Korean Air hosts Family Day event at Seoul headquarters Korean Air hosts Family Day event at Seoul headquarters(Seoul, May 7, 2024)- Korean Air organized a Family Day event for employees and their families from May 4-6 at its headquarters in Seoul. The annual event, which began in 2019, resumed last year after a hiatus due to the pandemic.This year’s event was attended by approximately 13,000 airline employees and their family members, including Delta Air Lines employees co-located at the Korean Air headquarters through the two airlines’ joint venture partnership.The hangar-converted-theme park offered an array of activities and stations that participants could enjoy such as air bounce castles, hands-on drone flight experience, photo booths, balloon art, face painting and food trucks.The event also featured various company-related programs such as an exhibition of the airline’s former cabin crew uniforms; Q&A sessions with cabin crew, pilots, and maintenance staff; interactive First and Prestige Class seat mockups; and a joint venture booth featuring Delta Air Line’s premium long-haul products. In addition, the Korean Air Jumbos volleyball team - winners of both season and postseason championship titles for four consecutive years - signed autographs and distributed championship hats.The tours of the airline's latest addition, the A321neo, drew significant interest. Marking the airline's 100th aircraft from Airbus, this model was showcased for participants to explore, featuring highlights like the lie-flat prestige seats and Airbus's signature Airspace interior."It was a special day to be able to show my child where I work, and filled me with so much pride." said Arim Lee, assistant manager from the Maintenance Department at Korean Air. "Seeing my son’s eyes light up as he explored the plane was heartwarming. It’s more than just sharing my workplace; it’s about showing them the passion and dedication behind every flight we operate.""This event was designed to give families a better view of their loved ones’ work environments to foster a deeper understanding and enhance their sense of connection to the company," said Jongheon Sim, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Korean Air. "We believe the airline will continue to improve policies that support a family-friendly work culture where professional and family life are compatible."Korean Air operates various welfare programs for employees and their families, including enrollment gifts to prospective elementary school students as well as gift certificates for Children's Day and Christmas. It also hosts orientation sessions for college-bound students, events for employees’ families along with special flight tickets for parents. 2024-05-07Report Korean Air Korean Air to launch new route to Macau Korean Air to launch new route to Macau(Seoul, April 26, 2024)- Korean Air is launching a new daily service between Seoul Incheon and Macau from July 1.Flights depart from Incheon International Airport at 9:15 pm and arrive at Macau International Airport at 11:55 pm. The return flight departs from Macau International Airport at 1:10 am the next day and arrives at Incheon International Airport at 6:00 am. The flight time is approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes.Macau, a special administrative region of China, offers a unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. With its mild winters, it is considered a great travel destination year round. Visitors can explore exotic streets, historic buildings and the vibrant skyline as well as enjoy many activities such as night bus tours and fountain shows.Macau’s proximity to Hong Kong, accessible within an hour by ferry or bus, offers further travel convenience. Korean Air also operates four daily flights between Seoul Incheon and Hong Kong.In response to growing travel demand, Korean Air is restoring services and exploring new markets to strengthen its China network. The airline has resumed three weekly flights between Seoul Incheon and Zhangjiajie and four weekly flights between Seoul Incheon and Zhengzhou from April 23 and 24, respectively.Flight schedule for Seoul Incheon - Macau routeFlightFlight No.Departure TimeArrival TimeFlight DaysSeoul Incheon - MacauKE16921:1523:55DailyMacau - Seoul IncheonKE17001:1006:00* All times are local.About Korean AirServing the world for more than 55 years, Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airlines, carrying more than 27 million passengers in 2019, pre-COVID. With its global hub at Incheon International Airport (ICN), the airline serves 110 cities in 39 countries on five continents with a modern fleet of 160 aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees.Korean Air's outstanding performance and commitment to the highest level of safety and customer service has widely been recognized. The airline has been granted numerous awards including a 5-star airline rating from Skytrax as well as Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year and Cargo Operator of the Year awards.Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and has grown into one of the largest transpacific airlines through its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.For more information about Korean Air, please visitwww.koreanair.com,Korean Air Newsroom,facebook.com/KoreanAir,instagram.com/KoreanAirworldandTwitter@KoreanAir_KE. 2024-04-26Report Korean Air Korean Air completes world’s first comprehensive UAM operations demonstration Korean Air completes world’s firstcomprehensive UAM operations demonstration(Seoul, April 24, 2024)- Korean Air, in collaboration with Hyundai Motor Company, Korea Telecom (KT), Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, successfully completed the world’s first comprehensive urban air mobility (UAM) operations demonstration, a goal set for the first phase of the Korean Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) Grand Challenge. The demonstration was conducted over five weeks from March 11 at Goheung Aviation Test Center in South Jeolla Province.Korean Air successfully validated its comprehensive urban air mobility (UAM) system by utilizing a 5G aviation communication network that links the electric vertical take-off and landing (e-VTOL) aircraft with the UAM operating systems. Leveraging the airline’s extensive operational expertise, Korean Air demonstrated the reliability and effectiveness of its in-house developed proprietary UAM Operation Control System and Traffic Management System. These systems collectively ensure safe and efficient urban air travel.During the demonstration, Korean Air conducted ten scenarios, including normal and abnormal situations, in which it tested the functionality and performance of the operating systems. The data collected from these scenarios will be analyzed to enhance the systems and ensure safe UAM operations in high-density urban environments.The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), Incheon International Airport Corporation, and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) on February 22, 2023, to test the feasibility of comprehensive UAM operations in Korea. Korean Air will continue to engage in various UAM initiatives, and work to validate and enhance government-established UAM concepts and procedures to develop the UAM ecosystem in Korea. 2024-04-24Report Korean Air Korean Air and WestJet expand codeshare agreement Korean Air and WestJet expand codeshare agreement(Seoul, April 23, 2024)- Korean Air and WestJet expanded their codeshare partnership on April 22 to provide more transpacific destinations to its customers. Korean Air will begin selling flights on WestJet’s new route between Seoul Incheon and Calgary, which will launch from May 17.Flights on the newly launched Seoul Incheon - Calgary route will operate three times a week using Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Korean Air passengers will gain access to Calgary, Canada's gateway to Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains, renowned for Lake Louise and its mountain trails.“We are excited to announce an expanded codeshare with our longstanding partner WestJet, offering our valued customers access to a wide range of transpacific destinations,” said Tae Joon Kim, Korean Air Senior Vice President and Head of International Affairs & Alliance. “The launch of WestJet’s Calgary - Seoul Incheon route will bolster connectivity between Korea and Canada, while our strengthened partnership will seamlessly connect customers to an expanded array of Asian and Canadian cities through our hubs in Incheon and Calgary, respectively.”WestJet customers will gain access to flights operated by Korean Air to six new destinations - Bangkok, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong and Singapore - via Korean Air’s hub at Incheon Airport.“As we prepare for WestJet’s inaugural flights between Calgary and Incheon, the timing of this codeshare expansion is ideal. We are enhancing connectivity to more destinations in Asia for our guests and WestJet Rewards members from one of the world’s busiest cities, and Korean Air’s global hub,” said Jeff Hagen, WestJet Vice-President of Commercial Development and Strategic Partnerships. “Our longstanding reciprocal partnership with Korean Air opens up exciting opportunities for leisure and business travellers to more locations in the Asian continent and offers new guests in Asia access to all of Canada through our global hub in Calgary.”Since Korean Air and WestJet first began its codeshare partnership in June 2012, it has continued to expand, covering Korean Air’s flights from Seoul Incheon to Vancouver and Toronto; WestJet’s domestic routes within Canada; and flights to/from the United States via Vancouver and Toronto. With the new codeshare expansion, the airlines’ codeshare network will increase to 36 routes. 2024-04-23Report Korean Air Korean Air and Delta Air Lines employees volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Valenzuela, Philippi... Korean Air and Delta Air Lines employees volunteer withHabitat for Humanity in Valenzuela, Philippines(Seoul, April 19, 2024)-Employees from Korean Air and Delta Air Lines volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines on April 19, in Bignay, Valenzuela City, Philippines, to assist in building homes for over 400 families.A total of 20 volunteers from the two airlines performed key site development groundwork, including backfilling for the multi-purpose center and sand bedding along the waterline. The volunteers also applied base course materials at the site to form the layer beneath pavements and roads, essential for the foundational layers of future construction to follow.The initiative is part of the larger Bignay-Maunlad Socialized Housing Project, which spans 13,920 square meters and will feature community facilities including a multi-purpose center and a daycare center. Supported by the local government and the Barangay Council, the project aims to build a combination of row houses and medium-rise buildings, providing sustainable housing solutions to families of government employees, teachers, and factory workers from the cities of Valenzuela, Quezon and Caloocan.“Our work in Bignay is a reflection of Korean Air's commitment to giving back to the communities we serve,” said Byung Kwon Lee, Korean Air’s Philippines Country Manager. “Partnering with Delta Air Lines on the Habitat for Humanity project is a great opportunity to reinforce our values and show the power of collaboration in achieving common goals.”“It is fantastic to work with Korean Air and Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines for the second consecutive year, demonstrating our commitment to the community, where our people live, work and serve. Together with our partners, Delta continues to serve and dedicate to our communities, with a focus on impactful initiatives,” said Andrew Kim, Delta Air Lines’ Director of Sales for Korea and Southeast Asia.Korean Air has been partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Korea since 2001, and has supported Habitat for Humanity Philippines since 2013 by participating in housing projects across various cities in the country. Delta has also been a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, helping to build or rehabilitate over 280 homes since 1995."We are grateful to Korean Air and Delta Airlines for continuously supporting Habitat Philippines’ programs and mobilizing their employees to volunteer. By building homes, communities, and hope with us, we can empower more Filipino families to achieve strength, stability, and security through decent housing,” said Ariane Aliggayu, Habitat Philippines’ Interim Deputy National Director.Since formalizing the joint venture partnership in 2018, the two airlines have undertaken multiple joint community service projects, including home building with Habitat in Calauan, Philippines and Los Angeles, U.S.; Korean Air’s annual tree planting project in Baganuur, Mongolia; and a Han River clean-up in Seoul, Korea.About Korean AirServing the world for more than 55 years, Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airlines, carrying more than 27 million passengers in 2019, pre-COVID. With its global hub at Incheon International Airport (ICN), the airline serves 110 cities in 39 countries on five continents with a modern fleet of 160 aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees.Korean Air's outstanding performance and commitment to the highest level of safety and customer service has widely been recognized. The airline has been granted numerous awards including a 5-star airline rating from Skytrax as well as Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year and Cargo Operator of the Year awards.Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and has grown into one of the largest transpacific airlines through its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.For more information about Korean Air, please visitwww.koreanair.com,Korean Air Newsroom,facebook.com/KoreanAir,instagram.com/KoreanAirworldandTwitter@KoreanAir_KE.About the Korean Air and Delta Joint VentureKorean Air and Delta Air Lines are celebrating the 5th anniversary of their highly successful transpacific joint venture, which has benefited more than 7 million customers since launching in May 2018.Today, Korean Air and Delta offer 18 peak-day departures between Seoul-Incheon and the United States, connecting more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 destinations in Asia.More than 4,000 customers connect between the carriers each day at Incheon, an increase of more than 40 percent in five years. Korean Air and Delta work closely to develop products and services to ensure a consistent and industry-leading customer experience, including seamless check-in, reciprocal mileage benefits and convenient and coordinated flight schedules. 2024-04-19Report Korean Air Korean Air to operate seasonal charter to Taichung Korean Air to operate seasonal charter to Taichung(Seoul, April 3, 2024)- Korean Air will operate seasonal charter services between Seoul Incheon and Taichung, Taiwan from May 2 to June 29.Flights on the Seoul Incheon-Taichung route will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights depart from Seoul Incheon at 3:30 pm and arrive at Taichung at 5:15 pm. The return flight departs at 6:50 pm from Taichung to land at Seoul Incheon at 10:40 pm (all times local). The route will be served by a Boeing 737-8, configured with 146 seats, eight in Prestige class and 138 in economy class. Reservations can be made on Korean Air's website, mobile app or through travel agencies.Taichung is the second largest city in Taiwan and located in the central part of the island. It has recently been featured as a noteworthy travel destination on several TV programs in Korea, and is gaining attention as an up-and-coming destination in Taiwan.Taichung is especially famous for its Gaomei Wetlands, which are often referred to as the Uyuni Salt Flat of the East. Visitors can also take a cruise and experience a cable car ride on the Sun Moon Lake, which is considered one of the eight scenic spots in Taiwan. Fengjia Night Market also offers a diverse range of culinary delights for visitors to enjoy.With this new service, Korean Air will operate a total of 24 roundtrip flights per week between Seoul Incheon and Taiwan: 14 between Seoul Incheon and Taipei; seven between Busan and Taipei; and three between Seoul Incheon and Taichung. Korean Air plans to offer more convenient and diverse schedules for travelers visiting Taiwan.FlightFlight No.Departure TimeArrival TimeFlight DaysSeoul Incheon - TaichungKE1893:30 pm5:15 pmTuesdayThursdaySaturdayTaichung - Seoul IncheonKE1906:50 pm10:40 pm 2024-04-03Report Korean Air Korean Air partners with DHL Global Forwarding for direct booking connection Korean Air partners with DHL Global Forwardingfor direct booking connection(Seoul, March 26, 2024)- Korean Air has announced that it has connected its cargo booking system with DHL Global Forwarding. This is the first time for the airline to connect its booking system directly with a freight forwarder. The integration allows DHL Global Forwarding to book cargo on Korean Air flights directly from its system.The API (Application Programming Interface) system allows customers to make reservations directly from their own system, bypassing the need to access the airline’s platform. This integration enhances workflow efficiency by enabling real-time data exchange between airlines and customers, facilitating easier access to flight schedules and air cargo rates.In line with the industry’s ongoing digital transformation, Korean Air is dedicated to enhancing efficiency and elevating customer experience. The airline’s effort in identifying and implementing technological advancements underscores its commitment to providing bespoke services tailored to diverse customer needs."In establishing direct connectivity with a prominent customer like DHL Global Forwarding, we are able to offer advanced services," said Jaedong Eum, Senior Vice President and Head of Cargo Business Division at Korean Air. "Looking ahead, we are dedicated to exploring innovative channels to extend our system connections, enhancing our service offerings for an even broader clientele.""We are excited to announce our direct booking connection with our long-lasting partner Korean Air Cargo through CargoWise." said Max Sauberschwarz, Global Head of Air Freight at DHL Global Forwarding. "This streamlines our internal processes and enhances efficiency for our customers. This is another step in our digital journey and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering value in air freight for our customers." 2024-03-26Report Korean Air Korean Air to sign contract with Airbus for A350s Korean Air to sign contract with Airbus for A350s(Seoul, March 21, 2024)- Korean Air will sign a contract with Airbus for the procurement of 33 state-of-the-art A350 family aircraft. The deal, which includes 27 A350-1000s and six A350-900s, is valued at USD 13.7 billion.The order will supplement the airline’s long-term fleet operations as it gradually retires its older aircraft. The procurement of the next-generation, eco-friendly A350 is not only aligned with the airlines’ sustainability efforts, but also is seen as preparation for the integration of Asiana Airlines.The A350-1000 is the largest in the A350 family, and can accommodate from 350 to 410 passengers in a standard three-class configuration. The aircraft makes use of advanced composite materials, resulting in reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions of up to 25%, in comparison to similarly sized previous generation aircraft models.With the longest flight range among existing passenger aircraft, the A350-1000 can operate up to 16,000km with full payload.The A350-900 variant is about 7 meters shorter than the A350-1000 with a range of 15,370km and typically seats 300-350 passengers in a three class layout. The airline can deploy the aircraft on its long-haul routes such as Seoul Incheon-New York, where the airline currently operates two daily flights.In addition to the agreement to purchase 33 A350s, Korean Air plans to introduce 50 Airbus A321neos, 10 Boeing 787-9s, 20 Boeing 787-10s, and 30 Boeing 737-8s. The airline will continue to prioritize fleet modernization and reduction of carbon emissions through the operation of new aircraft and other sustainability activities. 2024-03-21Report Korean Air Korean Air to expand international services for summer 2024 Korean Air to expand international services for summer 2024(Seoul, March 18, 2024)- Korean Air will expand international services for the summer 2024 season starting from March 31. The airline will resume services to four cities in China, Europe and Southeast Asia, and increase flight frequencies on major routes.The expansion will allow the airline’s international capacity to reach approximately 96% of pre-pandemic levels, measured by available seat kilometers (ASK).Resuming routes to Europe, China and Southeast AsiaOn April 2, the airline will resume three weekly flights between Seoul Incheon and Zurich to cater to the high demand for this popular summer destination.From April 23, Korean Air will resume three weekly flights on the Seoul Incheon-Zhangjiajie route, famed for its designation as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and where the fictional world of Pandora in the movie “Avatar” was filmed.In addition, on April 24, Korean Air will resume its Seoul Incheon-Zhengzhou services, to operate four flights per week. Zhengzhou is a popular tourist destination in China featuring Taihangshan, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of China.” Visitors may also hike Songshan, one of the Five Great Mountains of China, and visit Shaolin Temple, considered the birthplace of Kung Fu.The airline will also resume daily flights on the Busan-Bangkok route on April 25, after nearly four years of hiatus due to the pandemic.Increasing flight frequencies on major routesIn response to growing demand, Korean will also increase flight frequencies on popular routes in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Korean Air will increase flight frequencies on the Seoul Incheon-Budapest from three to four weekly flights. Budapest is a popular tourist destination and a manufacturing base for battery and automotive component companies.The Seoul Incheon-Bangkok route will increase from three to four daily flights, and the Seoul Incheon-Manila route will increase from two to three daily flights. Since January, the airline has also added two additional frequencies on the Seoul Incheon-Bali route to offer eleven weekly flights, offering travelers greater flexibility and choice.In North America, Korean Air will increase services on the Seoul Incheon-Dallas route from four flights per week to daily flights. As a gateway to the south-central United States, the daily flights will facilitate enhanced connectivity for passengers traveling to and from the dynamic city.Korean Air will continue to monitor seasonal elements that affect demand on its expansive global network to provide optimal schedules and enhance customer experience. 2024-03-18Report Korean Air Korean Air to open new engine maintenance cluster in 2027 Korean Air to open new engine maintenance cluster in 2027[Photo caption]Photo : Aerial view of Korean Air's new engine maintenance cluster in Unbuk, Yeongjong Island near Incheon International Airport, South Korea.(Seoul, March 14, 2024)- Korean Air has started construction of an aircraft engine maintenance cluster in Unbuk, near Incheon International Airport, which is slated to open in 2027. The new engine maintenance complex will be the largest in Asia, and will bolster the airline’s aircraft engine maintenance capabilities and fortify its aviation MRO business.The airline held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 14, attended by Walter Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air; Sung-kyu Maeng, Committee Member of the National Assembly’s Committee on Land, Infrastructure and Transport; June-young Bae, Congressman of Jung-gu District, Incheon; Jeong-bok Yoo, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City; Won-sok Yun, Commissioner of the Incheon Free Economic Zone; and Jong-il Kim, CEO of Kolon Global Corporation.“The engine is like the heart of the airplane,” said Walter Cho at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Korean Air pledges to uphold the highest standards of safety, and is committed to elevating Korea’s competitive edge in a highly specialized sector of aviation.”The new engine maintenance plant features seven levels spanning more than 140,000 square meters. The construction of the 578 billion won facility will be undertaken by Kolon Global, and will be strategically constructed adjacent to the existing Engine Test Cell (ETC) that the airline has operated since 2016.Korean Air has previously managed its engine maintenance at its Bucheon facility, complemented by final performance testing at the ETC in Unbuk. The engine maintenance cluster will streamline this process with a strategic consolidation, enhancing operational efficiency by bringing all phases of engine maintenance to a single, centralized site.Korean Air is also set to significantly enhance its aircraft engine maintenance capability from servicing 100 engines to 360 annually, across a broader spectrum of engine types. Currently, the airline conducts overhauls on six engine models, including Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 and GTF; CFM International’s CFM56; and General Electric’s GE90-115B. The expansion includes adding three more engine models to its portfolio, including GE’s GEnx and CFMI’s LEAP-1B. The airline is also exploring the possibility of servicing Asiana Airlines’ engines, including the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB used in the Airbus A350.The new maintenance cluster is expected to generate over 1,000 new jobs to bolster the domestic aviation MRO industry’s competitiveness and reduce dependence on international maintenance services.Korean Air is the sole operator of specialized facilities for civilian aircraft engine overhauls in Korea. The airline began overhauling Boeing 707 aircraft engines in 1976, and has since rebuilt nearly 5,000 engines and supplied engines to other airlines, including its subsidiary Jin Air, as well as international carriers like Delta Air Lines and China Southern Airlines.The airline’s maintenance quality has earned recognition from numerous reputable bodies. Korean Air holds airworthiness certifications from 13 domestic and international authorities, including the Korean Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). 2024-03-14Report Korean Air
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