Korean Air celebrates 15 years of serving Prague
Korean Air has commemorated the 15-year anniversary of the commencement of its scheduled service between Prague and Seoul with a celebration held at Prague Airport, attended by Mr. Seoung-Hyun Moon, Korean Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Martin Kučera, Executive Director Airport Operations of Prague Airport and Korean Air´s Regional Manager Prague Mr. Yeong Ho Choe.
The route between Prague and Seoul is now operated during the winter season by the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a capacity of 269 seats with the Boeing 747-8i aircraft for 368 passengers operated in the summer. Korean Air is one of the few airlines serving Prague to give passengers the choice of three classes of travel, including a first-class cabin.
The airline’s inaugural flight touched down in Prague in 2004, in those days operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, equipped with 257 seats in two travel classes. Over the years, Korean Air has deployed various types of long-haul aircraft on the route, including the Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 747-400. March 2014 even saw a Korean Air A380 aircraft make a one-off touchdown in Prague.
Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said: “The direct connection between Prague and Seoul is one of the most important and the longest-operated long-haul routes from Václav Havel Airport Prague. In the past 15 years, Korean Air has transported over 1.3 million passengers on the route in both directions with over 5,600 departures and arrivals. Thanks to an increasing number of Korean visitors to Prague, we were able to introduce the operation of a passport control e-gate system in March this year. Working with the Czech Foreign Police, Korean Air and the Korean Embassy, we have facilitated a speedy and easy arrival process for Korean visitors.“
Korean Air Regional Manager Prague Mr. Yeong Ho Choe said: “We are proud to celebrate both Korean Air’s 50th anniversary and 15 years of the Prague-Seoul route operation this year. The commencement of the route has significantly contributed to the development of tourism and trade between South Korea and the Czech Republic and I believe that this trend is set to continue in the future. Korean Air is deploying newly-introduced aircraft on the Prague route, which is an important destination in our network.“
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About Korean Air
Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines carrying more than 26 million passengers in 2018. The airline operates over 460 flights per day to 124 cities in 44 countries on five continents; it has a modern fleet of 167 aircraft and employs over 20,000 professional employees. Korean Air’s core business includes passenger, cargo, aerospace, catering and in-flight sales. The airline’s main hub is at the Incheon (ICN) International Airport Terminal 2 which opened in 2018.
Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which together with its 19 members annually welcomes 630 million passengers worldwide, on more than 14,500 daily flights, covering 1,150 destinations in 175 countries. The airline launched a joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines in the trans-Pacific market in May 2018.
In 2019 Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary. With a vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community, Korean Air is dedicated to providing excellence in flight.
More on Korean Air’s programs, routes, frequencies and partners is available at koreanair.com, facebook.com/KoreanAir, instagram.com/KoreanAirworld/, and [email protected]_KE.
About Prague Airport
Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG), with its prime location in the Centre of Europe, is the largest and most important international airport in the Czech Republic. Last year, Prague Airport handled almost 16.8 million passengers, marking a 9.0% growth in passenger traffic.
A total of 69 airlines currently operate regular direct flights from Prague with 162 destinations in 54 countries, including 16 long-haul routes, which is the largest number in the airport’s modern history. Prague Airport received the Airport Service Quality Award 2018 awarded by ACI and the World Routes Marketing Awards in 2015, and again in 2017.
Prague Airport plans to invest in further development, which will include the expansion of the existing Terminal 2 and the construction of a new parallel runway, parking and other facilities in the airport area. Prague Airport continue efforts to reduce its carbon footprint has resulted in Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Level 3 certification.
More on Prague Airport at prg.aero, facebook.com/prague.airport.letiste.praha, instagram.com/praguairport and Twitter @PragueAirport.
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