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Korean Air and P&W open world’s largest engine test facility in Korea

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Seoul, Korea (8 June, 2016) One of the world’s largest and most advanced aero-engine test facility has opened in Korea and the Incheon Aviation Tech Co. LTD (IAT), which is a joint venture between Korean Air and aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P & W), held a commemorative event in Woonbuk-dong, Joong-gu, Incheon on June 8 to celebrate the opening of the ETC (Engine Test Cell), which is the first phase of the ‘Plane-Engine Maintenance Center’ project.

Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho; Incheon Free Economic Zone Commissioner Lee Young-geun; the Director of Seoul Regional Office of Aviation and Incheon International Airport Corporation’s CEO Chung Il-young; attended the event, along with around one hundred other officials.

Mr. Cho Yang-ho said: “I appreciate the generous support of all the stakeholders who were involved in completing this engine test facility, which is equipped with the world’s best high-tech amenities. We are now fully prepared to perform the highest quality engine tests.”

Incheon Aviation Tech Co. Ltd was founded in December 2010, with 90 percent invested by Korean Air and 10 percent by P&W. It is the first Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) corporation in Korea, providing aircraft maintenance services, including but not limited to, assembly, disassembly, component repairs and performance testing of engines.

The ETC built by IAT is capable of testing the world’s largest engines with a thrust up to 150,000 pounds. The largest and most powerful commercial jet engine in operation is currently that of Boeing’s 777 aircraft, which have an extraordinary 115,000 pounds of thrust. The newly opened ETC can test supersized engines, as well as next generation engines being developed.

The second phase of the project is the construction of the Engine Maintenance Plant and once it is completed the business scope of the center will be further expanded to offer total engine MRO services.  

Incheon-based Korean Air and IAT will work in partnership to promote the high-tech and high value engine MRO business and eventually establish an aerospace cluster in Yeongjong district in the Incheon Free Economic Zone.

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 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 130 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 165 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 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 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

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Korean Air Chairman & CEO Re-elected to IATA Board of Governors & Strategy and Policy Committee

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Seoul, Korea (June 3, 2016) – Korean Air Chairman & CEO Mr. Yang Ho Cho has been re-elected to the IATA(International Air Transport Association) Board of Governors and the Strategy and Policy Committee for a three-year term each at the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Dublin, Ireland.

This is Mr. Cho’s eighth election to the Board of governors since 1996 and second consecutive election to the Strategy and Policy Committee since 2014. As a member of the Board of Governors and the Strategy and Policy Committee, Chairman Cho will play a major role in setting up long term plans and managing various kind of projects for IATA.

The Board of Governors acts as IATA’s government and 31 members are chosen among the representatives of IATA Active Member Airlines.  Its members exercise an oversight and executive role on behalf of the membership as a whole in representing the interests of the Association. Among the Board of Governors members, 11 key members are elected as the Strategy and Policy Committee member, a committee which establishes the major strategies and policies of IATA.

Having worked in the airline industry for more than 40 years since 1974, Mr. Cho was named Chairman and CEO of Korean Air in April 1999, and has served as President and CEO since 1992.

Established in 1945, IATA is the biggest trade association for the world’s airlines representing 264 airlines in 117 countries and supports many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

 

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 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 130 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 165 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 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 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 commences supply of Boeing 737 MAX Winglets

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Seoul, Korea (12 May, 2016) – Korean Air commences supplying Advanced Technology Winglets for Boeing 737 MAX, one of the Boeing 737 Next Generation series, advancing the development of the wing core parts for the aircraft.

Korean Air hosted a commemorative event at its Tech Center in Busan on May 11 to celebrate delivering the first B737 MAX winglet. Mr. Ham Myeong-rae, Senior Vice President of Korean Air Aerospace Division, participated in the event, together with representatives from Korean Air and Boeing.

B737 MAX is characterized by its high fuel efficiency and long range of about 6,500 km. The aircraft has already recorded over 3,000 orders from 64 clients around the world.

The winglet, featuring a split tip, will be installed on B737 MAX’s three-meter long wings which can play a role to increase the wing length, reduce resistance, and improve fuel efficiency by 1.5%.

The production of B737 MAX Advanced Technology Winglets requires various cutting-edge technologies, such as fabrication technique for Co-cured Blades, ultraprecision machining system and non-destructive inspection.

Korean Air has set up a task force comprising of specialists to take charge of the project and perform various tests, ensuring the maturity of technologies and identifying solutions to different problems. After years of development, Korean Air finally constructed a mass production system for the winglets.

Following the first B737 MAX winglet delivery, Korean Air will be supplying 2,400 units of B737 MAX winglets for several years.

Korean Air has played a major role in components manufacturing for both Boeing and Airbus, the world’s most famous aircraft manufacturers. The airline has participated in development of B787’s major components, including the composite rear fuselage of the aircraft and the raked wing tips. Furthermore, Korean Air has demonstrated its outstanding manufacturing ability of complex composite aerostructures by producing cargo doors for A350 and Sharklets for A320.

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B737 Max winglet

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 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 130 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 165 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 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 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’s Inaugural Flight to Okinawa Touches Down

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Seoul, Korea (6 May, 2016) – Korean Air’s maiden flight to Okinawa, KE735, touched down at Naha International Airport at 17:55 on Thursday 5th May. The airline’s inaugural   flight was met by Okinawa officials for welcome and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

Present at the ceremonies were the current Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Mr. Takeshi Onaga and the President of Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB), Mr. Taira Chokei as well as Korean Air’s Regional Director for Japan, Mr. Kim, Jeong Soo. The officials of Okinawa welcomed Korean Air to Okinawa with warm greetings and speeches. Mr. Kim thanked the guests for the warm welcome and pledged Korean Air’s commitment to Okinawa’s tourism industry.

Korean Air commenced daily non-stop flights between Incheon and Okinawa from 5th May 2016, utilising B777-200ER aircraft. The flight leaves Incheon, Seoul at 15:30, arriving in Okinawa at 17:55. It then departs Okinawa at 19:05, arriving back in Incheon at 21:35 the same day.

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 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 130 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 165 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 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 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 Delivers Relief Goods to Earthquake-Stricken Japan

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Seoul, Korea (20 April, 2016) – Korean Air has provided and transported relief goods to those affected by the earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan.

The emergency supplies, including 36,000 liters of mineral water, were loaded onto Korean Air’s flight KE787, which departed at 08:00 on April 20 from South Korea’s Incheon Airport bound for Fukuoka on Japan’s Kyushu Island.

Last week’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused significant damage in and around the Japanese city of Kumamoto, leaving more than 200,000 victims injured and displaced from their homes. The victims of the earthquake are facing serious shortages of water, food, clothing and other daily essentials.

The relief goods will be transported to the earthquake stricken areas in Kumamoto and delivered to the victims.

As a leading global carrier, Korean Air has a strong commitment to supporting relief efforts in times of need. Korean Air also carried out humanitarian aid following the devastation caused by cyclone “Winston” in Fiji last month and in 2015 donated relief supplies to those affected by the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 129 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 166 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 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 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 to Resume Services to Russia’s Summer Destinations

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SEOUL, Korea (April 15, 2016) – Commencing April 21st, Korean Air will resume services between South Korea’s Incheon and Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg. The airline will operate three flights a week, utilizing Airbus A330 aircraft equipped with AVOD in all seats and accommodating up to 218 passengers.

A gateway to northern Europe, St. Petersburg is a major European cultural center with a rich heritage and centuries old traditions. The city is home to more than two hundred museums; the best known being the famous Hermitage Museum. 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.

On May 13th, Korean Air will also resume seasonal flights between Incheon and Irkutsk, a city known as a gateway to Siberia and famed for its natural beauty. The service will operate twice a week, utilizing a B737-900 aircraft seating 159 passengers in two classes, equipped with AVOD in all seats.

Geographically located at the border of Russia and Mongolia, Irkutsk is a popular tourism destination and the starting point for tours to Lake Baikal, considered to be the oldest, deepest and clearest freshwater lake in the world, also known as the ‘Blue Eye of Siberia’.

The two seasonal services will provide a great attraction to travelers seeking summer destinations in Russia.

   Flight Schedules (*All Times Local)

Flight no. Route Service Period Aircraft Frequency       Departure / Arrival
KE929/930 Incheon ~

St. Petersburg

4/21~10/27 A330-200/300 3

Weekly

ICN    17:55    21:30      LED

LED    23:00   13:50+1   ICN

KE983/984 Incheon ~

Irkutsk

5/13~6/30 B737-900ER 2

Weekly

ICN    20:50    00:05+1   IKT

IKT    02:30+1 07:10+1  ICN

7/1~10/28 ICN    18:20    21:35       IKT

IKT    23:55    04:35+1   ICN

 

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 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 129 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 166 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 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 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 delivers relief goods to Fiji

SEOUL, Korea (March 11, 2016) – Korean Air has provided relief goods to those affected by the Cyclone in Fiji. Goods being delivered to the country include 9,000 litters of mineral water and hardtack biscuits. Korean Air also plans to transport donations collected from the Fiji embassy to South Korea.

The goods has been delivered yesterday on Korean Air’s flight KE137 which departed Incheon Airport on 19:25, 10 March. The massive hit from Cyclone “Winston”, affected about 5.5% of the total population in Fiji.

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. In 2015, Korean Air delivered 24,000 bottles of mineral water, 2,000 blankets, dried rice and other food materials to those affected by the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 24 million passengers in 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 129 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 167 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 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 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