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Korean Air’s Inaugural Flight to Okinawa Touches Down

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OKINAWA AIRPORT (3)

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 to Resume Services to Russia’s Summer Destinations

A330-200 Landing

Korean Air A330-200

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 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 

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 Expands Codeshare Agreements With Skyteam Partners Air France And Alitalia

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Korean Air Expands Codeshare Agreements With Skyteam Partners Air France And Alitalia

Seoul, Korea (1 June, 2015) – Korean Air has announced that the existing codeshare agreements it has with fellow SkyTeam members Air France and Alitalia will be expanded.

As from 1st June 2015, the Air France codeshare agreement will be expanded to include two French domestic destinations and eight international destinations.  The Korean Air flight code KE will be available on Air France flights to French cities Lyon and Toulouse and also Barcelona, Madrid, Geneva, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart and Casablanca.  It will also double the frequencies on its existing codeshare routes between Paris-Nice and Paris-Marseille from seven weekly to 14 weekly.

In addition, commencing June 4th, Korean Air will expand its codeshare agreement with Alitalia. Under the agreement, Korean Air will codeshare on flights newly operated by Alitalia between Rome and Incheon, doubling the frequency on the route from three a week to six.  Alitalia will continue to codeshare on Korean Air operated flights between Incheon-Rome and Incheon-Milan.

Korean Air will also codeshare on Alitalia operated flights from Rome to three domestic destinations – Milan, Venice and Bologna, as well as seven international destinations – Athens, Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, Budapest, Cairo and Casablanca.

As a result of expanded codeshare agreements between SkyTeam partners, passengers are provided with seamless travel to worldwide destinations. The agreement also enables members of Korean Air’s frequent flyer program, Skypass, to earn mileage on all codeshare flights.

Korean Air currently has codeshare partnerships with 33 airlines on 198 routes worldwide, including SkyTeam Partners such as Air France and Alitalia. Korean Air will continue to expand opportunities for codeshare 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 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 127 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 158 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 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.