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Delta and Korean Air to launch world-class joint venture partnership

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N824NW (msn 1637) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937960.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will launch a new joint venture partnership that will offer customers world-class travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market.

The joint venture has now been approved by regulatory authorities in the U.S. and Korea, including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The expansive combined network formed by this partnership gives Delta and Korean Air’s shared customers seamless access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

The airlines will work closely together to bring customers the full benefits of the partnership, including joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, optimized schedules, a more seamless customer experience, improved loyalty program benefits, integrated IT systems, joint sales and marketing activities, and co-location at key hubs.

Beginning soon, Delta and Korean Air will:

  • Implement full reciprocal codesharing on each other’s networks and work together to provide the best travel experience for customers between U.S. and Asia
  • Offer improved reciprocal loyalty program benefits, including providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn more miles on Korean Air’s SKYPASS program and Delta’s SkyMiles program
  • Begin implementing joint sales and marketing initiatives
  • Increase belly cargo cooperation across the trans-Pacific

The new joint venture builds on nearly two decades of close partnership between Korean Air and Delta; both were founding members of the SkyTeam alliance and have offered customers an expanded codeshare network since 2016.

Earlier this year, Delta and Korean Air co-located into the new, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN), substantially reducing connecting times for customers. One of the world’s largest airports, ICN has among the fastest connection times in the region. It has been named among the best airports in the world for more than a decade by Airports Council International, as well as the world’s cleanest airport and the world’s best international transit airport by Skytrax.

Delta anticipates that Seoul Incheon will continue to grow as a major Asia gateway for Delta and Korean Air. Delta is the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to three major U.S. gateways, including Seattle, Detroit and Atlanta from ICN, while Korean Air is the largest trans-Pacific carrier.

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Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N824NW (msn 1637) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937960.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7628 (msn 156) LHR (SPA). Image: 932510.

Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7628 (msn 156) LHR (SPA). Image: 932510.

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Korean Air announces its summer schedule

First flight on December 9, 2017

Korean Air has announced changes to its flight schedule in time for the 2018 summer season, commencing March 25. The changes include increasing service frequency on key long-haul routes between Korean Air’s hub at Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Europe and America.

A significant change in Korean Air’s schedule is the increase in flight frequency to provide passengers flying to North America with a wider range of choice.

As of March 25 flights between Incheon and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas will increase from four times a week to five times a week (Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat/Sun).

The Incheon-Toronto flight will increase on March 25 from five times a week to a daily flight and the Incheon-Seattle/Tacoma flight will also have the same increase to daily flights as from May 1.

In addition, Korean Air will boost the frequency of some European routes; the Incheon-Rome service will go daily and the Incheon-Prague flight will increase to four times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat). The Incheon to Madrid service will be operated four days a week (Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun) and the flights between Incheon and Istanbul will also be increased to four times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun).

Meanwhile, from April 19 Korean Air will resume operating its direct flight to St. Petersburg and from April 23 to Irkutsk. These Russian routes do not operate in the winter season due to low demand.

Korean Air will deploy recently introduced aircraft, such as Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, on the main American and European long-haul routes, where the demand is expected to grow during the summer vacation season.

The official summer schedule for 2018 will run from March 25 until October 27.

Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL8085 (msn 34814) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940285.

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Korean Air becomes the third operator of the Bombardier CS300

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft on December 22, 2017 celebrated the delivery of a first CS300 (HL8092, msn 55018) aircraft to Seoul-based Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., the Asian launch customer for the C Series aircraft family.

Executives from Korean Air and Bombardier and several hundred shop floor employees who build the C Series aircraft attended the delivery ceremony at the C Series production facility at Mirabel, Quebec.

 

The CS300 aircraft will allow Korean Air to allocate its larger single-aisle jets and wide body aircraft to routes requiring their capacity and “right size” the Bombardier jet to lower-density regional routes.  Korean Air may later take advantage of the CS300 aircraft’s range and expand internationally.

Korean Air Lines is expected to take delivery of their second CS300 before year-end – another 127seat dual-class configuration with Premium Economy and Economy seating.

Korean Air’s firm order for 10 CS300 aircraft, with options for 10 and purchase rights for an additional 10 was announced on July 29, 2011, following the Letter of Intent announced a month previously at the International Le Bourget Paris Air Show.

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Delta, Korean Air joint venture is approved by the U.S. DOT

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 ER N862DA (msn 29734) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921468.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air took a significant step in the creation of their trans-Pacific joint venture with approval of the joint venture by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The DOT approval reflects the consumer benefits that will be created by the new joint venture. The two carriers will deepen their relationship, offering customers in the U.S. and Asia an enhanced and expanded flight network as well as more compelling travel options. The airlines have also applied for approval for the joint venture from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The joint venture will create a combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before. The joint venture will provide both airlines with the expanded scale and scope to offer new alternatives to customers. The two airlines will also expand codeshare flights on trans-Pacific routes.  Customers will benefit from enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s SkyMiles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS program.  In addition, co-location at key airports including Incheon Terminal 2 which will provide customers with a seamless connection and baggage transit experience. Under the agreement, the airlines will share costs and revenues on flights within the scope of the joint venture as they work to expand service options for travelers.

In anticipation of the joint venture, Delta launched new nonstop service between Atlanta and Seoul earlier this year. This flight complements Korean Air’s existing service and provides customers in the U.S. with greater access to destinations across Asia. Korean Air operates to 10 gateways in the U.S. while Delta has three gateways from Seoul along with nonstop service to six other gateways in Asia. The new joint venture provides U.S. travelers with more options when flying to Asia.

Delta has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful trans-Atlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. Today, Delta has seven partnerships with leading carriers in the biggest aviation markets in the world that are either joint ventures, equity investments, or both – spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Through these deep relationships and immunized joint ventures, Delta has successfully achieved many of the benefits of cross-border cooperation for our customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 ER N862DA (msn 29734) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921468.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 777-3B5 HL7534 (msn 27950) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 906591.

Korean Air Boeing 777-3B5 HL7534 (msn 27950) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 906591.

Delta and Korean Air to expand partnership

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 LR N709DN (msn 40559) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 904715.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have reached an agreement to deepen their historic partnership, with an expanded trans-Pacific network that will increase travel choices and boost competition between the U.S. and Asia.

The airlines signed a memorandum of understanding to implement a joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to the most comprehensive route network, industry-leading airline products, world-class airport facilities and a seamless customer experience.

Highlights of the agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, include:

The intent to create a fully integrated trans-Pacific joint venture arrangement, with both airlines sharing the costs and revenues on flights and coordinating schedules for seamless, convenient connections.

A combined network, serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before.

Enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s Sky Miles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS programs.

Upon the signing of the final joint venture arrangement, Delta and Korean Air will work together to implement all aspects of the enhanced co-operation including expanded codesharing, frequent flyer programs and joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, with co-location at key hubs with seamless passenger and baggage transit experience.

Delta will be launching new nonstop service between Atlanta and Seoul in June 2017, a flight that complements Korean Air’s existing service, providing customers in the U.S. with greater access to destinations across Asia.

At the same time Korean Air will continue to expand its U.S. – Korea network in summer 2017 with the introduction of a third roundtrip between Los Angeles and Seoul, as well as a second flight between San Francisco and Seoul.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 LR N709DN (msn 40559) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 904715.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7612 (msn 039) LAX (Sam Chui). Image: 908571.

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Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7612 (msn 039) LAX (Sam Chui). Image: 908571.

Boeing delivers the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Korean Air

Boeing and Korean Air on February 22, 2017 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. The Seoul-based carrier will be the first Korean carrier to operate the 787-9 Dreamliner in the country. The airline is scheduled to launch domestic flights to Jeju from Seoul (Gimpo) for a month as part of the required certification period, before launching long-haul international routes to Toronto, Madrid, and Zurich later this year.

Korean Air is scheduled to introduce five 787-9 Dreamliners to its fleet this year with another five joining the fleet by 2019.

Photo: Boeing. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL8081 (msn 34810) is pictured at Charleston, SC.

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Boeing and Korean Air finalize an order for 30 737 MAXs and 2 777-300 ERs

Korean Air 737 MAX and 777-300ER (Boeing)(LR)

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Korean Air (Seoul) today finalized the airline’s order of 30 737 MAXs and two additional 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners valued at nearly $4 billion at current list prices. The airline also has options for additional 737 MAXs as part of the order, which was previously announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June.

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With this order for up to 52 Boeing airplanes, Korean Air becomes Boeing’s newest 737 MAX customer and now has 62 firm Boeing airplane orders on backlog.

As part of this order for 737 MAX airplanes, Korean Air also adds another two 777-300ERs as it continues to modernize its long-haul widebody fleet.

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Korean Air currently operates a fleet of 91 Boeing passenger airplanes that consist of 737, 747 and 777 models. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

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