Korean Air – Excellence in Flight
Korean Air is the trademark of Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd and is headquartered at in Seoul, South Korea. This is the nation flag carrier as well as the largest airline in South Korea that operates to 130 cities in 45 countries. The primary hub is Seoul Gimpo International Airport and Seoul Incheon International Airport is the international hub of the airline. Gimhae International Airport, Jeju International Airport, Kansai International Airport are the focus cities of Korean Air. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried and is also the top-ranked international cargo airline. Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam, and the parent company of Jin Air and was the official sponsor of 2014 Asian Games. SKYPASS is the frequent-flyer program of Korean Air.
The airline was established as Korean National Airline in the year 1946 and underwent many expansions before becoming a fully privatized in 1969. The first ever flight was schedule on 1st of March 1969 while the first long-haul international travel was introduced on 26 April 1971, followed by passenger services to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 19 April 1972. With the purchase of 3 Airbus A300s in 1975, the airline became one of the first Asian airlines to operate Airbus aircraft with the purchase. The airline was renamed as Korean Air in the year 1st March 1984 when a blue-top, silver and redesigned livery with a new corporate "Korean Air" logo was introduced.
The current fleet of the airline includes 159 Airbus as well as Boeing aircrafts with an average age of 9.5 years. Korean Air is the first Airbus A380 customer to dedicate the entire upper deck of the A380 to business class passengers. Korean Air announced on 4 December 2009 that it would order five Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft worth $1.5 billion in list prices. An order of 70 more aircrafts has also been placed by the airline.
The airline has numerous award and accolades to its credit.
· Asia's best airline by Business Traveler readers in 2012
· 2014 Asia's Leading Airline - First Class by World Travel Awards
· 2013 World's Most Innovative Airline
Routes and Destinations
Korean Air serves 114 international destinations in 50 countries on all 6 major continents and to 20 domestic destinations. The airline has a codeshare agreement with 37 airlines. It is one of the 10 airlines in the world that operate to all 6 inhabited continents and is one of the two largest foreign airlines to operate into the People's Republic of China.