers currently flying the aircraft.