Category Archives: Korean Air

Korean Air extends Boeing 747-400 passenger service to November 18

Korean Air Boeing 747-4B5 HL7461 (msn 26405) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 901570.

Korean Air is now planning to operate the last Boeing 747-400 revenue passenger flight in November 2019.

Korean Air has been a long-time 747 operator, previously operating the 747-200B, 747-300 and 747-400 models on passenger flights.

Copyright Photo: GSR. HL7488 climbs away from Nagoya (Chubu Centrair).

According to Airline Route, the last flight is now scheduled between Denpasar (Bali) and Seoul (Incheon) on November 19, 2019.

The 747 passenger fleet is now down to two aircraft: HL7402 and the pictured HL7461 (top).

The company still has an extensive Boeing 747 freighter fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 747-4B5 HL7461 (msn 26405) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 901570.

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Korean Air to launch new routes in the Philippines and China, celebrates 50 years of international flying

Korean Air will launch new flights to Clark, in the Philippines, and Nanjing, China on October 27, and Zhangjiajie and Hangzhou, China, on October 28.

From October 27, Korean Air will operate the Incheon-Clark route seven times a week, Incheon-Nanjing route four times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday), and from October 28, the airline will operate the Incheon-Zhangjiajie route three times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Saturday) and Incheon-Hangzhou route twice a week (Monday/Friday).

Clark is a resort town on the central island of Luzon in the Philippines, which is about two hours by land from Manila, the capital city. The Puning Hot Springs and Subic Beach are well-known tourist destinations, and demand for tourism has been rising steadily recently.

Nanjing, China, is well-known as the center of electronics, petrochemical and automobile industries, with many Korean companies operating there, while Zhangjiajie is a leading tourist destination in China, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site due to its excellent natural scenery. Hangzhou is famous for its artificial lake, West Lake, and is also known as the center of China’s IT industry, as it is home to the headquarters of Alibaba, an e-commerce company.

In addition to the new services, Korean Air is also endeavoring to achieve route competitiveness and enhance profitability by expanding its capacity on Southeast Asia, China and Oceania routes, following the falling demand and capacity on Japanese routes.

In addition, Korean Air is also operating chartered flights on the Incheon-Athens/Amman/Cairo and Incheon-Auckland routes, and plans to provide more convenient schedules through the development of new routes to meet future customer demand.

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Incheon-Nanjing route: From October 27 to November 29, the Boeing 737 will be used.

In other news, Korean Air operated a special flight to celebrate 50 years since its first international flight on October 2. The special flight, KE683, flew from Incheon, Korea to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Korean Air, founded on March 1, 1969, operated its first international flight in the same year, on October 2, from Seoul, Korea to Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh was the first international route operated by a Korean national airline, and 50 years later, Korean Air has grown into a global airline reaching 124 cities in 44 countries.

Korean Air held an event at Incheon Airport, during the flight, and at Ho Chi Minh Airport, to commemorate the airline’s first international flight and to thank its customers for their unwavering support over the past half a century.

The airline gave out gifts and special cookies designed with a 50th anniversary emblem at the boarding gate.

Onboard the KE683 flight, Korean Air prepared a special video to showcase the Ho Chi Minh route 50 years ago. The video showed old news clips of Korean Air in 1969 opening a new route to Southeast Asia, demonstrating its leap to the global stage by upholding its missions of enhancing the national brand and pursuing private diplomacy in Southeast Asia.

The flight attendants wearing vintage uniforms walked down the aisle like a fashion show, entertaining passengers by showcasing the changes in uniforms in the past 50 years.

Korean Air to reduce Japan routes and increase Southeast Asian routes

Korean Air Boeing 777-2B5 ER HL7734 (msn 34207) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 947382.

Korean Air has announced its plans to adjust the frequency of some routes, in consideration of decreasing demand of Japanese routes due to Korea-Japan tensions. At the same time, the airline will increase the frequency of routes in the Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Chinese markets.

Korean Air will suspend the Busan-Osaka route (14 flights a week) from September 16, as well as Jeju-Narita (3 flights a week) and Jeju-Osaka (4 flights a week) from November 1.

The airline will also temporarily suspend some of its other routes. Incheon-Komatsu (3 flights a week) and Incheon-Kagoshima (3 flights a week) will be suspended from September 29 to November 16, and Incheon-Asahikawa (5 flights a week) will be suspended from September 29 to October 26.

Photo: Korean Air.

For Incheon-Osaka/Fukuoka routes, both routes currently have 28 flights a week, and the frequency will be decreased to 21 flights a week between October 27 and November 16. The frequency of Incheon-Okinawa will be reduced from seven to four flights a week, and Busan-Narita/Fukuoka from fourteen to seven flights a week, between September 29 and November 16.

In the meantime, Korean Air plans to strengthen its route competitiveness by focusing more on other markets, such as Southeast Asia, Oceania, and China in the winter season.

To begin with, Korean Air will launch a new daily route to Clark, Philippines, starting from October 27. The airline will also add four more operations a week for Incheon-Chiang Mai/Bali, increasing the number of flights per week to eleven. In Oceania, the frequency of the Incheon-Brisbane route will be increased from five to seven flights a week.

Korean Air is also planning to expand its network to China with the launch of new direct services. The airline plans to start direct flights from Incheon to Zhangjiajie and Hangzhou three times a week each, and Incheon-Nanjing four times a week. The service between Incheon and Beijing will be operated 17 times a week, up from the previous 14 a week.

In other changes, Korean Air will boost the frequency on some domestic routes. It will launch a new service between Pohang and Jeju seven times a week, and the Ulsan-Jeju flight will be operated seven times a week, an increase of two flights a week.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 777-2B5 ER HL7734 (msn 34207) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 947382.

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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).

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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