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Old June 22nd, 2007, 11:47 PM   #1
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 11:58 PM   #2
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FLYING TO THE DEEP SOUTH
Delta Airlines connects Incheon to Atlanta

One of the Big Four of the US airline industry, Delta’s recent upsurge from its dramatic recovery from the brink of bankruptcy has led the US carrier to Korea, in the form of four weekly flights from Atlanta, Georgia (US) to
Incheon International Airport.

The route will be serviced by 250-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which will take off from Incheon at 5:40 PM (Korean Time) and arrive Atlanta at 6:25 PM (EST). The return flight from Atlanta will take off at 11:40 AM (EST) and land in Incheon at 3:25 PM (Korean Time) the following day.

Beginning of flight services by Delta into Incheon International Airport is likely to stimulate increases in tourism and business between Korea and the US, not to mention greatly increased convenience for travelers starting their journey in Incheon, given Atlanta’s status as a hub for flights from the US to countries in South America.

Mr. Jung Joon, the head of IIAC’s Hub Strategy Division, described the inaugural flight by such a large airline as Delta as the result of IIAC’s “strident, continuing efforts to bring in foreign airlines into Incheon International Airport.” He also held out great hope for the new route, as it
would increase the already significant numbers of passengers transferring through Incheon International Airport, as it would become the hub for taking passengers from China or Japan directly into southern US.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 09:47 PM   #3
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AVIATION EDUCATION
ACI establishes Training Center at Incheon
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Having solidified its position as Northeast Asia’s aviation hub, perhaps it is only fair that Incheon International Airport become the hub for educating future professionals of the industry in the region.

Incheon International Airport is expected to become the premier academy for aviation professionals following the signing of an agreement with Airports Council International to create the ACI-GTH (Global Training Hub)
Training Center within the grounds at Incheon International Airport.

The agreement makes Incheon International Airport the fifth airport with ACI-GTH, after Dubai, Malaysia, and other Asian airports. The center at IIAC will be responsible for education in airport operations and management for staff from member airports in East Asian countries including China, Japan, Mongolia, and Cambodia.

The training center will be a joint effort. Lecturers, education programs, and
recruitment of students would be the ACI’s responsibility, while IIAC will be tasked with maintaining the facilities and managing the student body. A given session at the center will involve training for 150 students at IIAC’s CS Academy over five to six lectures in such areas as Airport Information Technology, Human Resources Management, Airport Security for Major Events, and others.

ACI-GTH is a program facilitated by Airports Council International world headquarters, which designates member airports in respective continents as training centers for education of staff from other member airports in the region in such specialized areas as airport transportation, airport planning/construction, human resources management, IT in airports, and airport security. The overall purpose is to expand the pool of professional talent for the growing world airports industry.

Mr. Jaehee Lee, President & CEO of IIAC, wholeheartedly welcomed the new
arrangement, stating that it would not only allow Incheon International Airport to form a global human network as a result of exchange with other airports, it would also give IIAC an opportunity to advertise to foreign students/staff IIAC’s superior facilities and operational know-how that made the Incheon International Airport the world’s best airport two years in a row, resulting in residual benefits such as more consulting contracts from other airports.

The agreement will no doubt coincide neatly with the opening of IIAC’s new Human Resources Development Center in the first half of 2008, bolstering Incheon International Airport’s to become a world-class institution for professional training in aviation.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #4
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S. Korea's Incheon City Pushes for Launch of Budget Airline

SEOUL, June 26 Asia Pulse - South Korea's second-largest port city, Incheon, plans to set up a special purpose company this year to launch a discount regional airline based in the city by 2010, municipal officials said Tuesday.

The municipal authorities in the port city, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, will set up the special purpose company with domestic airlines or any other investors that are able to meet the license requirements set by the nation's government for regular air passenger transportation, it said.

A regular air passenger transportation operator in South Korea must have more than five jetliners equipped with more than two jet engines and any kind of 150-seat passenger aircraft, as well as a minimum paid-in capital of 20 billion won (US$21.6 million).

"We are considering providing investors that want to participate in the launch of the regional air carrier with tax benefits in addition to financing," said Lee Sang-wook, a city official.

The envisioned regional airline plans to offer short- and mid-haul international flights between Incheon International Airport, the nation's main gateway near Incheon, and Japan, the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Qingdao and Beijing and some cities in Russia.

The municipal government will form an advisory panel on July 9 which consisting of about 10 aviation experts to make arrangements for the launch of the low-cost carrier, it said.

Earlier this month, Korean Air Co., the larger of South Korea's two flag carriers, announced it will establish a low-fare carrier by 2010 to boost its competitiveness.

The nation's two budget airlines, Hansung Airlines and Jeju Air Co., have been operating flights on domestic routes since 2005.

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Old June 26th, 2007, 07:17 PM   #5
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Third Budget Airliner to Debut

By Kim Rahn
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Another regional carrier is preparing to start flying in the first half of next year.

Yeongnam Air, a small-sized airline based in the Yeongnam area _ North and South Gyeongsang Province regions including Busan and Daegu _ announced Tuesday that it has signed a contract with a Dutch aircraft maker for its source of jetliners.

It is the first time for a regional carrier in Korea to operate jets. Korea already has two regional, budget airlines _ Jeju Air and Hansung Airlines _ and both of them operate turboprop aircraft.

The carrier, which was launched last December, plans to obtain a license for irregular operations soon, receive an air operator's certificate by the end of this year, and launch its first flight around February 2008.

Its operations will cover the Busan-Incheon and Busan-Jeju routes.

Yeongnam Air plans to adopt two to three Fokker-100 airplanes from the Dutch company Fokker in the latter half of this year, and more planes next year.

The Fokker-100, a medium-sized jetliner with 109 seats, is good at landing and taking off in bad visibility and resistant against bad weather, a Yeongnam Air official said.

The carrier has sent Fokker-100 maintenance experts to the Netherlands for the contract. It has also signed contracts with Fokker-100 maintenance agencies in Europe and Asia to ensure machine parts supply.

``Our image set will be somewhat different from low-budget carriers Jeju Air and Hansung Airlines which focus mainly on low cost. We'll offer more comfortable and enjoyable air travel, such as providing more room for passengers by reducing the number of seats from 109 to 80,'' he said.

The carrier plans to set the airfare at a price lower than that of the national flag carriers _ Korean Air and Asiana Airlines _ but provide services comparable to them.

It also plans to operate regular flights and become the main carrier in the Yeongnam area.
For the scheme, the airline will recruit 150 workers including pilots, engineers, cabin crew and office workers. The recruitment announcement can be seen at its Web site www.ynair.co.kr, and those from the Yeongnam region will enjoy preferential treatment.

The airline will also move its headquarters to expand its office and establish a branch office in Daegu.

``Passengers based in Gyeongsang area have been inconvenienced as the nation's air traffic is centered in Seoul and Incheon. We'll provide service with Busan as our main hub,'' the official said.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 07:26 PM   #6
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Foreign Carriers Oppose Incheon’s Gate Rearrangement Plan



By Kim Rahn
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Incheon International Airport Corporation’s move to rearrange airport facilities ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has faced backlash from foreign carriers, which claim the rearrangement is disadvantageous to them.

The Airline Operators Committee (AOC), an organization of airlines operating at the airport, decided to oppose the rearrangement plan during a meeting of airline representatives last week.

Currently, a total of 47 foreign carriers operate in Incheon.

The dispute began on April 12 when the corporation reported the rearrangement of check-in counters and contact gates to carriers. A contact gate is where planes load or unload passengers and cargo.

Currently, Asiana Airlines use the eastern part of the terminal, while Korean Air uses the central part and foreign carriers, the western part. The terminal has 41 contact gates.

In July next year, a satellite concourse with 30 contact gates will open. The airport authority plans to place Korean Air at the eastern end of the terminal and Asiana at the western end, and foreign carriers to the new concourse, which will be about 900 meters away from the current terminal.

An automated train will link the terminal and concourse, which will take about 2 minutes, according to a corporation official.

But foreign carriers are refusing to move to the concourse, claiming that leaving the two Korean carriers at the existing terminal is not fair.

They say passengers will have to move an additional 2 to 3 kilometers from the immigration procedure to the boarding gate compared to the current locations. They presume it will take an additional 10 minutes for passengers to take their baggage, claiming travelers will avoid using foreign carriers.

Some airlines’ headquarters sent an official written opposition to the airport authority, claiming it has not had enough discussion with them in advance.

Regarding the opposition, the corporation said it did not discriminate foreign airlines but only considered the carriers’ transportation volume.

``The total number of contact gates will be 71, and the 41 at the current terminal will be 60 percent. And the two Korean carriers take up some 60 percent of the total volume at Incheon, so we planned to place them at the terminal and others at the satellite concourse. If foreign airlines account for more ratio, we would place some of them at the terminal,’’ the official said.

He said the decision was designed for balanced arrangement and for passengers’ convenience. ``We cannot apply the same standard to the arrangement, such as drawing lots, between large carriers that operate dozens of planes a day and small carriers that operate one or two weekly flights.’’

The official said the corporation did have discussion with carriers about the issue, collecting their opinions and suggestions since last July.

``At the time of discussion, the AOC said the corporation should give incentives to airlines that would move to the concourse. So we proposed a discount for the boarding bridge fee by 10 percent, about 6,400 won per flight, for three years,’’ he said.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #7
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Maglev Train to Debut at Incheon in 2012

Maglev Train to Debut at Incheon in 2012


Magnetic levitation train built by ROTEM

By Cho Jin-seo
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Korea's first commercial magnetic train line will be built at the Incheon International Airport complex by 2012, the Ministry of Construction and Transportation said Tuesday.

The magnetic levitation train, or Maglev, will run afloat on a 6.1-kilometer track that will link the airport and Yongyu business and tourism district, at a maximum speed of 110 kilometers per hour.

The construction will begin in 2009 and test runs will kick off in 2012, before the line is handed over to the city government for commercial operation. If the first-phase operation proves to be a success, the line will then be extended to a 37.4-kilometer lap around the reclaimed island, according to the blueprint drawn by Incheon city government.

``The construction of the magnetic levitation train line means that South Korea will develop eco-friendly, high-tech means of transportation with its own technology and own capital. We will also be able to export the technology,'' the ministry said in a statement.

Maglev trains use electromagnetic force to float a few inches above the ground. As there is no physical friction except air resistance, they can achieve high speeds without creating as much noise and vibration as traditional wheeled transportation does.

Currently, China's Shanghai and Japan's Aichi prefecture are operating commercial magnetic lines.

Shanghai Maglev runs at a maximum speed of 430 kilometers per hour on a 30-kilometer track between Pudong International Airport and Shanghai city center. Aichi operates a slower, urban-type Maglev that covers 8.9 kilometers at a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

Incheon was selected in a four-way bid with Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. The planned construction cost for the 6.1-kilometer line is 414 billion won. The central government will shoulder about 60 percent of the budget, while Incheon City and the Incheon International Airport Corp., will pay the rest.

Korea's ROTEM has been developing and testing the train at a test track located in Daejeon since 1997. The ministry said the magnetic train line could be more cost-efficient than conventional lines since there is less wear and tear of wheels and railroads. And the lower noise level means that it would be an optimal transport for highly populated areas, it said.

Many countries, including Germany, Britain and Japan, have been developing the technology for decades but economic and political barriers have hindered the technology's commercialization in most cases.

Safety has also remained as a concern, though Maglevs, in theory, are believed to be safer than conventional trains. Last September, 23 people died when a magnetic train crashed while it was going at nearly 200 kilometers per hour at a test track in Germany. But the train's operator said the accident had been caused by human error, not by a technical glitch.

China is so far the most active nation in adopting magnetic train lines. It is to extend the German-built line between Pudong Airport and the city of Shanghai initially by some 35 kilometers to Hong Qiao Airport before 2010 and in an additional phase by 200 kilometers to the city of Hangzhou.

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Old June 27th, 2007, 07:01 AM   #8
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Finnair to open Seoul route next year
26 June 2007

HELSINKI (Thomson Financial) - Finnair said it will launch direct flights from Helsinki to Seoul from June 2008, operating the route five times a week with Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

The carrier said it would be the only airline offering non-stop flights between Northern Europe and the South Korean capital.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #9
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26 June 2007

HELSINKI (Thomson Financial) - Finnair said it will launch direct flights from Helsinki to Seoul from June 2008, operating the route five times a week with Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

The carrier said it would be the only airline offering non-stop flights between Northern Europe and the South Korean capital.
Finally getting some Northern European Airline to serve Incheon. Good news!!!
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Old June 27th, 2007, 04:31 PM   #10
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Wow! Seoul-Incheon International Airport is getting lots of new developments these days. Now, the most puzzling question is, why can't Tokyo, the world's wealthiest metropolitan area, build an airport similar to this. I mean, this piece of infrastructure is far more superior to Narita International Airport.

Btw, how many runways will Seoul-Incheon International Airport have in its final phase? Five?
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Old June 27th, 2007, 05:26 PM   #11
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I'm not 100% sure but I think the Tokyo Airport is already at its maximum capacity and isn't building up capacity any longer because of the lack of room.
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Wow! Seoul-Incheon International Airport is getting lots of new developments these days. Now, the most puzzling question is, why can't Tokyo, the world's wealthiest metropolitan area, build an airport similar to this. I mean, this piece of infrastructure is far more superior to Narita International Airport.

Btw, how many runways will Seoul-Incheon International Airport have in its final phase? Five?
I think when everything is complete, it will have 4 runways, 2 on each side of the terminals.

Regarding Narita, they just finished upgrading terminal One for All Nippon and Star Alliance member. Terminal Two was built in the late 80s (I think) and is well maintained and in good shape. Narita also has problems with local farmers and private land-owner not giving up their land for any expansions.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 10:47 PM   #13
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Where can I find photos of Incheon airport? I saw a thread about best airports a while back that featured some great photos, but I can't find it now. Bizarre.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 05:09 PM   #14
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Here's some pictures I found from their Annual Report from 04 and 05.


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Early picture of the construction site of the new terminal

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you can see how they connect, the last stop (gyeyang) on the sky blue colored line in the big subway map below is the same as above will branch out to both the incheon international airport and the gimpo domestic airport which will connect to Seoul station where you can catch the KTX as well
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Thanks. Really one of the best. Only 2 or 3 others in the world compare.
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It seems like every picture of the airport was taken before 2003. The satellite concourse is nearly complete and they have been building the third runway for quite some time, does anyone have photos of these?

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Hidden Amenities at Incheon International Airport

By Kim Rahn
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Every day Incheon International Airport handles about 80,000 passengers, 600arriving and departing flights, 7,000 tons of cargo, and more than 30,000 staff who work around the clock _ it is like a small city, as claimed in the soap opera ``Air City.''

The drama features incidents at Incheon International Airport, thus revealing every corner of the huge facility which ordinary passengers never see.

Some of the areas of the airport that are used in the soap opera are staff-only zones and others are tucked-away areas that most travelers have not been informed about.

For a short rest

After enjoying shopping at duty free shops, passengers get tired even before starting their trip _ the airport stretches 1 kilometer from east to west.

First class passengers are not the only ones who can use lounges: communications companies provide resting places for their members.

Those with SK Telecom's Leaders' Club card, TTL VIP or ting VIP cards, or KTF's membership cards can relax at the company lounges located on the fourth floor as well as enjoy snacks and drinks. Internet access and magazines are also available.

For a long rest

Your plane is delayed or you have a lengthy stopover time, and you need sleep.

The transit hotel ``Air Garden'' is on the fourth floor. The majority of the guests are Russians who arrive from the U.S. and are catching a connecting flight to Russia the following morning, according to a staff member of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, operator of Air Garden.

The hotel rate is 45,000 won excluding tax for six hours.

If you don't want to pay for a rest, you can use chairs in the terminal.

If you are searching for a quiet place to sleep, go to the fourth floor where few passengers visit. Passengers can also take a long rest at prayer rooms equipped with chairs and floor cushions. A sign there says, ``You cannot use this room for a purpose other than religious activity.'' Well, people sometimes fall asleep during prayer.

For washing and relaxation

A sauna on the first basement is available 24 hours. The price is 10,000 won during daytime and 15,000 won at night including a sleeping room. Visitors can also get a haircut and have their shoes shined.

You can also use a shower room at a massage center on the fourth floor for 8,000 won per 30 minutes. The center provides a 70-minute aroma massage for 120,000 won and a 50-minute body and foot massage for 60,000 won.

The majority of customers at the hair salon on the first basement level are newlyweds who come to the airport immediately after their wedding. There you can have your hair trimmed for around 30,000 won.

Other amenities

A nursery equipped with toys and a television is located near Gate 29.

Passengers can deposit their belongings in a locker near the nursery after obtaining locker keys using ID cards as a deposit.

There is a medical center on the first basement level. It provides treatment as well as consultation about foreign diseases and it opened a jetlag clinic last year.

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Does anybody know more about Korean Air's planned flights between Seoul and Johannesburg, South Africa? When it'll start, aircraft type and frequency?
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