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Korean Air to Introduce the Ninth Airbus A380

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SEOUL, Korea (27 June, 2014)– Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, has introduced the ninth A380 aircraft to its fleet.

The ninth A380 will go through the required tests in Korea before making its debut flight to Atlanta on July 6.

Korean Air operates the A380 on Incheon-Los Angeles and Incheon-New York fourteen flights a week each and Incheon-Paris seven flights a week. Commencing July 6 the carrier will also operate the A380 on the Incheon-Atlanta route three flights a week.

Configured in a three-class layout with just 407 seats in total, Korean Air provides the ultimate comfort to passengers onboard its “hotel in the sky”.

Korean Air’s A380 has 301 seats in economy class, the lowest configuration of any A380 operator so far, providing the most spacious pitch of 34 inches. The ergonomically designed “New Economy” seats provide the utmost comfort to passengers on long haul flights.

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Korean Air took the bold step of being the first global carrier to devote an entire upper deck of the large aircraft to a single class. 94 fully flat ‘Prestige Sleeper’ seats are located on the upper deck of the A380 in Prestige Class (business class) providing an experience that can be likened to a business class only aircraft.

And for the ultimate experience twelve ultra-luxurious First Class Kosmo Suites are located in the front of the lower deck and provide passengers with independent space, whilst also ensuring total privacy.

Korean Air’s ‘Duty Free Showcase’ is located at the back of the lower deck and features a variety of duty-free products with a dedicated cabin crew member on hand to assist and advise passengers with all their shopping needs.

The very relaxing ‘Celestial Bar’ is a dedicated area of the A380 aircraft where passengers can sample Korean Air’s exclusive cocktails during their flight. Six exceptional cocktails feature at the bar, chosen following a special cocktail tasting event recently carried out by the airline for VIP customers.

Other bars are located on each floor at the front of the aircraft by the Prestige and First Class cabins and passengers can serve themselves and have some time away from their seat.

Korean Air will finalize the delivery of its tenth A380 being delivered in July – three years after the first A380 was introduced into Korean Air service in June 2011.

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 126 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 156 aircraft including nine 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 donates computers to Mongolian school as part of CSR campaign

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Kim Kyu-whan, senior vice-president of Korean Air (First on the right) and Ichinkhorloo, principal of the school (Second on the right) take a photo during the donation ceremony

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (26 June, 2014) – Korean Air held a ‘donation ceremony’ on 26 June at Gun Galuutai Complex School nearby Baganuur, Ulaanbaatar to formally handover to the school thirty computers with desks and chairs.  The ceremony was attended by Kim Kyu-whan, senior vice-president of Korean Air, Lee Jong-su, head of Korean Air’s Ulaanbaatar office, Otgonbold, deputy head of the Baganuur District Office and Ichinkhorloo, principal of the school along with many other officials and students.

Gun Galuutai Complex School has 1,800 students ranging from 1st to 12th grades. The school has experienced teaching difficulties because of the poor IT facilities.

Korean Air’s computer donation program started last year when it provided thirty computers for the Bolovsrol School in Mongolia. The aim of Korean Air’s donation program is to enable Mongolian students to keep up with technology and learn the skills to enable them to be computer literate.

Korean Air has other CSR projects in Mongolia including its ‘Global Planting Project’, which has seen the planting of trees in Baganuur since 2004 to help counteract desertification, which badly affects the region; students at Gun Galuutai Complex School have also participated in this project. The Korean Air Forest in the Baganuur area, now extends to 44ha (440,000 square meters), consisting of some 83,000 trees. The airline has also employed local forestation experts who are residing in the area to manage the planted trees and educate residents on forestation.

Meanwhile, Korean Air has also donated books and computers to Chinese schools in rural areas and built houses for communities in Manila and Cebu in order to fulfill its social responsibility in and out of Korea. 

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 126 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 154 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 Presents Traditional Inflight Meal “Bibimbap” At 2014 K-Culture Festival In Beijing

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Beijing (June 1, 2014)– Korean Air, the flagship carrier of South Korea, introduced its signature dish “Bibimbap” to Chinese appetites at the 2014 Touch K-Culture Festival in Beijing yesterday.

At the Festival held by the Korea Tourism Organization to promote cultural exchange between Korea and China, Korean Air held an inflight cuisine cooking event where the airline’s award winning traditional Korean inflight meal, “Bibimbap”, was introduced to thousands of visitors.

Bibimbap, one of the most popular Korean dishes, is made of white rice topped with vegetables, beef and Gochujang (chili pepper paste). Korean Air was the first airline to serve Bibimbap as an inflight meal, and the airline has helped create worldwide awareness of Korean cuisine and, in recognition of its efforts and quality of cuisine, the airline was awarded the prestigious Mercury Award from IFCA (International Flight Catering Association) in 1998.

At the 2014 Touch K-Culture Festival, visitors were given insights into successful Bibimbap cooking, by a chef who specializes in traditional Korean dishes. The executive chef talked about the origin of the dish and its recipe. Some lucky visitors were given the chance to participate in the cooking with participants joining in the fun mixing all the ingredients together in a vast bowl. After the demonstration Korean Air flight attendants served the cooked Bibimbap to the crowds.

As well as Bibimbap, Korean Air also introduced its traditional Korean ‘table d’hôte’ menu, which is served in First Class and another popular Korean dish “Bulgogi with rice”- rice topped with stir-fried beef.

Korean Air also provided another attraction at the Festival; ‘The Teddy Bear Photo Zone’ where visiting children were able to dress up in kid-sized Korean Air crew uniforms and have their photos taken with giant teddy bears, also dressed as crew.

The Korean Air activities at the Festival were a huge success, drawing hundreds of people who queued patiently in long queues, even before the start of the event. The 800 servings of Bibimbap and Bulgogi with rice ran out in just an hour.

As a Korean cultural ambassador, Korean Air has been actively participating in renowned world travel fairs held in various cities around the world, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Berlin, Madrid, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Auckland.

Utilizing its international reach via its passengers, Korean Air is committed to promoting Korean culture and cuisine to the world.

 

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 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.