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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

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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 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 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 .

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.

Travel to Lake Baikal becomes more convenient with Korean Air

Travel to Lake Baikal becomes more convenient with Korean Air

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Korean Air

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 23 million passengers in 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 127 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 157 aircraft including ten A380s.

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

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

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

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