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Korean Air to launch four new routes in China and the Philippines in the second half of 2019

Korean Air will launch four new routes in the remaining part of the year–three in cities in China and one in the Philippines. The airline will also increase its frequency of the Incheon~Delhi and Incheon~Beijing routes to meet demand but will suspend the Incheon~Nadi (Fiji) operation.

The new China routes of Korean Air will be Incheon~Nanjing, Zhangjiajie (below), and Hangzhou. Korean Air has been grantted traffic rights to these routes following successful Korea-China aviation talks back in March 2019.

Photo: Korean Air.

Nanjing, one of the seven historical capitals of China, holds a rich cultural heritage of old dynasties, and Zhangjiajie is well known to travellers as the perfect city for trekking. Hangzhou, a former home to Korean Provisional Government, was praised by the Italian explorer Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful city in the world.’

Korean Air said it will diversify the Chinese routes and develop tourism where required, to reflect demand through the opening of the new direct routes.

Korean Air is also planning a new route in Southeast Asia. The airline will launch Incheon~Clark seven flights a week, from the end of October. Clark, Philippines, is popular with family travellers and offers a variety of activities, such as golf and snorkeling.

Korean Air also intends to increase seat capacity for popular routes with increasing demands. Korean Air will add the Incheon~Delhi operations to seven flights a week from September 1 for both business traveltraveleers and tourists. The current 14 flights a week between Incheon and Beijing will also be extended to 18 flights a week from the end of October in order to improve customer benefits.

However, Korean Air will suspend the Incheon~Nadi operations from October 1 due to decreasing demands and constant deficit of the route. The carrier said it will change passenger reservation well in advance to minimize customer inconvenience.

In other news, starting October 1, Korean Air will suspend service to and from Seoul (Incheon)/Nadi (Fiji).

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Delta equity investment deepens ties to joint venture partner Korean Air

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

  • Korean Air joint venture provides a strong platform for Delta growth, world-class customer benefits and revenue generation across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific.
  • Delta has acquired a 4.3 percent equity stake in Hanjin-KAL.

Delta Air Lines has acquired a 4.3 percent equity stake in Hanjin-KAL, the largest shareholder of Korean Air. The investment demonstrates Delta’s commitment to the success of its joint venture with Korean Air and the customer benefits, market positioning and growth opportunities the partnership enables. Delta intends to increase its equity stake to 10 percent over time, after receiving regulatory approval.

“Together with the team at Korean Air, we have a vision to deliver the world’s leading trans-Pacific joint venture for our shared customers, offering the strongest network, the best service and the finest experience connecting the U.S. with Asia,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “This is already one of our fastest-integrating and most successful partnerships, and experience tells us this investment will further strengthen our relationship as we continue to build on the value of the joint venture.”

Delta and Korean Air operate the industry’s most robust trans-Pacific joint venture, providing customers with seamless access to more than 290 destinations in the U.S. and over 80 destinations in Asia, including the partnership’s award-winning hub at Seoul-Incheon (ICN).

Since launching in May 2018, Delta and Korean Air have strengthened cooperation by expanding joint operations in the trans-Pacific to include more than 1,400 codeshare flights, including connections throughout Asia and the U.S. Teams at both airlines have also worked closely together to provide the best travel experience for customers between the U.S. and Asia, integrate sales and marketing activities, and enhance loyalty program benefits, such as the ability to earn more miles on both loyalty programs and redeem them on a wider range of flights. Additionally, Korean Air and Delta have launched cargo cooperation across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market.

The partnership is contributing to Delta’s first year-over-year growth in the Asia Pacific region since 2012, with new service launched earlier this year between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Seoul, as well as Seattle and Osaka, operated in partnership with Korean Air. Additionally, Korean Air has launched new service linking Boston with Seoul.

The joint venture builds on nearly two decades of close partnership between Korean Air and Delta, both founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance.

Delta is growing its international footprint and leveraging partnerships with key airlines in regions around the world, including through joint ventures and equity investments. These investments improve alignment between Delta and its partners, creating a more stable environment for growth amid an increasingly dynamic global landscape.

Korean Air announces intent to acquire 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Korean Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL7209 (msn 34818) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946717.

Boeing, Korean Air and Air Lease Corporation (ALC), today announced at the Paris Air Show the airline plans to add 30 new 787 Dreamliner airplanes to its fleet, with a commitment to purchase 10 new 787-10s and 10 additional 787-9 airplanes valued at $6.3 billion at current list prices. As part of this agreement, Korean Air will also lease 10 787-10s from ALC.

The airline, one of the largest transpacific carriers in Asia with 16 non-stop routes to North America, will introduce the larger 787-10 to complement its long-haul fleet of 787-9 and 777 airplanes. This order will be reflected on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalized.

With this order, Korea’s flag carrier will quadruple its 787 fleet to 40 airplanes as it looks to strengthen its long-haul fleet.

The 787-10 is the largest member of the super-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliner family. At 224 feet long (68 meters), the 787-10 can serve up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than Korean Air’s existing fleet of 787-9 airplanes. Powered by a suite of new technologies and a revolutionary design, the 787-10 sets a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics when it entered commercial service last year. The airplane allows operators to achieve 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes.

Korean Air operates a fleet of 96 Boeing passenger airplanes, including the Next-Generation 737, 747, 777 and 787 airplanes. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet with the 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

Korean Air employs a variety of Boeing Global Services to support its fleet, including Airplane Health Management services, which optimizes aircraft scheduling using predictive analytics with real-time flight data to reduce delays for its 787 aircraft. The airline also employs Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag services that streamline access to digital navigational data, charts, manuals, and weather information for pilots. In addition, Korean Air also uses digital flight planning and runway performance analysis solutions, to further enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs across all phases of flight.

Korean Air also selected the GEnx engine to power its 30 additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This selection will increase Korean Air’s GEnx-powered Dreamliner fleet to 40 aircraft.

Korean Air’s Aerospace Division is a key Boeing partner on the 747-8 and 787 programs, supplying the distinctive raked wing-tips for each model. The division is also a supplier of the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology (AT) Winglet.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL7209 (msn 34818) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946717.

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Korean Air receives delivery of its 200th Boeing aircraft

HL8346 - "200th Boeing" logo

On May 14, Korean Air received delivery of its 25th Boeing 777-300ER (HL8346), the 200th Boeing aircraft the airline has received since 1971.


The first Boeing aircraft Korean Air received delivery of was the Boeing 707-3B5C. Out of the 200 aircraft from Boeing over 48 years, Korean Air currently operates a total of 119 on both international and domestic routes as part of its passenger and cargo fleets.

The new aircraft was first operated on the Incheon~Fukuoka route, and will primarily fly to San Francisco, Osaka, Hanoi and other international destinations along with the 24 other Boeing 777-300ERs. The latest Boeing 777-300ER will have a special livery to show that it’s the 200th plane from Boeing.

Korean Air first introduced the Boeing 777-300ER into service in 2009. With a seat capacity of 291, Boeing 777-300ER is an eco-friendly aircraft with 26% fewer carbon dioxide emissions compared to its predecessor, and it emits less noise. Passengers can enjoy a comfortable cabin atmosphere created by LED colored lighting.

B777-300ER is equipped with next-generation seats: Kosmo Suites in first class, Prestige Sleepers in prestige class, and New Economy in economy class.

Korean Air connects 124 cities in 44 countries with 119 and 49 aircraft manufactured by Boeing and Airbus respectively.

The airline will continue to promote customer convenience as a global leading airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 777-300 ER HL8346 (msn 63434) (200th Boeing) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946400.

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Delta launches new flights across the Pacific in partnership with Korean Air

Delta Air Lines made this announcement:

  • The new flights connect Minneapolis/St. Paul with Seoul, South Korea, and Seattle/Tacoma with Osaka, Japan. 
  • Flights are first additions to the Delta-Korean joint venture’s network since the partnership launched in May 2018; Boston-Seoul service operated by Korean Air also launches April 12.

​Delta is bringing customers more options for travel across the Pacific with direct service launching today connecting Minneapolis/St. Paul with Seoul, South Korea, and Seattle with Osaka, Japan.

The two new Delta flights, together with Korean Air-operated service between Boston and Seoul beginning April 12, are the first additions to the partnership’s network since the joint venture launched in May 2018.

Seoul-Incheon connects Delta’s MSP hub to over 80 destinations across Asia with Korean Air

 

In addition to enjoying among the best connections between the Midwestern U.S. and Asia, customers on Delta’s new Seoul-Minneapolis/St. Paul flight will enjoy will airline’s award-winning service onboard a newly upgraded 777-200ER.

This aircraft features all new cabins, including 28 award-winning Delta One suites with a full-height door, memory foam seats and state-of-the-art design; 48 Delta Premium Select cabin seats with elevated personal service, plated meals and more space to stretch out with recliner seat rows; 90 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 112 all-new Main Cabin seats – the widest in the Delta international fleet – in a nine-abreast configuration. The new cabins enjoy in-seat USB and 110V power ports, inflight Wi-Fi and new dynamic LED lighting that varies by phase of flight fostering a relaxing, refreshing environment onboard. These flights also feature menus in all cabins crafted by Michelin two-star Chef Kwon Woo Joong.

The service is Delta’s second trans-Pacific nonstop flight from its MSP hub, complementing existing service to Tokyo-Haneda.

Seattle/Tacoma-Osaka route expands partnership’s presence in Japan

The Seattle/Tacoma-Osaka route represents a significant addition to the Delta and Korean Air trans-Pacific joint venture partnership, which serves 12 destinations in Japan — giving shared customers optimized schedules, a more seamless customer experience and improved loyalty program benefits.

Delta is deploying Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the new route, equipped with 25 fully flat-bed seats in Delta One, 29 seats Delta Comfort+ and 171 seats in the Main Cabin.

Delta operates more than 150 peak-day departures to more than 50 destinations from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Delta is Seattle’s fastest-growing airline, growing by more than 50 percent since 2012 and 5 percent this summer.

Korean Air unveils special aircraft logo to celebrate 50th Anniversary

Korean Air has announced that ten aircraft will display a special emblem and slogan to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

The special aircraft livery will depict the number 50 with a plane flying over it alongside the slogan “Beyond 50 Years of Excellence”. The number 50 symbolizes Korean Air’s 50th anniversary and features a stylized taegeuk design. Taegeuk is the iconic mark of the Korean Flag.

The slogan “Beyond 50 Years of Excellence” emphasizes Korean Air’s contributions during the last 50 years to Korea’s airline industry, and also highlights the national carrier’s ambitions to make the next 50 years even better for the company. Employees of Korean Air took part in the design and selection process of the emblem and slogan.

Korean Air will operate a total of ten aircraft with the special livery, two of each of the following aircraft types: A380-800, B787-9, B777-300ER and A220-300, as well as a B737-8 MAX later this year.

Korean Air’s Boeing 777-300ER from Incheon to San Francisco was the first plane with the special livery to take to the sky on February 14. The other 50th anniversary-themed aircraft will be added to various global networks of Korean Air, as well as domestic routes, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Korean Air on March 1. The emblem and slogan will be on the side of the ten planes until the end of 2019.

Korean Air announces its winter schedule, increasing frequencies of key routes

Korean Air Boeing 737-9B5 HL7726 (msn 30001) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907818.

Korean Air has announced changes to its flight schedule in time for the 2018 winter season, which commenced on October 28, 2018. The changes include launching new routes and increasing service frequency on key routes that have shown steady growth.

Korean Air has launched a new, regular service between Danang, Vietnam, and Busan, Korea, which will run daily and operate on Boeing 737-900 aircraft (top). The Busan-Danang flight, KE465, will depart the Gimhae International Airport at 09:25 PM, arriving at Danang at 12:20 AM the next day. KE466, the return flight will depart Danang at 02:45 AM and arrive at Gimhae at 08:30 AM.

Korean Air will boost the frequency of the Incheon-Istanbul route, which has shown a steady increase in demand and will now be operated four times a week. Due to the expected rise in seasonal demand, Korean Air will now operate the Incheon-Nha Trang service daily.

The airline will also increase the frequency of some American routes in December and January, including the Seoul (Incheon)-Seattle/Tacoma and the Seoul (Incheon)-Las Vegas service which both change from five times a week to six times a week.

The Seoul (Incheon) to Zagreb service, which is the first regular service connecting East Asia and Croatia directly, will merge with the Zurich route during the winter season. Therefore, the flight will operate to Zurich via Zagreb three times a week. The route between Seoul (Incheon) and Hong Kong will be increased from 28 times a week to 35 times a week to provide customers with a wider range of flight options.

During the winter season, Korean Air will suspend selected flights including Incheon-St. Petersburg, Incheon-Irkutsk, Incheon-Nanning, Busan-Hong Kong, and Busan-Guam.

Meanwhile, Korean Air will deploy recently introduced aircraft, such as Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, and Bombardier/Airbus CS300 (A220-300) on the main routes, where the demand is expected to grow during the winter season, to provide a more comfortable flight experience.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 737-9B5 HL7726 (msn 30001) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907818.

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