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Old July 29th, 2007, 09:16 AM   #41
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Pacific Pearl Airways inaugurated July 27.

Pacific Pearl Airways (PPA) was inaugurated by Philippine President Macapagal on Friday, July 27. The airline will fly from SOUTH KOREA to destinations in the Philippines such as Subic, Manila, Kalibo, Cebu City and Davao City.

Photos of PPA's ferry flight including a few shots taken by the ferry crew from California to Subic may be viewed at http://www.pbase.com/philippineaviation/root . Click on the first photo on the upper left to access the gallery of PPA photos.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 06:08 PM   #42
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Racing Towards a Magnetic Future
Incheon-Yeongjong area selected as showcase area for Korea s first Maglev service



Magnetic levitation trains are the ultimate in railway transport, and Incheon will be the first city in Korea to operate this futuristic mode of transportation.

Incheon beat out three other Korean cities (Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon) in the competition to become the showcase city for the Urban Magnetic Levitation Train Project, overseen by the Ministry of Construction and Transportation and conducted by Korea Institute for Construction&Technology Evaluation and Planning, with Yeongjong Island and areas around Incheon International Airport slated as the site of the nation s first operational magnetic levitation railway line.

After the Japanese city of Nagoya, Incheon will be second city in the world to build a low speed maglev line, which follows a course running 6.1 kilometers from Incheon Airport Transportation Center, through the International Business Area, and ending at Yongyu on Yeongjong Island. Plans for the maglev line will be drawn up by next year, which puts the date of the completion of the line at 2011, with test runs to begin in 2012. The second stage construction will extend the line by another 9.7 kilometers through the Incheon Asian Game yachting course to Ulwangri beach by 2014, eventually culminating in the full 37.4-kilometer railway that encircles the entire Yeongjong Island.

There were two major considerations behind selection of Incheon, and especially the Yeongjong area. Incheon International Airport status as the gateway to Korea as well as its high-tech image was deemed ideal for showing off progress Korea will make in the creation of a maglev train system, resulting in increased competitiveness and stature not just for Incheon International Airport, but the Republic of Korea itself. There was also the fact the Incheon International Airport possesses accumulated experience in construction and operation of advanced railway systems in the form of its automated, intra-airport transit system, IIAC Starline? therefore increasing the likelihood of efficient operation.

Magnetic levitation trains literally floats on a cushion of electromagnetic field without the train actually touching the railway, reducing noise associated with rail travel as well as unhealthy dust, and its ability to turn corners and curved lines deftly provides great advantage for urban rail transport.

This next-generation transportation built in and around Incheon International Airport is expected to generate additional for travelers and transfer passengers, not to mention economic value, and last but not least, increasing Incheon International Airport's competitive edge in its bid to become the logistical hub of Northeast Asia.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 08:20 PM   #43
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Korean Air Expands Chinese Codeshare Agreements



Starting this coming IATA Winter Season, which begins October 28, Korean Air will expand its codeshare services with China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, to include all routes connecting Korea and mainland China operated by both Korean Air and either of the two Chinese carriers.

Korean Air and China Southern have a codeshare relationship since August 2004 on one route, between Incheon and Shenyang. From October, this will be expanded to all flights on the following eight routes: Incheon ~ Shenyang, Incheon ~ Beijing, Incheon ~ Shanghai, Incheon ~ Guangzhou, Incheon ~ Dalian, Incheon ~ Changsha, Incheon ~ Yanji and Incheon ~ Zhengzhou.

Codesharing between Korean Air and China Eastern began in November 1996, but the scope of cooperation has been limited to two regional routes, Busan ~ Shanghai and Cheongju ~ Shanghai. This too will be augmented to a total of 14 routes: Incheon ~ Beijing, Incheon ~ Shanghai, Incheon ~ Qingtao, Incheon ~ Weihei, Incheon ~ Yantai, Incheon ~ Sanya, Incheon ~ Changsha, Incheon ~ Kunming, Incheon ~ Wuhan, Incheon ~ Tunxi, Busan ~ Shanghai, Cheongju ~ Shanghai, Kwangju ~ Shanghai, Jeju ~ Beijing.

The massive expansion will allow travelers to reach most of the major destinations in China with more ease. For example on the Incheon ~ Shanghai route, Korean Air's three-daily operations will be supplemented with seven more flights each day - five operated by China Eastern and two by China Southern - to make 10 flights per day for Korean Air customers. Similarly on the Incheon ~ Beijing route, seven China Eastern flights and 14 China Southern flights will be added to Korean Air's existing 18 flights per week, making a total of 39 different schedules available for customers headed to or from China's capital.

Last year, Korean Air proclaimed China as its second home market. Putting substance to this claim, eight of the 17 new routes inaugurated in 2006 were bound for China. (Incheon ~ Yantai, Weihei, Guangzhou, Dalian, Shenzhen, Yanji, Changsha and Busan ~ Beijing) It is expected that the aviation market in China, where the 2008 Olympic Games will be hosted, will see tremendous growth in terms of both passenger and freight. There is also a bilateral agreement between Korea and China to gradually open skies between the two countries.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 01:25 AM   #44
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IIAC Rearranges Location of Airlines for 2nd Terminal



IIAC President & CEO, Mr. Jaehee Lee, met with Chairman Kim Sun-gi of the Airlines Administration Committee, the representative organization of all carriers in Incheon International Airport, on last July 26th and agreed to a complete rearrangement of the location of the airlines in concert with the expected completion of the second stage of construction in June 2008.

In accordance with the agreement, carriers that will be positioned in check-in counters on the east side of the new terminal will all be members of the SkyTeam, which includes: Korean Air, Air France, China Southern Airlines, Northwest Airlines, KLM Dutch Airlines, and Aeroflot. Member airlines of the Star Alliance will be using the western check-in counter, which includes: Asiana Airlines, Thai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, United Airlines, All Nippon Airlines, Lufthansa, Air China, and Shanghai Airlines. The remaining carriers will be located to check-in counters in the center. As for the boarding gates, the ones on the east will mainly be used by Korean Air, ones on the west by Asiana, and the other terminal by foreign carriers. In addition, lounges and offices will be located as close as possible to the new check-in counters and concourse location, in accordance with the switch.

The rearrangement is a part of Incheon International s efforts to adjust to the rapidly rising air travel demand by efficient use of the second stage facilities, which will increase airport capacity by 50-70%. The measure will maximize convenience for both travelers and airlines by synchronizing movement of travelers with airline operation patterns.

In cases where airlines will be forced to move their offices or lounges as a result of the rearrangement scheme, IIAC plans to offer discounts in rent or usage fees for boarding bridges to defray the costs required for their movement as much as possible.

The smooth resolution of year long negotiations between IIAC and the airlines following the announcement of rearrangement plans in August 2006 means that positioning of and upgrades for passenger facilities in the new terminal will proceed more expeditiously.

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Old August 30th, 2007, 04:43 PM   #45
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Incheon Int'l Airport security rated 'excellent'

Korea's airport facilities and airplanes have been evaluated as conforming to international security standards, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) under the Construction and Transportation Ministry of Korea said Sunday (July 29).

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from July 9 to 18 conducted a security evaluation of Incheon International Airport and seven airlines on Korea-U.S. routes -- Korean Air, Asiana, Northwest, United, Singapore, Delta and Continental.

The results proved that Korea's air safety is "Excellent" and befitting global standards, a CASA official said.

The assessment was based upon security standards released by the Convention on International Civil Aviation. It included such criteria as the government's air safety plan, passenger safety, luggage security, admission control at the airport and airport emergency operations.

The U.S. started the security evaluations of international airports and airlines after a U.S.-based Trans World Airlines jet was hijacked by two Lebanese Shiite gunmen in 1985. The airplane was flying from Athens-to-Rome with 104 Americans aboard.

The check-up also dealt with the control of explosive liquid material and the efficiency of the Korean government's security-related agencies.

Busan-based Gimhae International Airport, which is serviced by Northwest Airlines, also received a "very good" in a similar security assessment by the TSA last year.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 07:33 PM   #46
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One of the most stunning airports in the world. Way to go, Seoul!!!
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Old August 31st, 2007, 02:03 PM   #47
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IIAC Rearranges Location of Airlines for 2nd Terminal



IIAC President & CEO, Mr. Jaehee Lee, met with Chairman Kim Sun-gi of the Airlines Administration Committee, the representative organization of all carriers in Incheon International Airport, on last July 26th and agreed to a complete rearrangement of the location of the airlines in concert with the expected completion of the second stage of construction in June 2008.

In accordance with the agreement, carriers that will be positioned in check-in counters on the east side of the new terminal will all be members of the SkyTeam, which includes: Korean Air, Air France, China Southern Airlines, Northwest Airlines, KLM Dutch Airlines, and Aeroflot. Member airlines of the Star Alliance will be using the western check-in counter, which includes: Asiana Airlines, Thai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, United Airlines, All Nippon Airlines, Lufthansa, Air China, and Shanghai Airlines. The remaining carriers will be located to check-in counters in the center. As for the boarding gates, the ones on the east will mainly be used by Korean Air, ones on the west by Asiana, and the other terminal by foreign carriers. In addition, lounges and offices will be located as close as possible to the new check-in counters and concourse location, in accordance with the switch.

The rearrangement is a part of Incheon International s efforts to adjust to the rapidly rising air travel demand by efficient use of the second stage facilities, which will increase airport capacity by 50-70%. The measure will maximize convenience for both travelers and airlines by synchronizing movement of travelers with airline operation patterns.

In cases where airlines will be forced to move their offices or lounges as a result of the rearrangement scheme, IIAC plans to offer discounts in rent or usage fees for boarding bridges to defray the costs required for their movement as much as possible.

The smooth resolution of year long negotiations between IIAC and the airlines following the announcement of rearrangement plans in August 2006 means that positioning of and upgrades for passenger facilities in the new terminal will proceed more expeditiously.
this one i don't get at all. does that mean that there would be check-in counters in the 1st satellite concourse? if it does, what's the sense of the check-in counters in the main terminal?
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:53 PM   #48
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this one i don't get at all. does that mean that there would be check-in counters in the 1st satellite concourse? if it does, what's the sense of the check-in counters in the main terminal?
From my knowledge, there isn't a check-in counters in the satellite terminal. I think they were saying that airlines check-in counter locations would be reassign to reflect the change in their borading gate locations.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 09:48 PM   #49
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Airlines Adding Flights for Chuseok Holidays



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Airlines and travel agencies are looking forward to Chuseok, the traditional Korean Thanksgiving holiday when many people travel abroad.

Korean Air said Tuesday it would increase service on the Incheon-Guam route during the holidays. Korean Air will add an extra daily flight to Guam from Sept. 21 to 24, bringing its total to two flights a day. In addition, it plans to mobilize 26 chartered planes for ten routes including Europe (Vienna, Istanbul), Southeast Asia (Phuket) and Japan (Osaka, Fukuoka).

Asiana Airlines is also planning to increase flights for Chuseok. It will fly 14 chartered planes to Japan (from Incheon to Narita, Sapporo and Haneda) in response to passenger demand. An Asiana official said, "We want to add as many international flights as we can, but we also have to add intensive service on domestic routes for passengers heading home to celebrate Chuseok with their families."

According to travel agency Hanatour Service, some 30,222 Koreans were booked to travel abroad during the Chuseok holiday week (Sept. 21 to 27) as of Aug. 28, an increase of 13.4 percent from last year.

The number of tourists heading overseas for the top three days of the holiday (Sept. 21 to 23) is 22,379, more than the 16,411 tourists who left the country on the summer holidays of July 27 to 29.

A Hanatour official said, "The total number of tourists is growing annually, but the proportion of tourists who go abroad in July and August is declining. There is no longer any difference between the peak season and the off season."
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 09:56 PM   #50
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What a beautiful airport and awesome subway system
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Old September 9th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #51
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A380’s Test Flight Delights Passengers



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The ``five-star hotel in the sky’’ fully satisfied Korean passengers who took part in A380’s test flight in Korea.

The super jumbo delighted Koreans took the tour flight Thursday with the country's flagship airline. Korean Air has ordered five A380s, which will be delivered from 2010.

Unlike a usual flight, the 400 passengers comprised of officials from Korean Air and Airbus, VIPs, journalists and regular citizens were encouraged to freely move around the aircraft to observe every nook and cranny, ascending and descending the stairs that connect the upper and lower decks of the double-decker.

The plane had the standard seat arrangement of an A380 _ 12 seats in first class, 64 in business class and 443 in economy class _ and the configuration and other amenities will differ from airline to airline.

Despite the number of seats _ 519, the largest ever _ the big fuselage guaranteed spaciousness. Even economy class seats were wider than those in other aircrafts. The areas around the welcome desk at the entrance of the plane and the first class bar were roomy enough to hold some 30 people.

Departing Incheon International Airport, the A380 plane headed for Jeju Island and returned after a 100 minute roundtrip.

Cameras installed on the tail of the aircraft showed the outside of the plane through audio and video on demand (AVOD) apparatus installed in each seat, so that passengers could see where the plane was going.

When taking off and landing, the plane made much less noise than other large-sized aircrafts. Takeoff and landing were also smooth, despite the plane’s huge size and weight of 560 tons, as 22 tires _ four more than a Boeing 747 _ disperse the weight to prevent damage to runways.

The first commercial operation of the A380 will be in the middle of October by Singapore Airlines.

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Old September 9th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #52
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More A380 pics from Seoul Incheon Airport demonstration flight on Sept 6, 2007

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Old September 11th, 2007, 07:40 PM   #53
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Korean Air launches Flights between Seoul and Zhengzhou in China



Korean Air has launched new scheduled passenger flights between Incheon International Airport (Seoul), Korea and Zhengzhou, China. With this new route, Korean Air's network in mainland China is expanded to 21 destinations.

The two-and-a-half hour flight will operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, using Boeing 737 aircraft seating 187 passengers.

Flights will depart Incheon at 14:50 and arrive in Zhengzhou at 16:20 local time. Return flights will depart Zhengzhou at 17:20 and arrives at Incheon at 20:25 local time.

Korean Air is the only non-Chinese carrier which flies to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, and Korean Air’s Incheon~Zhengzhou flight is the only international flight for the Chinese city.

Korean Air’s operation is expected to greatly enhance the convenience of foreign business and leisure travelers who wish to reach the region, a center of domestic transportation and home to many historic sites and factories.


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I've always been impressed with the architecture of the Incheon main terminal. they should plan for future growth with satellite terminals.
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Old September 16th, 2007, 12:26 PM   #55
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An enormous satellite terminal is opening next year.
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More A380 pics from Seoul Incheon Airport demonstration flight on Sept 6, 2007 II

Photos by: http://www.flyfreesky.com/








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I've always been impressed with the architecture of the Incheon main terminal. they should plan for future growth with satellite terminals.
Here is a photo of the satellite terminal

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The grand opening of Korean Air’s second cargo terminal



Korean Air, the world’s number one cargo carrier, held an opening ceremony for the brand new cargo terminal at Incheon international airport on 10th Sep. Located at the east end of cargo terminal A, the new cargo terminal had been under construction from May 2005 and is now ready for operation.

The new terminal, which has 1 floor under and 5 floors over ground with 37,400 square meters of total floor space, is capable of handling 260,000 tons of cargo yearly, boosting Korean Air’s yearly cargo handling capacity up to 1.61 million tons from the current 1.35 million tons.

The new cargo terminal is equipped with the best cargo handling equipment available, including X-ray devices, metal detectors, bomb sensors, surveillance TVs, and radio frequency type gates for safer cargo transportation.

With the help of the new terminal, Korean Air will be capable of providing better customer service in terms of reliable cargo handling and safe aircraft operation.

The goal of the new cargo terminal construction project is to meet the needs of increasing air-cargo demand, and to fulfill the nation’s vision of being the international logistics hub of northeast Asia.

Korean Air is now operating freighters to 47 cities in 26 nations 140 flights weekly, processing 1.23 million tons of outbound, inbound, and transit cargo at the Incheon cargo terminal.
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Sichuan Airlines - Opening of the First International Route



On 10th September at 15:30, Sichuan Airlines Flight B6026/A320 left for Inchon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea from Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu, China. This formally marked the opening of Sichuan Airlines’ first international route. Initially opening the route with 2 flights a week, on Mondays and Fridays, Sichuan Airlines plan to expand to 4 flights weekly in the future. The inaugural flight saw 130 South Korean passengers arrive in Chengdu at 00:50 on board a Sichuan Airlines’ aircraft. In command of that flight were Sichuan Airlines’ top pilots and flight attendants. These included Captain Li Yanping, a senior pilot and now Chief Pilot of Sichuan Airlines, and Yang Jing, a purser with abundant experience in in-flight service.

In recent years, the increase in the number of people who travel between South Korea and Southwestern China has seen South Korea become one of the main sources of foreign tourists for scenic spots in Sichuan. The establishment of a direct Incheon-Chengdu route by Sichuan Airlines not only extends the benefits of international travel to the people of both countries, but will also help to deepen economic and cultural communication between Western China and South Korea.

On 31st August, 2007, Sichuan Airlines signed contracts to buy 27 airplanes with three enterprises, including Airbus. Sichuan Airlines will hasten the introduction of Airbus A330 in preparation for the opening of more international routes

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Korean Air set to land at Melbourne Airport



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Melbourne will welcome its newest international airline, with the announcement that Korean Air will operate scheduled services to Melbourne Airport.

The three times weekly services, which will commence on October 22, will fly direct between Melbourne and Seoul, providing strong tourism and business links between Victoria and South Korea.

Korean Air had previously undertaken charter flights between Seoul and Melbourne over summer 2006/2007, providing the airline with the opportunity to test the Melbourne market.

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said the Korean Air announcement was a major win for Victoria.

“The important role direct international air services provide to Melbourne and Victoria cannot be understated,” said Mr Woodruff.

“Koreans account for more than a quarter of a million incoming visitors to Australia, however Victoria currently only receives a small percentage of these visitors. These new direct links between Melbourne Airport and Seoul are set to change this,” he said.

“Korean Air was recently allocated additional rights by the Federal Government to fly to Melbourne Airport, and within days they have taken up these rights.”

Mr Woodruff also highlighted the important trade opportunities these new flights would provide.

“Korean Air is one of the largest freight airlines operating out of Asia, and with approximately 80 per cent of air freight carried in the hold of international passenger flights, the new services also provide strong trade opportunities for Victorian exporters.”

The new services will provide greater choices for Victorian travellers with direct flights to Korea, and beyond into North America and Europe on Korean Air’s extensive network.


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