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Old November 22nd, 2008, 05:08 AM   #81
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Old December 15th, 2008, 12:44 AM   #82
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Jeju Air to Start Regular International Service



By Kim Rahn
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Jeju Air has become the nation's first low cost carrier to operate regular international flights.

The Jeju Island-based carrier said Wednesday that it obtained the license for regular operations for two international routes between Incheon and Osaka and Incheon and Kitakyushu.

It plans to provide daily service on the Incheon-Osaka route and thrice-weekly service on the Incheon-Kitakyushu route starting March 20 next year. A 189-seat B737-800 aircraft will fly on the routes.

"Jeju Air is the first Korean budget airline to operate regular international services. It will differentiate Jeju Air from other low cost carriers that started later than us, such as Jin Air and Air Busan. Jeju Air will also position itself as the third civil airline in the country following Korean Air and Asiana Airlines,'' a Jeju Air official said.

The operation will also bring significant change to the air travel market, she said, because it means a new airfare rate for international flights.

The carrier will set the fare at about 75 percent of those of Korean Air and Asiana Airlines. "The low fare will open a new era for air service, toughening competition in international operation markets and creating new demand from young travelers and family tourists,'' the official said.

She said Jeju Air selected the two routes following its charter operation experience of the last six months.

Niche Market

Since July, the airline has operated some 100 irregular flights to Japanese cities, such as Hiroshima, Sapporo, Kagoshima, Kochi, Matsuyama, Osaka and Kitakyushu, and decided on the last two cities, from which stable demand is expected.

Osaka, with a population of 17 million, has strong demand. "About 70 percent of trips between Incheon and Osaka are individual travelers, usually young people. As we will provide the lowest fare among airlines operating on the routes, we'll be able to attract the young generations of the two nations,'' the official said.

Kitakyushu is a niche market that other carriers do not fly to. The Japanese city government actively encouraged Jeju Air to operate there, promising to cut airport facility fees for the carrier and finance its marketing.

Jeju Air, founded jointly by Aekyung Group and Jeju Island, began domestic operation in June 2006. It started international charter operation in July this year, following an aviation rule that grants international licenses only to carriers with at least two years of domestic experience. The airline has four 78-seat Q400 turboprops and two B737-800 jets and will adopt two more B737s next year.

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Old December 16th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #83
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New Incheon-Osaka-Guam service for Korean Air

SEOUL – Beginning December 17, Korean Air will connects Seoul (Incheon)-Osaka-Guam three times a week. The new service will leave Seoul every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while the return flight will leave Guam every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
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Korean Air launches Web Check-In Service

Korean Air is now offering travelers a more convenient start to their journey with web check-in available through its global website. From seat assignment to getting a boarding pass, the entire check-in process has gone online.

Web Check-In service is available from 4 hours to 24 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight. Any member of koreanair.com holding valid international flight e-tickets and traveling to visa-not-required destinations is eligible to use web check-in service.

This service is expected to reduce queuing time at the airport and allow more passengers to select the seat of their preference.

The procedure is simple. First passengers log in to the Korean Air website and click for the Web Check-In Service. Then select the flight and passenger name, enter passport details, select the seat, and print out the boarding pass. Once at the airport, the passenger just needs to validate the printed boarding pass at the dedicated counters, where check-in baggage is also accepted, and head straight for the boarding gate.

Passengers traveling on codeshare flights operated by other airlines, holding a group ticket, or those who have requested services requiring additional confirmation at the airport (e.g. unaccompanied minors, traveling with pets, wheelchair required passengers, upgrading, etc) are not eligible to use web check-in.
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Korean Air, Asiana Honored for Quality Service

Two major Korean carriers have been recognized as the world's best in various categories ranging from onboard service and call centers to business class facilities and advertising.

Korean Air and Asiana Airlines both won three awards each from Business Traveler, a United States magazine which uses tourism experts to conduct research on the best airlines, airports, hotels and destinations, according to various categories.

Korean Air was selected as the "Best Airline in Asia'' for the second consecutive year in the magazine's Best in Business Travel Award. The carrier was also named the "Best Business Class to Asia/Trans-Pacfic'' for the third straight year.

"Korean Air's winning of the best airline in Asia is significant in terms that it has maintained the top position among competition with other Asian carriers, most of which provide the world's highest level of services. The business class award has also confirmed Korean Air's luxury service,'' a Korean Air official said.

The carrier also won the "Best Airline Advertising Campaign,'' a category newly adopted this year. Because of the unique blue color of the carrier, Korean Air's global advertisements were recognized to have displayed imagery distinct from other airlines.

"Under the vision of `Excellence in Flight,' we have sought reformative change in everything about service by adopting audio and video on demand (AVOD) system, state-of-the-art seats and new uniform and improving cabin interior,'' the official said.



Asiana Airlines was also honored for the "Best Flight Attendants in the World'' and "Best In-Flight Service in the World'' ― both for the third consecutive year.


Asiana Airlines’ Cabincrew Support Team General Manager Park Hun-jae, center, poses with Business Traveler Editor in Chief Eva Leonard, left, actress Mena Suvari, third from left, and Asiana flight attendants at Sofitel in Los Angeles after receiving awards for flight attendants and in-flight and ground services, Dec. 11. / Courtesy of Asiana Airlines

It also won the "Best Overall Customer Service Airlines-Ground/Call Center'' for the first time. It was thus recognized as the best carrier in the air as well as on the ground.

"We have developed onboard services that go beyond stereotyped ones, including a magic show, makeup service and onboard chef, and passengers like them. We also adopt high-tech in-flight facilities through huge investment and provide high-quality service in all sectors including reservation, ticketing and boarding,'' an Asiana official said.

The award ceremony was held at Sofitel in Los Angeles on Dec. 11.

The two airlines were also honored recently by another travel magazine, Global Traveler. Korean Air was named as "Best Airline in North Asia,'' while Asiana received "Best Onboard Service and Flight Attendants'' and "Best Trans-Pacific Airline'' awards.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 09:56 PM   #88
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Turkish Airlines Reschedules Flights to Facilitate Trips

By Kim Rahn
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Travelers using Turkish Airlines will have access to better trip schedules and transfer connections, as the airline is rearranging departure times and offering increased frequency.

The Turkish carrier announced its new flight schedule and operation plan in 2009 at a press briefing in central Seoul, Tuesday.

The airline's three weekly flights currently depart from Incheon at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Istanbul late in the evening on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Starting Feb. 3, the departure time will be 11:55 p.m. and the planes will land in Turkey at 5 a.m. the next day.

"So far, travelers had to spend one night after arriving for trips or transfer. Now they will sleep in the plane and arrive in Turkey in the morning, so that they can start their next schedule right after arrival without wasting a night,'' Ahmet Sahin, director of Turkish Airlines for Korea, said.

The rescheduling will enable passengers to transfer to nearby European cities on the day of arrival in Istanbul. Athens, Paris, London, Munich, Milan and Madrid are within two hours of Istanbul, while Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Moscow and Stockholm are between two and four hours away.

"The Friday night departure will be a good option for workers with a five-day workweek. The Sunday night flight will benefit honeymooners, as many couples marry midday on Sunday and go on a honeymoon in the evening,'' a Turkish Airlines official said.

Starting March 29, the carrier will add one flight to its weekly operation, with the additional plane leaving Mondays.

In March or April, Korea and Turkey will hold aviation talks and they are likely to expand the number of weekly operations to seven from the current four, the official said.

If these talks bear the expected result, the airline will expand operations to five weekly flights starting in July, and seven from 2011.

An A332 aircraft is used on the Seoul-Istanbul route. With 22 business class seats and 228 economy class seats, the plane boasts having among the world's longest spaces between seats ― 61 inches in business class and 33 inches in economy class.

The carrier's AVOD system offers Korean movies and music and provides Korean-style in-flight meals. "Bibimbap'' (rice mixed with assorted vegetable) and rice topped with stir-fried vegetable and beef are offered every other month. In business class, pan-fried squash, vegetable wrapped with beef and vinegar rice stuffed in fried bean curd are available apart from the main dishes.

The carrier also recently adopted an Internet check-in system so passengers with e-tickets may check-in at home and print their boarding pass.

Last April, Turkish Airlines joined Star Alliance, members of which are offered service to 965 destinations in 162 countries.

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Old February 3rd, 2009, 07:59 PM   #89
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KAL orders two more A380s

By Leithen Francis

Korean Air (KAL) has ordered two more Airbus A380s, increasing its commitment to the type to ten.

The SkyTeam Alliance carrier says in a statement today it has ordered two more A380s and one will be delivered in May 2014 and the other in June of that year.

It says the first eight already on order are to be delivered between 2010 and 2013. It ordered the first five in 2003 and ordered three more in 2008.

KAL says it plans to operate the A380s on its "highly trafficked long-haul routes such as Los Angeles, New York and Paris".

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Asiana Airlines wins ATW's 2009 Airline of the Year

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By ATW Staff
Air Transport World, February 2009, p.28

What makes a great airline? Perhaps it is industry-leading operating metrics, or customer service on the ground and in the air that consistently earns the highest accolades from experienced international travelers. Perhaps it is flight attendants giving their time to learn sleight-of-hand tricks to entertain young travelers, or staff spending their weekends helping with humanitarian projects across the globe. In the case of Asiana Airlines, ATW's 2009 Airline of the Year, it is these things and much more.

Much has happened to commercial aviation since Asiana came into being in February 1988. At the time, international air travel, particularly in the Asia/Pacific region, was characterized by strict bilateral regulation and dominated by the postwar national flag carriers, many of them state-owned or -supported. Today, the bilateral system is being replaced by open skies agreements and more new entrants have arisen to challenge the status quo. But one thing has not changed: The cream still rises. And when the first of its 737-400s took to the skies on Dec. 23, 1988, Asiana began a journey that has taken the South Korean carrier to the top.

Its rise has not been accompanied by a lot of fireworks. Beyond its native land it maintains a low profile. But quiet should not be mistaken for complacency. It has established a sterling reputation for safety and operational excellence, and the quality of its passenger service has earned it a place among the first tier of the world's airlines. And it has done so in a challenging competitive environment in which it has had to contend with a larger and better-known elder.

It currently serves 65 international destinations with 515 weekly frequencies and 12 domestic destinations with 489 weekly services. Its cargo fleet operates 56 weekly frequencies on 20 routes to 25 cities in 16 countries. It carried 13.1 million passengers last year.

At the heart of its success is a commitment to operating safely as spelled out in its Safety Policy: "Asiana Airlines' highest management priority is never compromising on safety." This is reinforced throughout its organizational structure. For example, the head of Safety Management reports directly to President and COO Young Doo Yoon.

The carrier has a Safety Management Team composed of safety managers of the six key divisions: Administration, Passenger, Cargo, Maintenance, Flight Operations and Service. The team reports weekly to the Safety Review Board consisting of the executive VPs of each division and chaired by Vice Chairman and CEO Chan Bup Park. When it comes to critical flight operations, the airline employs a host of ICAO-recommended tools and strategies to keep it at the leading edge of industry practice. It developed a Flight Operations Quality Assurance System and Asiana Airlines Safety Information System incorporating a Penalty Free Reporting System. It is also part of ICAO's Line Operations Safety Audit.

Asiana's safety focus pays dividends on the flightline. Reliability and turnback rates are well ahead of the world average for all aircraft types it operates. Its inflight shutdown rate is zero for all but the engines that power its 767s, but still ahead of the global average. These results have been attained, moreover, with high daily utilization rates for its fleet, which totaled 69 at year end comprising 13 747-400s (passenger, Combi and freighter), 10 777-200ERs, eight 767s (one a freighter), eight 737s, 24 A320s/A321s and six A330s. It holds orders for 30 A350s and options for 10 more, plus three 777-200ERs, two A320s and two A330s.

Helping matters is the fact that the fleet is among the youngest in the world with an average age of 7.7 years at the end of 2008, and the carrier claims to have been the first to receive ISO 9002 certification for aircraft maintenance.

Asiana also is a leader on the environmental front. In 1995 it became the first airline to obtain ISO 14001 (environmental management system) certification. It has a comprehensive program to curb emissions, and between 2004 and 2006 it increased ATKs by 7.6% while holding fuel consumption static. Use of engine washing saved 7,900 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2007-06 and a further 5,055 tons in the first nine months of 2008. Another example is the wastewater treatment at its Incheon hangar, where a 24-hr. TeleMetering system measures the density of pollutants that occur during maintenance to maintain discharge density at a level some 50% below the maximum allowed.

The company carries out a review of its environmental policy every year and encourages a culture of protecting the environment with its staff across the entire spectrum of airline activities. In cooperation with ANA it planted 500 Japanese black pine trees in south central Japan in November as part of a combined effort to reforest a wooded area devastated by insects. Last May it introduced a carbon offset program on its website.

Asiana recognized the importance of superior customer service as a competitive weapon very early in its existence. "Because we can't compete on frequency, the only way we can catch up is with better service," an official told this magazine back in 1991. That lesson has not been forgotten over the years and the carrier continues to win accolades from travelers and quality ratings organizations. It is one of only six airlines to hold a coveted 5-Star rating by Skytrax. Last month, readers of Business Traveler magazine voted its cabin staff and inflight services best in the world and it also was judged best overall in the world for customer service in the air, on the ground and at its call centers.

It completed an extensive upgrade of its cabin product on 747s, 777s and 767s last year with the latest generation of lie-flat beds, AVOD, SMS and e-mail capability via the IFE. Economy passengers also have AVOD, SMS and e-mail capability from their seats on the 747s and 777s. Satellite phone and fax capability is available to all passengers.

For passengers with limited mobility, Asiana has a dedicated check-in facility at Incheon and, going a significant step further, also offers those passengers the Han-Sarang Lounge especially designed for people with mobility issues. As would be expected from a country in love with mobile phones, it is on the front edge of technology with RFID for baggage for domestic flights, mobile/Web check-in and self-service kiosks at Gimpo, Incheon and Narita and 100% e-ticketing systemwide.

Well away from technology, some flight attendants attend sommelier courses in France and London, Cordon Bleu classes in Sydney and Ottawa and even a Hospitality Management Course at the University of Brighton in the UK. They also entertain passengers with magic tricks.

Although the current world financial crisis is challenging airlines around the globe, the impact on Asiana has been less than that on others, with a breakeven result expected for 2008. It earned $113.5 million in 2007 with EBIT of $183.2 million. Between 2004 and 2007 it posted aggregate earnings of $542 million as annual revenues rose from $2.88 billion to $3.89 billion. Asiana management's ability to combine operational excellence, a warm human touch and financial sustainability makes the carrier a standout for ATW's Airline of the Year Award for 2009.
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KAL orders six A330-200s

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Korean Air (KAL) has placed an order for six Airbus A330-200s which it plans to use for additional capacity.

A KAL spokesman in Seoul says the carrier today announced to the Korean stock exchange it has placed a firm order for six A330-200s for delivery from 2010 to 2013.

These aircraft are for additional capacity rather than to replace aircraft already in the fleet, he says.

KAL's Airbus passenger fleet today stands at 16 Airbus A330-300s, three A330-200s and eight Airbus A300-600s, he adds.

Until today it had no other A330s on order and the spokesman says he is unaware if the firm order for six includes options for more.

The spokesman declines to say what engine type will power the A330-200s on order but KAL's other A330s are powered by Pratt & Whitney.
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Korean Air Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By Kim Rahn
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For Korean Air, the last 40 years was the period when it emerged as one of the world's leading carriers from Korea's barely developed aviation industry. The next 10 years will be the period for it to maintain the top position and open the new era of air travel service.

Korean Air celebrated its 40th anniversary Monday and revealed its management plan for its 50th anniversary in 2019 along with a new slogan, "Beyond 40 Years of Excellence.''

"Forty years ago, we were short of everything, but we have developed Korean Air as it is now because we had a commitment to open the airway to Korean people,'' Chairman and CEO Cho Yang-ho said.

He said that Korean Air is now a successful carrier that many airlines want to benchmark.

"We will have 2009, the 40th year of the foundation, as the first year for a new start. By the 50th anniversary, Korean Air will be a true global leader in the airline industry, a carrier that people from all over the world want to take,'' Cho said.

Last 40 Years

The 40 years of Korean Air's history is the history of Korea's civil aviation.

Privatized from the state-run Korean Air Lines in 1969, Korean Air started with eight small airplanes. In the 1970s, it opened routes to America, Europe and the Middle East, helping the nation's industrial development. The carrier was designated as the official carrier of the Seoul Olympic Games in the 1980s.

In the 1990s, it launched operations to Beijing and Moscow, opening the market to communist countries that had been closed for decades. In the 2000s, Korean Air led the establishment of airline alliance SkyTeam.

Over the 40 years, the number of annual passengers skyrocketed to about 21 million from 700,000; the volume of cargo, to 1.6 million tons from 3,000 tons; operating revenue, 10 trillion won from 3.6 billion won; the number of aircrafts, to 130 from eight; and the number of cities which it operates to, to 116 from 11.

Next 10 Years

By 2019, the airline aims to gain 25 trillion won in operating revenue and 2.5 trillion won in operating profit. It also aims for 20 million international passengers annually and become one of the top 10 carriers in the passenger field, and 2.5 million tons in cargo to retain the first ranking title for 15 consecutive years.

Pursuant to its goals, Korean Air will adopt next-generation aircrafts _ 10 A380 super jumbo jets, 10 B787 aircrafts, and 36 other state-of-the-art planes, including B737NGs and B777-300ERs _ for a fleet of 180. Upgraded cabins with wider seats and larger personal monitors will also be introduced.

The carrier will expand its networks to Central Asia, Northern Europe, South America and Africa.

In logistics-related projects, Korean Air is helping Navoi Airport in Uzbekistan upgrade facilities. It will lease two freighters to Uzbekistan Airways for five years, helping the airline open a cargo market between Europe and Southeast Asia. Hanjin, Korean Air's parent company, will also have a limited partnership with Uzbek's ground transport company, Central Asia Trans, to form a ground logistics network in Central Asia.

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Korean Air 777-300ER to New York from Jun 09

As per GDS timetable display on 10MAR09, Korean Air will be introducing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the Seoul - New York JFK KE081/082 service, 3 times a week.

Service operates on Day 357, starting 03JUN09. Daily service from 01SEP09.

HOWEVER, First Class service on 77W is currently not on sale
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Korean Air "Memory of Flights" on LAX service

Korean Air since 16MAR09 has started a special "Memory of Flights" service, which the flight attendants onboard KE017 Los Angeles - Seoul service wearing the airlines' 11 versions of uniform since 1969.

This is part of the airline's 40th anniversary celebration and will last until 15APR09. The airline also plans similar service on selected dates and flights to Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore...etc.

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China Southern expands Korean Air codesharing

China Southern from 27APR09 will expand its codeshare agreement with Korean Air on selected cities from China to/from Seoul.

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Seoul Incheon - Beijing
Beijing - Seoul Incheon

Seoul Incheon - Changsha
Changsha - Seoul Incheon

Seoul Incheon - Dalian
Dalian - Seoul Incheon

Seoul Incheon - Guangzhou
Guangzhou - Seoul Incheon

Seoul Incheon - Shanghai Pu Dong
Shanghai Pu Dong - Seoul Incheon

Seoul Incheon - Shenyang
Shenyang - Seoul Incheon
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Asiana Airlines Emergency landing at Sea-Tac

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SEATAC, Wash. – An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777, that witnesses say had flames shooting from an engine, made a safe emergency landing at Sea-Tac Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Video showed the jet circling over Puget Sound, dumping fuel for several minutes, before landing on the center runway at about 3:35 p.m., using just one engine.

Michael Trowell of Federal Way reported hearing “boom, boom, boom” and then seeing flames intermittently sputtering from one of the jet's two engines.

"It came over my house," Trowell said. "It was very low and my wife called me outside and as I looked out I saw the plane pass overhead. There was flames shooting out of the left engine, bursts of flame not a constant stream, and then small explosions."

"It was a boom, boom, but kind of like big footsteps almost,” witness Kyla Huckabay said.

“The left engine, every time it made the sound, would flame. And it did it the whole time across the area I was able to observe,” said Phil Strange of Federal Way.

Asiana Airlines Flight 271 left Sea-Tac Airport at 2:25 p.m., bound for Seoul, South Korea with 176 passengers and 16 crew members on board

“So they were taking off to the south. My understanding is that they turned to the north just before they reached Tacoma,” said Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper.

The 777, which has the world’s largest jet engines, still had one good engine to fly on.

Passengers described the takeoff as normal, but minutes later, they heard a “thunk, thunk, thunk” sound.

“So we turned around and started heading back to Sea-Tac and then we turned around again. And I said ‘Geez. Why are they getting rid of all the fuel?’ The landing really was fine,” said one passenger.

Fuel had to be dumped to make the plane lighter for landing.

“They just said there was a problem with the engine. I don't even know. I heard people getting phone calls from family saying that we were on the news,” said another.

Passengers say nobody panicked.

“We were sitting on the wing. It was scary. It's nice to be back on the ground,” said another passenger.

The passengers were being held at a customs gate because it was an international flight, although it never left the country. An airline spokesperson says some of them will be rebooked onto another flight Thursday.

Cooper says it's unclear what might have caused the engine failure. Mechanics on the ground immediately began looking for the cause. The National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate.

FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said there were no major delays for other flights.

The 777 has been in commercial service since 1995. It's one of the world's safest and most reliable jets, but pilots are trained for every conceivable situation. The plane must be certified to fly and even take off on one engine.

The Department of Ecology confirms several reports of a jet fuel-like substance hitting the ground and water. Jet fuel is much like lighter fluid. By the time it hits the ground, it easily washes off.

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Hawaiian/Korean to expand codeshare' eyes own svc to Korea
Hawaiian Airlines and Korean Air last week filed an application seeking permission for expanded codeshare agreement.

Starting as early as 15JUN09, Hawaiian will display its "HA" code on the following Korean Air's routes.

Honolulu - Seoul
Seoul - Busan
Seoul - Nagoya
Seoul - Osaka
Seoul - Tokyo
Seoul - Hanoi
Seoul - Ho Chi Minh
Seoul - Bangkok
Seoul - Kuala Lumpur

It also appears that Hawaiian Air plans its own service to Seoul as the application mentioned "Korean will place its KE* designator code on flights by Hawaiian once Hawaiian commences service to Korea."
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Korean Air new inventory code on 777-300ER

As per Korean Air's inventory display, the airline is using the letter-code "R" and "J" class to represent the new generation First Class and Business Class (instead of "P" and "C") on its Boeing 777-300ER fleet.

The 777-300ER is entering service with the airline on 02JUN09 on Seoul - Ho Chi Minh (but inventory code remains F and C) and then 03JUN09 Seoul - New York JFK.

http://cafe.naver.com/aviationphoto/11420


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Korean Air Introduces Upgraded Cabin

By Kim Rahn
Staff Reporter

Korean Air has unveiled its new aircraft and next-generation cabin amenities.

The carrier presented the state-of-the-art B777-300ER, the first plane to be equipped with premium Kosmo Suites seats in first class, Prestige Sleeper in business class and New Economy in economy class, at Incheon International Airport Monday.

The new aircraft had its first flight Wednesday on the Seoul-New York route.

The upgrading of the seats and in-flight entertainment system was part of the airline's various projects designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary.

The new seats are designed for maximum relaxation. Kosmo Suites seats represent luxurious travel and cost 250 million won per seat. In wood color, it brings a touch of nature to the cabin. The 180-degree lie-flat seat is 15.3 centimeters wider than Korean Air's previous first-class seat.

The Prestige Sleeper seat is the nation's first 180-degree lie-flat seat in business class, giving customers comfort usually offered in other carriers' first class. The space between front and back seats is 66 centimeters wider than previously. Seat partitions were enlarged to offer more privacy.

The ergonomically designed New Economy seat has a slimmer seat back to secure more leg space. The bottom cushion slides forward when the seat is reclined in order to minimize discomfort to the passenger sitting behind.

Besides the seats, the audio and video on demand (AVOD) system has been upgraded with wider screens and better technology.

The screen on Kosmo Suites seat was enlarged by 41.9 centimeters to 58.4 centimeters, while that on Prestige Sleeper, by 22.6 centimeters to 39.1 centimeters, and that on New Economy, by 5.6 centimeters to 26.9 centimeters.

Korean Air flight attendants provide service to passengers on newly adopted Kosmo Suites seat in first class.
With 16:9 screens, both handset and touch-screen controls are available. The CPU and memory of the AVOD system were upgraded to match the latest computer hardware for high-resolution video quality, along with increased network speed. Besides movies and music, the programs include Incheon airport connection information, news, games and an aircraft exterior view.

Along with the new aircraft, Korean Air will replace the tableware of economy class with lighter, bright-green one. The tableware in first and business classes were already changed in 2005. For a more comfortable cabin environment, various color lightings will be available in different flight stages.

Korean Air plans to install the new seats on all its 96 mid- and long-range aircrafts by 2014.

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The new seats look nice! I'm taking Korean Air's new 777-300ER this July from JFK-ICN when I go to the Philippines! Can't wait.

Are there pictures of the new economy class???
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