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|Airline Name||Korean Air||Major Routes||Major flight routes for Korean Air include Incheon to Jeju, Incheon to Narita, Incheon to Shanghai, Busan to Jeju, San Francisco to Incheon, JFK to Incheon and Incheon to Los Angeles.|
|Official Site||https://www.koreanair.com/global/en.html||Check-In Counter||
|Year Established||1962||Main Destinations||Popular destinations for Korean Air: Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Dubai, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, London, Vancouver, New York City, Sydney, Saõ Paulo.|
|Frequent Flyer Program||SKYPASS|
Based on fleet size, Korean Air is the largest airline in South Korea and is the flag carrier of South Korea. The headquarters of Korean Air are based in Seoul, South Korea. The airline was founded in 1946 as Korean National Airlines and was later privatized in 1969. The airline’s main hubs are located at Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport. Korean Air is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance with a fleet size of 174 aircrafts.
Korean Air tickets are split into three classes, Economy Class, Prestige Class and First Class. Korean Air's business class is called Prestige Class and is fairly similar to business class of other major airlines.
The slogan of the airline is “Excellence in Flight” and Korean Air was voted as being Asia’s best airline by Business Traveler readers in 2012.
Korean Air requires checked baggage to be under 23kg for Economy Class passengers and 32kg for Prestige Class and First Class for most global routes. Exceptions are Korean Air flights to and from Brazil (32kg for all passengers) and domestic flights which allows up to 20kg for Economy and 30kg for Prestige Class.
(Korean Air allows for checked baggage up to 46kg with extra charges, over 46kg is not permitted.)
The checked baggage size limits for Korean Air are 158cm in total size (width + height + depth added together.)
Korean Air allows for carry-on baggage and extra personal item (laptop, handbag) to a total weight of 10kg for Economy Class and 18kg for First and Prestige Class.
Korean Air carry-on dimension limits are 40(A) x 20(B) x 55(C) cm or a total of 115cm with all dimensions added together.
Korean Air's service on-board is fully flexible to accommodate passengers with air tickets on all classes. In-flight meals and wine are regularly served and carefully selected by top chefs.
Korean Air is popular for serving Bibimbap, a popular Korean dish in their in-flight meals and are often rated as having some of the best airline food.
Korean Air provides In-flight amenity kits to passengers with tickets on first and business class which include branded cosmetics such as face cream, hand cream and aftershave lotion. The amenity kits are packed in a convenient and stylish pouch and includes a toothbrush and toothpaste.
The in-flight entertainment system offers all passengers with air tickets on all classes a selection of movies, TV shows, magazines, music, and games. Korean Air offers plenty of space between seats too, with 34 inches between the seat in front, a larger gap than most airlines.
Yes, there is an online chat service in Korean and English which is available 24 hours. Use the chat to enquire about air tickets, flights or any other queries.
All meals are prepared by Korean Air on international and domestic routes.
Both Korean Air and Asiana Airlines are both major airline carriers in South Korea and highly rated for their service and comfort. Seat space and in-flight service are fairly similar for most routes on both the airlines and differences between them are small enough that it usually doesn't matter which airline to pick.
Note that the only major difference is Korean Air is part of the SkyTeam alliance and partners with Delta, KLM and others. Asiana Airlines partners with United Airlines and others as part of Star Alliance.
Korean Air has reduced or suspended several of its flight routes due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). As of November 2020, some routes are operating but at a reduced schedule. Check the airline's website for the most recent updates to flight schedules.
Popular routes such as Incheon to Los Angeles and Incheon to San Francisco are running at a reduced schedule (three days per week).
Korean Air's frequent flyer program is SKYPASS, and members are issued with a blue card when they join the program by booking air tickets with the airlines. SKYPASS benefits and rewards include free air tickets, hotels, car rental services, credit card bonuses and more. Miles and extras can also be earned by members of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance. The SKYPASS program requires members to fly at least 30,000 miles per two-year cycle and at least 50,000 miles are required to become a member.
The latest check-in times for air tickets booked on Korean Air domestic flights is 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure and 40 minutes for international flights. Try to get to the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time for domestic flights and three hours before for international flights. Korean Air is usually fairly efficient with check-in procedures, however this can depend on various circumstances. Online check-in is fairly easy to use with Korean Air and lets you choose your seat, pre-select meals before hand.
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