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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 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 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 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.

Korean Air and Aerolineas Argentinas’ first codeshare flights link Seoul and Buenos Aires

Korean Air and Aerolineas Argentinas’ first codeshare flights link Seoul and Buenos Aires

SEOUL, South Korea (March 19, 2015) – Korean Air, the flag carrier of South Korea, has announced a new codeshare agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas on the Seoul – New York – Buenos Aires and Seoul – São Paulo – Buenos Aires routes. The new codeshare on the route via New York will commence on 25th March 2015 and the route via São Paulo will take effect after April upon obtaining regulatory approval, offering greater convenience and choice to passengers.

A codeshare is an aviation business partnership through which a flight operated by one airline, is jointly marketed by one or more other airlines. The purpose of a code share is to make air travel easier, by allowing travelers to travel across the networks of multiple airlines with a single reservation, in order to reach their final destination.

Alongside the current Korean Air’s routes between Seoul – New York and Seoul – São Paulo, the codeshare flights to Buenos Aires will provide greater convenience and choice to passengers of both airlines travelling to and from Argentina.

Aerolíneas Argentinas, a member of SkyTeam, is Argentina’s largest airline flying to 60 airports in 15 countries with 70 aircraft. The codeshare on Seoul – Buenos Aires route is Aerolíneas Argentinas’ first codeshare partnership with an airline in Asia.

Korean Air currently has code share partnerships with 29 airlines on 189 routes worldwide, including Air France, AeroMéxico and China Southern Airlines. Korean Air will continue to expand opportunities for codeshare partnerships to provide the most convenient schedules for its passengers.

Aerolíneas Argentinas has implemented 6 codeshare agreements with different airlines, including Air France, KLM and Air Europa, and will continue to add new partnerships along the year, bringing more connectivity alternatives to its passengers and seamless travel options.

Route Operating Marketing STD STA Operation

Seoul→New York

KE0081 AR7861 10:05 11:00 Daily
New York

→Buenos Aires (EZE)

AR1301 KE6332 16:10 04:05+1 Daily
Buenos Aires (EZE)

→New York

AR1300 KE6331 23:00 09:05+1 Daily
New York→Seoul KE0082 AR7860 13:00 16:25+1

Daily

Route Operating Marketing STD STA Operation
Seoul→São Paulo KE0061 AR7863 21:30 10:40+1 1-3-5
São Paulo→Buenos Aires (AEP) AR2275 KE6333 13:15 16:10 1-2-3-4-5
AR1249 KE6335 05:50 08:45 Daily
Buenos Aires(AEP)

→ São Paulo

AR2240 KE6334 07:00 09:45 1-2-3-4-5-6
AR1248 KE6336 19:30 22:15 Daily
São Paulo→Seoul KE0062 AR7862 13:10 05:00+2 2-4-6

* “+1” is the next day, “+2” is two days later

* EZE : Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Buenos Aires)

   AEP : Jorge Newbery Airport (Buenos Aires)

 

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 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 569 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 15,000 daily flights covering 1,064 destinations in 178 countries.

Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to ‘Prestige’ business class. The design also features the world’s first onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and three bar lounges.

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

About Aerolíneas Argentinas

Founded in 1950, Aerolíneas Argentinas is one of the leading South American carriers. From its home bases in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Aerolíneas Argentinas flies to 24 international destinations in the Americas and Europe, covering a route network across 15 countries.

Along with Austral Líneas Aéreas, Aerolíneas operates flights to 36 destinations in Argentina, flying to more cities in the Argentine territory than any other airline. Aerolíneas provides dynamic links between Argentina and the region through its relaunched hub in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery city airport. Aerolíneas operates 22 routes linking an increasing number of cities in Argentina without having to connect flights in Buenos Aires.

In 2014, Aerolíneas carried more than 9.5 million passengers, an all-time record for the company, standing among the top two airlines with more intra South America passenger traffic.

The Aerolíneas group is carrying out an ambitious fleet renewal program. The fleet is composed of a total of 70 aircraft, including Airbus 330 / 340, Boeing 737-700 / 800 and Embraer 190 jets.

The Aerolíneas group is also committed to develop and achieve the highest level of safety and quality operations performance. Both Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral were certified under the IOSA registry originally in 2007, renewing their registrations successfully for the third time.

The airline is member of the SkyTeam global alliance since September 2012. For more information about the company, visit www.aerolineas.com.

Korean Air Introduces Direct Flights to Milan and Rome

Korean Air Introduces Direct Flights to Milan and Rome

SEOUL, Korea (January 30, 2015) – Korean Air has announced that commencing 25 February 2015 it will change the current service on its Seoul Incheon – Milan – Rome – Incheon route, to provide direct flights to both Milan and Rome, offering three flights a week to each destination, with Milan increasing to four times a week in March.

The Rome service will see Korean Air operating three times a week utilizing B777-300ER aircraft with capacity for 291 passengers. Departing from Seoul Incheon every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 16:10, the flights KE931 will arrive in Rome at 20:40 on the same day.  The return flight KE932 will depart Rome on the same days at 22:20, arriving in Seoul Incheon at 17:20 the next day.  As from 29 March, Korean Air will increase capacity on the Rome route by 25% to 363 passengers by deploying B747-400 aircraft.  On that date Korean Air will also change the timetable; with flights revised to depart Seoul Incheon every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14:00 arriving in Rome at 19:45 on the same day with the return flight departing Rome on the same days at 21:45 arriving back in Seoul Incheon at 15:45 the next day.

Korean Air’s new direct Milan service will initially operate three times a week utilizing A330-200 aircraft seating 218 passengers. Departing from Seoul Incheon every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 13:45, the flight KE927 will arrive Milan at 18:25 on the same day. The return flight KE928 will depart Milan on the same days at 20:30 arriving in Seoul Incheon at 15:50 the next day.

In addition from 29 March, Korean Air will increase the service to Milan to four times a week, adding a Monday service, and increasing capacity by deploying B777-200ER which accommodates 248 passengers.  Flight times will also change, departing slightly later from Seoul at 15:05 and arriving Milan at 20:05 on the same day. The return flight will depart Milan at 22:00 and will return to Seoul Incheon at 16:00 the next day.

Korean Air’s direct flights between South Korea and Italy will cut journey time and offer greater convenience for the increasing number of both business and leisure passengers travelling between the destinations.

About Korean Air

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 23 million passengers in 2013. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 126 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 155 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 569 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 15,000 daily flights covering 1,064 destinations in 178 countries.

Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to ‘Prestige’ business class. The design also features the world’s first onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and three bars and lounges.

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