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Korean Air

In just over 50 years, Seoul-based Korean Air has grown to become one of the biggest airlines in the world. Its 156 planes now normally fly to 120 destinations in 43 countries. In 2021, the airline is an outlier, retaining both Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft in its fleet. But as its unusual history attests, the Korean Air story is one of recovery and redemption. (Featured image: Vincenzo Pace - Simple Flying)

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SkyTeam member Korean Air is already a much larger airline than Asiana with 169 aircraft in its current fleet. Photo: Vincenzo Pace |
Airline Type:
Full Service Carrier
Year Founded:
Walter Cho
South Korea
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Korean Air Is Turning Old Uniforms Into Upcycled First Aid Kits

The Seoul-based carrier is pursuing new avenues in its steps toward sustainability targets.

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Korean Air Airbus A380 Returns To Seoul With Landing Gear Problem

The aircraft was operating flight KE81 from Seoul to New York when it encountered technical problems.

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Korean Air Q2 Revenue Climbs But Profit Nose Dives

Korean Air has released its tentative Q2 results, and while revenue is up, operating profit has fallen by 36% compared to 2022.

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Inside SkyTeam - The Youngest Major Airline Alliance

The youngest of the world's major airline alliances turned 23 this summer - what does the future hold for SkyTeam?

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Cheers: Korean Air Has Launched Its Own Craft Lager

Korean Air will roll out its unique beverage over the next few months to improve its customers' travel experience.

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Korean Air Resuming More Japan & China Flights

The airline has now reached 82% of its pre-pandemic international capacity.

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Korean Air Plans Airbus A380 Flights To Hong Kong In October

Hong Kong will join the carrier's other A380 destinations, including New York, Los Angeles, and Taipei.

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Korean Air Deploys Airbus A321neo To Phnom Penh

Premium passengers on Korean Air's service between Seoul and Phnom Penh can now enjoy fully lie-flat seats on the A321neo.

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Korean Airlines Are Pulling Out Of China Amid Strained Relations

Asiana and Korean AIr will temporarily stop services to the Chinese capitals due to souring international relations.

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Rare Jumbos: Which Airlines Still Have Passenger Boeing 747s?

With the Queen of the Skies becoming increasingly rare, which airlines still operate the Boeing 747?

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Korean Air Partners With JFK Airport's New Terminal 1

The new partnership adds to the successful portfolio of international carriers that have signed on with the New Terminal One.

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US Department of Justice Eyes Lawsuit Against Korean Air Asiana Merger

Concerns over competition continue to hold up the merger.

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EU Says Korean Air & Asiana Merger May Restrict Competition

The European Commission has raised various concerns over the merger of Korean Air and Asiana.

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Former Korean Air Guam Manager Charged With Bank Fraud

After an audit, the local manager then fled to Texas.

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Korean Air Earns 5-Star Rating From Skytrax

This is the second time that this SkyTeam alliance member has earned Skytrax's top rating.

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BLACKPINK Appears On Boeing 777 But Korean Q1 Profit Dives

On the same day, Korean Air unveiled a 777 adorned by BLACKPINK and announced its operating profit fell by 47% in Q1.

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Korean Air Unveils Special Boeing 777 Dedicated to Employees

Korean Air hosted a large 'family day' event for its employees, revealing a special livery on a Boeing 777 dedicated to its workforce.

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Korean Air Sending Its New A321neo To Vietnam

Passengers on Korean Air's route from Seoul to Ho Chi Minh City will soon experience the airline's new A321neo.

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Brisbane Reconnects With Its Korean Seoulmate

With a permanent Korean Air service from Seoul to Brisbane, Queensland expects traffic to grow with a boost coming for the 2032 Olympic Games.