SEOUL, Korea (August 8, 2014) – Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, has announced to deploy its business jet for the 17th Incheon Asian Games torch relay.
Korean Air’s business jet will depart from Gimpo Airport on 9 August and fly to Delhi, India where the Asian Games’ torch will be ignited and will start its rely journey across Asia.
The charter flight will carry the torch from Delhi to Yantai on 10 August. The torch will then arrive at Incheon port through the waterway between Korea and China. On 13 August at the Incheon Culture & Art Center, the tourch will be combined with another one which is separately ignited on Manisan Mountain, Korea on 12 August to become the ‘Asian flame of the future’.
In order to deliver the Asian Games torch safely, Korean Air deploys the Global Express XRS, which can fly more than 12 hours carrying 12 passengers onboard. The cruise speed of the business jet is 879km/h and the maximum range is 11,500km.
Previously, the Asian Games torch was ignited in the host country. However, starting from this year’s Incheon Asian Games, the committee has decided to light the flame in New Delhi where the first Asian Games was held in 1951.
Being the ‘Prestige Partner’ of the Incheon Asian Games, Korean Air has decided to offer its charter flight for the safe delivery of the Games torch for the relay.
In March 2012, Korean Air became the first official sponsor of the Incheon Asian Games. Korean Air, as the official and highest-ranking sponsor, the ‘Prestige Partner’ of the Games, provides full support to the Incheon Asian Games and sponsors air tickets and hotel accomodation.
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 ten 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 430 flights a day 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 http://www.koreanair.com.