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Korean Air Introduces the A380 on Paris Route

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Seoul, Korea (31 March, 2014) – Korean Air has announced the commencement of an A380 service between Seoul Incheon Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

As from 30 March 2014, Korean Air’s A380 which is configured with 407 seats, replaced the B777-300 formerly used on the route, which seated 291 passengers; thus increasing the total capacity on the route by 40%.

Flight number KE901 will depart from Seoul/Incheon at 13:05 daily and arrive in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 18:20 the same day. The return flight, KE902, will depart Paris daily at 21:00 and arrive in Seoul/Incheon at 14:50 the following day.

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Korean Air’s three-class layout of just 407 seats in total, is the lowest configuration of any A380 operator so far.  The airline’s double-decker A380s feature cutting-edge amenities, with twelve ultra luxurious First Class Kosmo Suites and 301 Economy Class seats on the main lower deck and 94 fully lie-flat Prestige Sleeper seats in Prestige Class (business class) on the upper deck. In addition, the aircraft has unique in-flight facilities, such as the world’s first ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and a new onboard bar and lounge area, offering a brand new and highly enjoyable in-flight shopping and relaxation experience.

Currently, Korean Air operates eight A380 aircraft with two more joining the fleet by the end of this year.

About Korean Air

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 23 million passengers in 2013. Korean Air operates in excess of 200 flights per day to 125 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 156 aircraft including eight A380s.

With its modern aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees, Korean Air offers customers safety, convenience and comfort. Korean Air’s award-winning offerings of Korean and Western meals and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.

The airline serves six continents with more than 1,400 flights a week and is also a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance which together with its 20 members, offers its 569 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 15,000 daily flights covering 1,064 destinations in 178 countries.

Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to ‘Prestige’ business class. The design also features the world’s first onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and three bars and lounges.

More on Korean Air’s programs, routes, frequencies and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.

 

Korean Air starts to manufacture sleds for the national bobsleigh team

 

Seoul, Korea (Mar 28, 2014) – Korean Air will begin manufacturing sleds for the national bobsleigh team with expertise from the world’s most renowned universitieswith know-how it has  acquired in manufacturing techniques in aerospace industry. With a form of industry-academic collaboration, Korean Air will not merely suggest a model for a new creativity management but also contribute to the development of winter sports and support 2018 Winter Olympic in PyeongChang.

Korean Air will establish a consortium which consists of experts group from Korean major universities and University of Southern California in the U.S. and work together on manufacturing sleds and blades for both two and four-person bobsleds.

■ Expected to be a good example of creativity management through industry- academiccollaboration

The industry- academic collaboration team made up of Korean Air and expertise will build a development team in April and commence developmental work from May. The carrier has a plan to supplement it through the first test from November 2014 to February 2015 after securing related parts and completing a  prototype. Also it will upgrade the sled every year until the time of 2018 Winter Olympic in PyeongChang.

In addition, it is expected to be a good example of creativity management to make value-added business by the concerted efforts of both the business as well as the academic worlds. Additionally, it will create a synergy effect to promote the development of the sports industry.

Sports Science created by the merge of technical expertise accumulated through development of aerospace technology by Korean Air and sports is expected to shine its importance in the production of bobsleds as carbon composites, a high-tech material used in aircrafts, is used and the study of aerodynamics for the minimization of air resistance is essential.

Korean Air is well recognized around the world for the manufacturing business of the composite material, and aerospace manufacturing technique has been participating in developing the next-generation aircrafts such as B787 and A350 with world-class technical skills. In particular, it has been the sole supplier of a “Sharklet” attached at the end of the wings of the A320 which is designed solely by Korean Air.

Meanwhile, Korean Air will become the pioneer airliner to manufacture bobsleds by participating in this project. So far, mainly European automobile manufacturers such as Germany’s BMW, Italy’s Ferrari have been taking part in producing sleds, which have been regarded as the most cutting-edge equipment among winter sports. As such, Korean Air will be the first in the airline history in the manufacturing of sleds.

Chairman Cho’s great affection and contribution to sports lead to the grand project

Yang Ho Cho, the Chairman and CEO of Hanjin Group and Korean Air, also the Chief Vice Chairman of Korean Olympic Committee, who helped PyeongChang to win the rights to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, supports the sled-making project.

Chairman Cho has been making a great contribution in developing sports in both home and abroad. He was appointed as an official ambassador for the Peace and Sport Foundation, the international organization to promote world peace through sports. He also supported the Youth Leadership Camp initiated by United Nations Office on Sports for Development and Peace(UNOSDP). Korean Air is an official sponsor of 2014 Incheon Asian Games. 

Chairman Cho heard Korean bobsleigh national team members using Dutch sleds in practice and have difficulty in setting better records since the sleds were not tailor-made for them. Thus, Chairman Cho decided to design new sleds for the team.

Kwang Bae Kang, vice president of International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation and professor of Korea National Sports University, said, “I appreciate Korean Air and Chairman Cho’s great support to develop winter sports, especially bobsleds.”

“If we win a medal in the Winter Olympics with the bobsleds manufactured with our national technology, it will be an opportunity to promote Korea‘s sports science technology to the world,” added professor Kang.

About Korean Air

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 23 million passengers in 2013. Korean Air operates in excess of 200 flights per day to 125 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 156 aircraft including eight A380s.

With its modern aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees, Korean Air offers customers safety, convenience and comfort. Korean Air’s award-winning offerings of Korean and Western meals and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.

The airline serves six continents with more than 1,400 flights a week and is also a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance which together with its 20 members, offers its 569 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 15,000 daily flights covering 1,064 destinations in 178 countries.

Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to ‘Prestige’ business class. The design also features the world’s first onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and three bars and lounges.

More on Korean Air’s programs, routes, frequencies and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.

Korean Air Unveils New Lounge at Los Angeles Airport

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Seoul, (March 25) – Korean Air, America’s largest Asian airline, has unveiled its new lounge for Prestige and First class passengers and the twenty SkyTeam customers at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), one of the biggest gateways in the west coast of USA.

Located on the fifth floor in the Tom Bradley International Terminal of the Los Angeles Airport, the new lounge was designed by Gensler, a global integrated architecture and design firm which has contributed many innovative design projects for airport facilities around the world.

Korean Air is committed to providing service excellence both in flight and on the ground. The new 305 seat, 1,320 square-meter lounge is 68 % larger and can accommodate 135 more passengers. Furthermore, the lounge offers exclusive services for passengers, including four private lounge rooms and shower booths, a lounge balcony offering panoramic views of the entire Terminal, and a luggage depository area.

In addition, as a flagship carrier of South Korea, Korean Air has furnished a drawing of the Changdeok Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the wall of the lounge entrance, allowing passengers from all around the world to experience Korea’s traditional beauty.

Korean Air currently operates an A380 to Los Angeles twice a day. With its new premium lounge, Korean Air aims to offer the best service to their customers.

The carrier is currently adding a second A380 flight to New York in May, making it the only airline serving both U.S coasts with double daily A380 flights from Asia. Earlier this year, Korean Air has also announced a daily service to Houston starting in May.

About Korean Air

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 24 million passengers in 2012. Korean Air operates in excess of 200 flights per day to 125 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 155 aircraft including eight A380s.

With its modern aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees, Korean Air offers customers safety, convenience and comfort. Korean Air’s award-winning offerings of Korean and Western meals and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.

The airline serves six continents with more than 1,400 flights a week and is also a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance which together with its 20 members, offers its 569 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 15,000 daily flights covering 1,064 destinations in 178 countries.

Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to ‘Prestige’ business class. The design also features the world’s first onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and three bars and lounges.

More on Korean Air’s programs, routes, frequencies and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.

Korean Air Doubles Daily A380 Flights From Both Coasts

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LOS ANGELES, CA (March 12) — Korean Air, America’s largest Asian airline, is adding a second A380 flight from JFK in May, making it the only airline serving both coasts with double daily A380 flights to Asia.

Korean Air currently offers double daily A380 flights from Los Angeles and daily A380 flights from New York and Atlanta. The airline also flies out of nine other U.S. cities.

“We have the most competitive service for the US business traveler to S.E. Asia and Korea,” says John Jackson, Korean Air’s vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas.  “When you combine our A380’s comforts with our schedule and service, we offer a strong value proposition and travelers are responding very well.”

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Jackson says Korean Air’s A380 is the industry’s most spacious with a total of 407 seats and an upper level dedicated solely to the business class traveler with 90 full flat sleeper suites.

“Our First Class Kosmo Suites ensure privacy and reflect the feel and elegance of a private jet.  Meanwhile, the A380’s Duty Free Showcase exhibits inflight retail offerings and our hosted Celestial Bar is becoming a real attraction.  These all help make the trip not so much about the destination, but also a memorable journey,” he says.

Korean Air’s schedule is also a plus, Jackson says, with travel times often the quickest to Southeast Asia from America.

“We have the easiest and fastest connections to SE Asia through the world renowned Incheon International Airport. Take for example, Houston, our newest market.  Our flights to Singapore with be three hours shorter than our closest competitor.  And our service to Vietnam will be anywhere from four to 15 hours quicker,” Jackson says.

Korean Air announced service to Houston starting in May, originally with a four flights per week schedule.  According to Jackson, the response was so strong that the airline will now launch with daily service from America’s fourth largest city.

“Korean Air is bullish on the Americas and the increases in A380 flights along with the launching of new markets is evidence of our confidence.  We’ve decided to earn our fair share of the U.S. business travel market with a highly competitive product and service that’s hard to beat,” Jackson says.

About Korean Air

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 24 million passengers in 2012. Korean Air operates in excess of 200 flights per day to 126 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 156 aircraft including eight A380s. For more information on Korean Air and its schedule, routes and amenities, log onto www.koreanair.com.