21 Facts About Korean Air


The present-day Korean Air was established on March 1,1969, after the Hanjin Group acquired government-owned Korean Air Lines, which had operated since June 1962.

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Korean Air is a founding member of the airline alliance SkyTeam and SkyTeam Cargo.

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Korean Air operated international flights to destinations such as Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and Los Angeles with Boeing 707s until the introduction of the Boeing 747 in 1973.

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In 1981, Korean Air opens own cargo terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

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On 23 June 2000, along with Aeromexico, Air France and Delta Air Lines, Korean Air founded world's major airline alliance, SkyTeam and SkyTeam Cargo, founded on 28 September 2000.

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On June 5,2007, Korean Air said that it would create a new low-cost carrier called Jin Air in Korea to compete with Korea's KTX high-speed railway network system, which offered cheaper fares and less stringent security procedures compared to air travel.

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Jin Korean Air started its scheduled passenger service from Seoul to Jeju on July 17,2008.

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Korean Air announced that some of its 737s and A300s would be given to Jin Air.

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Korean Air's headquarters is located in Gonghang-dong, Gangseo-gu in Seoul.

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Korean Air has offices at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul.

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Korean Air serves 126 international destinations in 44 countries on 5 continents, excluding codeshares.

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Korean Air is an airline partner of Skywards, the frequent-flyer program for Emirates.

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In 2022, Korean Air is considering ordering a new freighter to continue the support cargo demand worldwide.

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Korean Air currently offers three types of first class, four types of business class, and standard economy class.

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In that result, Korean Air introduced its first Premium Economy Class named "Economy Plus" on its CS300.

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However, on 10 June 2019, Korean Air announced it would discontinue "Economy Plus"; it will be reassigned to economy class due to discordance of service and profit loss.

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In 2019, Korean Air began playing a safety video with the Kpop group SuperM.

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In October 2012, a development deal between Bombardier Aerospace and a government-led South Korean consortium was announced, aiming to develop a 90-seat turboprop regional airliner, targeting a 2019 launch date.

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Korean Air previously had a poor safety record and was once one of the world's most dangerous airlines.

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Korean Air has been cited as one of the examples of the South Korean "chaebol" system, wherein corporate conglomerates, established with government support, overreach diverse branches of industry.

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Korean Air resigned from some of her duties in late 2014 after she ordered a Korean Air jet to return to the gate to allow a flight attendant to be removed from the aircraft.

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