JFK isn't exactly packed with Lufty jets, so whenever you see the deep blue tail with gold crane logo, count how many rows of windows are on the plane. One? Not an A380. Two? BINGO. Catching one of Lufthansa's big birds at JFK is particularly special to us since we were at the figurative birth of the first LH A380 last year in Germany. Relive all the awesomeness with us here.
Major props to Emirates for being the first airline to fly an A380 into JFK for regularly scheduled flights. That was back in 2008 if you can believe it. Regardless, during a rough 2009 the carrier took the A380 off the route and only recently reintroduced the superjumbo back to JFK. It frequently pulls up to the left wing of Terminal 4, and JetBlue flyers all the way over in the right side of Terminal 5 have a prime view.
· Air France
The most infamous of the A380s on the JFK tarmac is that of Air France. Why? Oh, just because it smacked a tiny Delta regional jet back in April, causing damage to both planes and enough worldwide news coverage to make it seem like an international incident.
· Korean Air
The new kid on the block also happens to be the fanciest. Korean began flying their A380 from New York in August, not too long after receiving it in the first place. The big blue ox boasts First Class and Business Class lounges inside, and even a mini duty-free shop.
Next: Singapore Airlines starts up a New York-Frankfurt-Singapore route in January 2012. They're the ones with full beds in First Class, Givenchy tableware and haute cuisine, so you know their arrival onto the scene will be quite a big deal.
A Korean Air A380 and a Lufthansa A380 snuggle up at Terminal 1 just this past weekend