SEOUL, Korea (August 22, 2014) – Korean Air has announced a code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines on the Incheon-Urumqi route. The code share will commence on the 22 August 2014, offering greater convenience and choice to passengers.
Korean Air’s flights depart from Incheon International Airport on Tuesday and Saturday and China Southern Airlines will operate on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, giving a choice of 5 flights a week on the route.
Urumuqi, is the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in North West of the People’s Republic of China and is a central developmental target for the China Western Development project that the Central Government of China is leading.
Urumqi, which means “beautiful pasture” in the Mongolian language, is the most remote city from any sea in the world. The city is a major hub on the historical ‘Silk Road’ and has many tourist attractions, including trekking courses in Tian Shan Grand Canyon and Heaven Lake of Tian Shan, which is 6,257 feet above sea level.
Korean Air expects to see an increase in both business travelers and tourists through the codeshare with China Southern Airlines on the route.
A codeshare is an aviation business partnership through which a flight operated by one airline, is jointly marketed by one or more other airlines. The purpose of a code share is to make air travel easier, by allowing travelers to travel across the networks of multiple airlines with a single reservation, in order to reach their final destination.
Korean Air currently has code share partnerships with 29 airlines on 319 routes worldwide, including SkyTeam partner airlines such as China Southern Airlines, Delta and Air France. Korean Air will continue to expand opportunities for code share partnerships to provide the most convenient schedules for its passengers.
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 400 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.