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Korean Air delivers relief goods to Nepal

Korean Air delivers relief goods to Nepal

SEOUL, Korea (April 28, 2015) – Korean Air will provide relief goods to those affected by the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Goods being delivered to the country include 24,000 bottles of mineral water, 2,000 blankets, dried rice and other food materials.

The relief goods will be delivered through Korean Air’s flight over the next few weeks. Furthermore, Korean Air also plans to collect donations from its employees such as clothing and daily necessity goods.

As a leading global carrier, Korean Air has a strong commitment to helping with relief efforts in times of need. In the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, Korean Air dispatched a special cargo flight to transport blankets and mineral water to the quake zone.

The carrier also made donations of relief goods such as 90,000 liters of mineral water and 2,000 blankets to the victims of the earthquake in the northeast province of Japan in March 2011 and 60,000 liters of mineral water, 60,000 noodle cups, 24,000 of dried rice and 2,000 blankets to the Philippines to aid those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

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 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 127 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 157 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 cuisine and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.

The airline is a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance, which together with its 20 members, offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,320 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

Korean Air selected as sole Sharklet provider for next Airbus A330neo

Korean Air selected as sole Sharklet provider for next Airbus A330neo

SEOUL, Korea (April 23, 2015) – Korean Air has been nominated as the sole provider of A330neo’s wing structure, Sharklet. During the recent bidding held by Airbus, Korean Air beat out distinguished aircraft parts manufacturers to be the sole manufacturer of Sharklet.

Korean Air will participate in the design, development, testing and certification of the ‘Sharklet’ component of A330neo, and manufacture the new composite wingtip devices at its Busan facility in South Korea starting 2016.

The Sharklet for Airbus A330neo is a raked-tip structure attachment at the end of the wings of an aircraft. It cuts down on aerodynamic drag by reducing spiral shaped vortices at the wingtips of the aircraft and improves aircraft fuel efficiency by 4%. When combined with the latest generation engines fitted to the aircraft, the A330neo will offer a total reduction in fuel consumption of 14% per seat.

Recognized with its outstanding aerostructure manufacturing, Korean Air was selected by Airbus to be the supplier of A330neo Sharklet.

The A330neo is the new variant of the best-selling A330 fleet of wide body aircraft. The A330neo incorporates eco-friendly design resulting in increased fuel efficiency and reduced noise.

Since 2009, Korean Air has demonstrated its outstanding manufacturing ability by producing 2,200 units of Sharklets for A320, which are independently designed and developed by Korean Air. Korean Air has also been carrying out the manufacturing for of A350 cargo door since 2008.

Korean Air has played a major role in components manufacturing for both Airbus and Boeing, the world’s most famous aircraft manufacturers.

Korean Air has also participated in development of B787’s major components including the composite rear fuselage of the aircraft. Recognized by its outstanding aerostructure manufacturing, Korean Air was also selected by Boeing to be the supplier of B737 MAX winglet.

Korean Air utilizes its own technology in manufacturing helicopters and unmanned air vehicles, producing F-5 E/F, UH60 and 500MD since 1976. The airline expanded its business in 1986 to include the manufacturing of civil aircraft components and has been providing key components, such as belly or wings, with cutting-edge technical skill, to the world’s top aircraft manufacturers.

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 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 126 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 155 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 cuisine and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.

The airline is 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 16,000 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 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.

Travel to Lake Baikal becomes more convenient with Korean Air

Travel to Lake Baikal becomes more convenient with Korean Air

Seoul, Korea (19 April, 2015) – Korean Air has announced that, as from 18 May, it will resume its service between Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, known for its continental architecture and gateway to an area famed for its natural beauty.

The service will operate two flights a week on the Incheon-Irkutsk route, utilizing a B737-900 aircraft equipped with AVOD in all seats and seating up to 159 passengers in two classes. The flight time will be approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Operating every Monday and Friday, KE983 will depart Seoul/Incheon at 20:50pm and arrive in Irkutsk at 00:05am early the next morning. The return flight KE984 departs Irkutsk at 02:30am and arrives at Seoul/Incheon at 07:10am the same morning.

Geographically located at the border of Russia and Mongolia, Irkutsk, “Paris of Siberia” is the biggest city in Eastern Siberia and the economic and cultural center of the Irkutsk Oblast region. The city is a popular tourism destination and the starting point of tours to the massive Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tourists also visit Irkutsk for various touristic resources including the Kirov Square, where the historical center with the ensemble of old churches and the Eternal Flame memorial is situated, and Taltzy architectural and ethnographic reserve that represents the dwellings, elements of everyday life, traditions and religious cults ofthe native people of the region.

By resuming the Incheon-Irkutsk route Korean Air expects to meet the demand and provide more options and greater flexibility for passengers travelling to Russia.

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 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 127 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 157 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 is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance which together with its 20 members offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,320 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 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 bar lounges.

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

Korean Air expands codeshare routes with China Airlines

Korean Air expands codeshare routes with China Airlines

SEOUL, Korea (April 17, 2015) – Korean Air, the flag carrier of South Korea, has announced an extended codeshare agreement with China Airlines, increasing the flights offered by Korean Air between South Korea and Taiwan. Commencing 20th April 2015 flights will be added between Seoul and Kaohsiung and also between Busan and Taipei. The new codeshare agreement will commence on 20th April 2015, following regulatory approval.

A codeshare is an aviation business partnership whereby a flight operated by one airline, is jointly marketed by one or more other airlines. The agreement will allow Korean Air to sell tickets with its marketing flight number KE on the flights operated by China Airlines.

Prior to the extended agreement Korean Air, code sharing with China Airlines, offered a total of 25 flights per week on just the Seoul – Taipei route; fourteen flights operated by Korean Air and eleven flights operated by China Airlines. The new codeshare agreement will allow Korean Air to provide an additional twenty-one flights between South Korea and Taiwan (seven flights on the Seoul – Kaohsiung route and fourteen flights on Busan – Taipei route), offering more flexibility, convenience and choice to passengers.

In addition, members of Korean Air’s frequent flyer program Skypass will accumulate points when using the codeshare agreement to purchase Korean Air tickets for China Airlines flights.

Korean Air currently has codeshare partnerships on 195 routes with 33 airlines worldwide, including Air France, Aeromexico and China Southern. Korean Air will continue to expand opportunities for code share partnerships in order 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 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 126 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 155 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 cuisine and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.

The airline is 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 16,000 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 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 bar lounges.

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

Korean Air initiates Third Home Building Program in Philippines

Korean Air initiates Third Home Building Program in Philippines

Cebu, Philippines (April 12, 2015)   As part of the long-term Home Building Program, Korean Air is partnering again with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) to build shelters and offer immediate assistance for local communities in northern Cebu Province who are victims of Typhoon Hagupit, occurred last December.

On April 11, a group of 16 Korean Air employees and outsourced staff gathered at the Cebu office and volunteered with HFHP in helping build homes and providing maintenance trainings to the families, whose houses were seriously damaged or destroyed.

“As an international carrier, Korean Air recognizes the importance to contribute and grow with the local communities that we serve and we are strongly committed to helping with relief efforts in times of need. In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Philippines for the third home building project, Korean Air treasures this opportunity to engage our volunteers and utilize our resources to rebuild homes and restore hope for people suffering from natural disasters. We truly hope to extend our care and helping hand to underprivileged communities and we are eager to continue promoting sustainable developments across Southeast Asia through different local and global social responsibility initiatives,” said Jong Wook Park, Regional Manager in Cebu, the Philippines.

Korean Air also donated house repair kits to the affected families. The kits contain plywood, lumber, corrugated roofing sheets, galvanized iron sheets, assorted nails, a hammer and a saw, which could be used to construct a small dwelling or to patch up walls and roofs of damaged houses. Apart from providing trainings to the beneficiaries on the proper use of construction materials and safe building practices, HFHP has also arranged skilled laborers to assist residents to build their new homes.

This is the third HFHP Home Building Project that Korean Air has been supporting since October 2013. During the first two Programs, Korean Air joined HFHP to build houses for the underprivileged in Payatas, Quezon City, and Daanbantyaan, Cebu Province.

Korean Air has continuously supported for relief works in the communities suffering from the natural disasters. Last August, the Korean Air volunteer group, comprising of employees from the headquartera in Seoul, went to Bicol in the Philippines to offer assistance for typhoon victims. They helped to repair damaged houses, serving free meals, installing solar lamps and delivering basic medicines and nutritional supplements for residents living in the remote areas. In November 2013, Korean Air provided relief goods to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Goods delivered to the country included 60,000 liters of mineral water, 60,000 noodle cups, 24,000 cups of dried rice and 2,000 blankets.

As a leading global carrier, Korean Air will continue to participate actively in support to its corporate social responsibility programs at home and abroad in the near future, include protecting the environment, maintaining sustainable development, sharing with and supporting the local communities.

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 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 126 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 155 aircraft including ten A380s.

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

The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance which together with its 20 members, offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,320 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 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 bar lounges.

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

Korean Air Resumes Service to St. Petersburg

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Korean Air Resumes Service to St. Petersburg

SEOUL, Korea (April 9, 2015) – Korean Air has announced that as from 26 April it will resume its service between Incheon and Russia’s second largest city St. Petersburg. The service will operate three flights a week, utilizing A330-200 aircraft equipped with AVOD in all seats and seating up to 218 passengers.

Operating every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, KE929 will depart Seoul/Incheon at 17:55pm and arrive in St. Petersburg at 21:30pm the same day. The return flight KE930 departs St. Petersburg at 23:00pm for an overnight flight that arrives at Seoul/Incheon at 13:40pm the next day.

A gateway to northern Europe, St. Petersburg is a major European cultural center with traditions and heritage cherished for many centuries. The city is home to more than two hundred museums; many of them housed in historical buildings, the best known being the famous Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Korean Air is well known for its support of arts and culture and has sponsored the audio guide service at the Hermitage Museum since 2009.

The city attracts tourists from all over the world particularly during the summer when visitors can enjoy the phenomena known as the White Nights – a pearlescent, luminous all night glow lights the city and allows festivals, concerts and parties to take place throughout the night.

By resuming the Incheon – St. Petersburg route during the summer season, Korean Air meets the demand and provides more options and greater flexibility for passengers travelling to Russia and Northern Europe.

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 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 127 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 157 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 is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance which together with its 20 members, offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,320 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 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 bar lounges.

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