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Korean Air expands its presence in India with Jet Airways

Korean Air expands its presence in India with Jet Airways

Seoul, Korea (26 February, 2016) – Korean air, the flagship carrier of South Korea, has today announced the launch of a new codeshare agreement and frequent flyer program with Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline.

The codeshare agreement will start from March 1st 2016, and will offer greater convenience and choice to passengers travelling from India to Incheon, Seoul, through gateway airports in Asian destinations such as Singapore and Bangkok. Passengers will also benefit from the connections onto Jet Airways’ daily service to Delhi.

As part of the code-share agreement between the two airlines, Korean Air will place its “KE” code on Jet Airways’ 7 to 14 weekly flights from Mumbai and Delhi, to Bangkok and Mumbai-Singapore, and the codeshare routes are expected to be expanded even more by the end of this year. Passengers will benefit from the increased connectivity and frequency between Incheon, Seoul and cities in India.

Along with the code share agreement a new frequent flyer partnership program will take effect. This reciprocal partnership will enable members of both airlines’ frequent flyer program, SKYPASS and JetPrivilege, to earn and burn mileage on the entire network of the two airlines.

Korean Air currently operates an A330 aircraft from Incheon to Mumbai three times a week. The flight departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Incheon and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Mumbai.

Jet Airways is one of India’s foremost airlines operating over twenty international routes from the cities of India. Boasting an ultra-modern fleet of more than 116 aircraft, Jet Airways is making its mark on the global aviation scene as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. Korean Air will continue to enhance synergies with Jet Airways as strategic partners by expanding codeshare routes together.

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 travellers 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 34 airlines on 397 routes worldwide. Korean Air will continue to expand opportunities for codeshare partnerships to provide seamless travel with 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 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 aircrafts 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 

About Jet Airways

Jet Airways is India’s premier international airline operating flights to 73 destinations, including 51 in India and 22 across the world. Jet Airways’ robust domestic network in India spans the length and breadth of the country covering metro cities, state capitals and emerging destinations. Beyond India, Jet Airways operates flights to key international destinations in South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America.

The Jet Airways Group currently operates a fleet of 116 aircraft, comprising Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus A330-200/300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s. With an average age of 6.63 years, this is one of the youngest fleets in the region.

Jet Airways together with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline, and NIKI, participates in Etihad Airways Partners, which brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.

Hanjin Group Chairman Yang Ho Cho garnered the title of Grand Officier in France’s Légion d’Honneur

Hanjin Group Chairman Yang Ho Cho garnered the title of Grand Officier  in France’s Légion d’Honneur

Seoul, Korea (5 November, 2015) – Hanjin Group Chairman, Yang Ho Cho, today received one of the highest civilian honors awarded by the French Government.

Chairman Cho is granted the title of Grand Officier in France’s Légion d’Honneur by the President of France, François Hollande, at a special ceremony held today at Seoul Grand Hyatt Hotel. The ceremony was held during President Hollande’s visit to Korea.

Chairman Cho has been networking in the private business arena as Chairman of the Korea-French High Level Businessmen’s Club. Further taking up the role of Chairman of France-Korea Year 2015-2016, Chairman Cho actively fosters cooperative ties between the two countries by advancing joint businesses opportunities.

Recently, Korean Air celebrated the launch of the Musée d’Orsay’s first-ever Korean-language audio guide, sponsored by the airline.

Founded by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802, the Légion d’Honneur is France’s highest decoration, recognizing achievements in fields including public service, economics and culture. It is divided into five classes of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).

Chairman Cho was awarded the title of ‘Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur’ in 2004 for his contribution to the bilateral cooperation between France and Korea.

The honor proves that Chairman Cho is following in the footsteps of his father, the late Chairman Choong Hoon Cho and the founder of Hanjin Group. Prior to Chairman Cho recent award, the late Chairman Choong Hoon Cho was the only Korean recipient of Grand Officier.

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 44 countries on six continents with a fleet of 162 aircrafts 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 

Hanjin Group’s 70th corporate anniversary

Hanjin Group’s 70th corporate anniversary

Biography of the former chairman Cho Choong-hoon published

Seoul, Korea (2 November, 2015) – A biography of the late Chairman and founder of Hanjin Group, Cho Choong-hoon, titled ‘BUSINESS as an ART’, has been published and is now available to the public.

An event, to launch the book detailing Mr. Cho’s extraordinary achievements, was held during the 70th anniversary celebration of the Hanjin Group, which took place at the West Tower Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Incheon on November 2nd.

Mr. Cho established ‘Hanjin Transportation’ in 1945, in Haean-dong, Incheon, with the company name meaning ‘March of the Koreans’. Mr. Cho went on to follow an expansion path in the transportation industry creating land, sea, and air transportation corporations, including Korean Air and Hanjin Shipping. The corporation encompassed a full range of global logistics and transportation companies, now known as the Hanjin Group. Mr. Cho passed away in 2002 but his powerful legacy lives on.

Hanjin Group has been working on the publication of a commemorative biography of Mr. Cho since 2010, to honor his passion and achievements and also detailing the challenges he faced as a young man when he launched Hanjin 70 years ago.  With all credit to Mr. Cho and thanks to his solid management philosophy he went on to become the leader of the nation’s transportation industry.

The publication of ‘BUSINESS as an ART’ is a very meaningful work in terms of being a historical recording of the Hanjin corporate story, based on the founder’s life story; it is also a fascinating insight into the history of Korea’s transportation and logistics industry.

The biography, ‘BUSINESS as an ART’ contains nine chapters and 392 pages; ‘An Odyssey at Sea’, about Cho’s childhood and the founding and early days of Hanjin Transportation; ‘The Legend of Quy Nhon’, describing the transportation business opportunity in Vietnam; ‘Opening Up the Skies’, detailing the takeovers and development of Korean Air Lines; ‘Carrying the World on Its Wings’; ‘Realizing the Dream of Becoming a Shipping Magnate’; ‘Variations on the ‘Transportation’ Theme’; ‘The Passionate Citizen Diplomat’; ‘Caretaker of the Forest of Talent’ and ‘Master of the Art of Life and Business’.

The biography follows Mr. Cho’s journey transforming the business ‘into an art’ with his philosophy and originality and his overriding principle of serving his country with patriotism, wisdom, diplomacy and education.

The work is destined to become revered as a valuable record of the economic and diplomatic history of the Republic of Korea. It includes hidden episodes and unseen photographs, such as the image of a dockside ship unloading at Quy Nhon Port, Vietnam, incidents illustrating Korea-Japan economic diplomacy and the manufacturing of Korean combat equipment.

Former Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo and Son Gil-seung, former President of the Federation of the Korean Industries, who were close associates of Mr. Cho, wrote testimonials for the book. Mr. Lee said: “I recommend this book to young people and students who are sketching out their life plans. Cho Choong –hoon, who was an avid reader, would agree with me on this advice.” Mr.Son said: “We rarely see business books based on a beautiful philosophy.” And he recommends the book with the comment : “Though Cho has passed on, his story is alive and breathing. If you dream of accomplishing great things as a businessman, entrepreneur, or executive, you should not miss this opportunity to meet and learn from Cho Choong-hoon through this book.”

Lee Im-gwang, biographer and former reporter of Forbes Korea, is the author of ‘Business as an Art’. Over a period of four and a half years he collected live testimonies from interviews with more than 40 senior representatives of the Hanjin Group and acquaintances of Mr Cho.

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 44 countries on six continents with a fleet of 162 aircrafts 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 Celebrates Launch of Korean Language Programme at Musée D’orsay

Korean Air Celebrates Launch of Korean Language Programme at Musée D’orsay

Seoul, Korea (14 September, 2015) – Korean Air’s Chairman Yang Ho Cho and the Musée d’Orsay’s President Guy Cogeval, along with VIP guests from the cultural, economic and sports worlds, gathered at the famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris, to celebrate the launch of the museum’s first-ever Korean-language audio guide, sponsored by Korean Air.

In addition to the Korean language audio guide a new set of printed materials, including guide maps and catalogs will be available in the Korean language, thanks to the Korean Air sponsorship. The audio guide is now available in ten languages – previously the museum offered guides in languages that included French, English, German and Japanese – with the absence of Korean being a source of frustration for Korean visitors.

Korean Air’s Chairman Yang Ho Cho said: “The ceremony to celebrate the introduction of the Korean audio guide at the Musée d’Orsay is particularly special to us, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of Korean Air’s service between Paris and Seoul. I know that the audio guide with its informative commentary will make it easier for Korean visitors to fully appreciate the important works of art housed at the museum.”

The Musée d’Orsay on the left bank of the river Seine in Paris was formerly a railway station but opened as a museum in December 1986. The museum holds mainly French art dating between 1848 and 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography. It has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, including work by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh. The museum as a cultural space is also utilized as a place for performance, education and debate.

Korean Air mindful of its corporate social responsibility is keen to encourage cultural exchange through supportive sponsorship, a source of great pride to the Korean people and also has partnerships with London’s famous British Museum and the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The inclusion of Korean language services at these distinguished museums is especially meaningful, considering the number of visitors from other nations easily outnumbers Korean visitors.

Korean Air will continue to explore partnerships with the world’s prestigious museums and contribute to global cultural understanding.

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 128 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 161 aircrafts 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 programmes, routes, frequencies and partners is available at www.koreanair.com

Korean Air Helps With Flood Relief in Myanmar

Korean Air Helps With Flood Relief in Myanmar

Seoul, Korea (3 September, 2015) – Korean Air is providing relief goods to those affected by the flood in Myanmar. Goods delivered to the country include 1,800 liters of water and 500 blankets.

The relief goods from Korean Air were delivered to Myanmar on September 2, through the carrier’s flight KE471 departed at 18:40 from Incheon to Myanmar.

More than 1,150,000 people have been displaced since the flood swamped 15,000 homes and inundated fields after continued storms hit the region in late July. The international community has been supporting the ongoing relief and recovery efforts.

Korean Air is providing 500 blankets and 1,200 bottles of mineral water for the flood victims in Myanmar through the Red Cross.

As a leading global carrier, Korean Air has a strong commitment to supporting relief efforts in times of need. In the aftermath of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2015 the carrier donated of relief goods such as 24,000 bottles of mineral water and 2,000 blankets to those affected by the earthquake. Korean Air also transported relief supplies that were donated to the Embassy of Nepal.

 

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 129 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 159 aircrafts 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 programmes, routes, frequencies and partners is available at http://www.koreanair.com .

Korean Air Welcomes its First B747-8 Intercontinental Aircraft

Korean Air Welcomes its First B747-8 Intercontinental Aircraft

SEOUL, Korea (August 26, 2015) – Korean Air, the flagship carrier of South Korea, welcomed its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental at a ceremony held at the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Seattle.

Present at the ceremony to celebrate the delivery of the aircraft, representing Korean Air, was the airline’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Walter Cho and representing Boeing was its President and CEO for commercial aircraft, Mr. Ray Conner.

“This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy.” Walter Cho said. “That’s important to a global airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft.”

With the addition of the B747- 8 Intercontinental to its fleet, Korean Air became the first airline in the world to operate both types of the B747-8. In 2012, Korean Air introduced the B747-8 Freighter and operates six of these aircraft.

About 70% of the aircraft, by structural weight, incorporates new advanced aluminum alloys and carbon composites to reduce the weight drastically and giving a 16% improvement in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor the 747-400, while generating 30% less noise. With a range of 14,815km, the new B747 will be the fastest wide body passenger jet in the world with a normal cruising speed of Mach 0.86.

Korean Air’s new B747-8 Intercontinental is configured with 368 seats in a three-class configuration; 6 First Class, 48 Prestige Class (22 seats on the upper deck and 26 seats on the main deck) and 314 Economy Class. The aircraft also features Korean Air’s brand new First Class Kosmo Suites 2.0 designed with a sliding door and higher partitions to provide added privacy for passengers. The suites are also equipped with updated in-flight entertainment systems, with large 24-inch high-definition monitors and new handheld touch remotes. The airline’s Prestige Class Suites will feature staggered seating and privacy panels, along with 18” high definition touch screens. The aircraft also features an all-new, 787 Dreamliner-inspired interior that includes new curved, upswept architecture, giving passengers the feel of more space and comfort.

Commencing September 2015, Korean Air plans to operate its B747-8 Intercontinental from Seoul on the Frankfurt and Singapore routes. The airline also plans to introduce the aircraft on the San Francisco and Hong Kong routes from November.

Korean Air will continue to introduce cutting-edge, environmentally friendly aircraft for sustainable growth.  Furthermore, as a global leading carrier, Korean Air will put in its utmost efforts to differentiate its service and continuously modernize its fleet.

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 128 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 161 aircrafts 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 programmes, routes, frequencies and partners is available at http://www.koreanair.com .

Korean Air to Expand Fleet Orders $12 Billion in Aircraft from Airbus and Boeing

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Korean Air to Expand Fleet Orders $12 Billion in Aircraft from Airbus and Boeing

SEOUL, South Korea (June 17, 2015) – Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship carrier, signed MOUs totalling more than $12 billion(current list prices) with Airbus and Boeing for the purchase of more than 100 new aircraft today at the Paris Air show.

According to the MOUs, Korean Air will purchase a total of 50 737 MAX-8 (30 firm, 20 options) and two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners from Boeing.  Korean Air also will add to its fleet 50 A321neo aircraft. (30 firm, 20 options).

The MOUs, valued at approximately $12.2 billion(current list prices) and comprised of 102 aircraft, is by far the largest fleet order made in Korean Air’s and Korean aviation history.

The airline also signed a MOU with Pratt & Whitney to select PurePower PW1100G engines to power the A321neo aircraft.

Present at the ceremony were Yang Ho Cho, Chairman of Hanjin Group, Walter Cho, President and CEO of Hanjin KAL Holdings, Fabrice Brégier, CEO of Airbus, Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, among others.

The aircraft will be delivered gradually starting in 2019 until 2025. Korean Air plans to replace its old B737 fleet and to increase its capacity to address growing demand.

The B737 MAX-8 aircraft that Korean Air will be introducing incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets and other improvements to deliver high efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new aircraft will deliver 20% lower fuel use than the first Next-Gen B737s.

The A321neo aircraft will also bring a step-change reduction in fuel consumption of over 15%, longer range capability and reduced maintenance costs, as well as significantly reduced carbon emissions.

The biggest-ever order in Korean Air’s history will be a stepping stone for the airline’s evolution, and enhance flight safety by replacing older mid-long haul aircraft with newer and more fuel-efficient ones.

Korean Air will also introduce new cutting-edge aircraft such as B747-8i and B787-9 over the next few years and put in its utmost effort to play a role as a leading global carrier.

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 129 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 159 aircrafts 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 programmes, routes, frequencies and partners is available at http://www.koreanair.com .