Greatest Flights – World’s Busiest Route – Seoul to Jeju

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Greatest Flights, South Korea | Posted on 04-04-2014

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Seoul Gimpo AirportIt’s not one that’s on many peoples’ radars, but a short domestic route in South Korea is actually the world’s busiest passenger route, and is the subject of this Greatest Flights.

The route is Seoul to Jeju, and island to the south of the country. It is operated by no fewer than seven airlines, namely Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, and T’way.

Flights take off between Seoul’s Gimpo Airport and Jeju as often as every five minutes during the day, with over 69,000 flights between the two every year.

Whilst most flights are operated by regular Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 medium haul jets, the 280 mile trip is sometimes flown by Boeing 747-400 and 767-300s at peak times.

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Previous Greatest Flights:
World’s Shortest Route – Westray to Papa Westray
World’s Longest Route – Sydney to Dallas Ft Worth
DC-3 Scheduled Flight – Yellowknife to Hay River
Singapore to Sydney in an A380
Winair to St Barths

Asiana A380 emerges from paint shop

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Germany, South Korea, Western Europe | Posted on 31-03-2014

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Asiana A380 rolls out of paintshopAsiana’s first Airbus A380 has emerged from the paint shop in Hamburg in full colours of the South Korean airline.

Asiana Airlines has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft from Seoul initially on regional services in Asia followed by long-haul routes to the US.

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Asiana A380s to start Los Angeles route

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, North America, South Korea, USA | Posted on 12-02-2014

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Asiana A380Asiana Airlines have announced that their first Airbus A380 route will be to Los Angeles International.

The South Korean airline will receive their first two A380s this summer, and begin services between Seoul Incheon and Los Angeles on 30th July.

Prior to being introduced on the Los Angeles route, Asiana plans to temporarily utilize the A380s on short and medium haul international destinations like Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Hong Kong and Bangkok from June

The new aircraft will consist of a total of 495 seats–12 First Class, 66 Business Class, and 417 Travel Class seats. Asiana specifically designed this new aircraft to enhance seat efficiency and to meet the demands of each class.

Reborn HK Express reveals new logo and livery

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous Spotting, South Korea | Posted on 23-01-2014

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(c) HK Express

HK Express, formerly Hong Kong Express, has revealed its new logo and aircraft livery.

The airline, which flies Airbus A320s, has turned itself into a low cost carrier (LCC) operating from Hong Kong to a number of destinations. Its latest route will link Seoul in South Korea from 30th March.

The airline hopes to have 11 A320s flying by the end of the year. They will wear the smart new livery seen here.

Mr. Andrew Cowen, Deputy CEO of HK Express explained, “The new logo and livery design will be rolled out across all of our branding towards the end of March. We wanted to establish a new brand for HK Express to reflect and support the amazing transition that HK Express has undergone in the past year, and the fresh, youthful and dynamic sense that the new design inspires fits perfectly with our ethos as Hong Kong’s one-and-only low fare airline. We look forward to the adventure continuing in 2014 and beyond!”

6 airports that the CSeries will be a regular at

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Asia, Bahrain, Eastern Europe, Estonia, Middle East, South Korea, Switzerland, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 12-10-2013

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CSeries CS100Bombardier’s new CSeries regional airliner made its first flight in September so we thought we’d take a look at which airports the type will be a regular sight at once deliveries take place.

So far almost 180 examples have been ordered by airlines around the world (split over the CS100 and CS300 models), with a number of purchases by leasing companies.

The airports are:

Seoul, South Korea – Korean Air ordered 10 CS300s, becoming the first in Asia to order the type. Routes have not yet been announced, so it is not certain whether the type will fly from Gimpo or Incheon airports.

Riga, Latvia - airBaltic are due to take 10 CS300 examples for regional flights around Europe.

Bahrain - Gulf Air will take 10 CS100s for flights around the Middle East.

Geneva & Zurich, Switzerland – Lufthansa ordered 30 CS100s which will be used to revitalise the short- and medium-haul fleet of Swiss, replacing its older Avro Regional Jets. These will fly from the airline’s Geneva and Zurich bases across Europe. Additionally, Geneva-based PrivatAir has ordered five CS100s in an all-business class configuration.

London City, UK – The Docklands airport will be certified for CSeries operations. Swiss and PrivatAir are both possible carriers who will fly the type there. However, a new airline named Odyssey Airlines is currently being formed with a base at London City.  It has ordered 10 CS100s.

 

 

First Asiana A380 taking shape

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, South Korea, Western Europe | Posted on 26-09-2013

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A380 Asiana assemblyThe first Airbus A380 for Asiana has entered the final assembly line at the manufacturer’s Toulouse facility.

The main sections of the aircraft arrived in recent weeks from the various manufacturing sites around Europe and are now being attached at the airframe assembly station (Station 40).

Asiana Airlines will become the twelfth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2014. The airline has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft on its primary routes from Seoul to the US.

Where to fly Scoot

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, China, Japan, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand | Posted on 02-09-2013

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(c) FlyScootScoot is the long-haul low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. It recently celebrated its first anniversary, having launched operations between Singapore and Sydney on 4th June 2012.

The airline flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a bright yellow colour scheme. The airline recently added Seoul, South Korea, to its network. So where can you catch a Scoot aircraft? They currently fly to the following destinations (all from Singapore Changi):

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gold Coast, Australia
  • Nanjing, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Shenyang, China
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tianjin, China
  • Tokyo Narita, Japan

Have you flown with Scoot? How do they compare to other low cost carriers in Asia?

 

CDI Cargo launches in China

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, China, Japan, Miscellaneous Spotting, South Korea | Posted on 22-08-2012

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CDI Cargo 737

CDI Cargo has launched operations after a lengthy startup process. It is backed by significant investment and a strong, experienced, management team.

The airline, which operates a single Boeing 737-300 freighter, is based in Huangzhou, China. It is expected to take delivery of two more 737s by the end of the year.

It is currently flying between Huangzhou, Qingdao, and Changchun. However, with widebody aircraft planned for the near future, it is anticipated that the airline will begin cargo flights to Japan and South Korea, and expand its domestic network.

 

Seoul Incheon – an Asian hub full of potential

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Japan, South Korea, Spotting News | Posted on 19-07-2012

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Seoul’s Incheon Airport is the South Korea’s main international airport, and it has ambitions to grow into one of the region’s biggest hubs.

Already the home base of Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, Incheon handled 35 million passengers in 2011 – a rise of 7% over the previous year. A phase of development is currently taking place, which will add a second terminal, due to open in 2017, and increase the airport’s capacity to 62 million passengers per year.

The airport already prides itself on its connections within Asia. It currently serves more domestic destinations in Japan than either Tokyo Haneda or Narita airports do. As such, it acts as an important hub for onward connections for Japanese passengers.

In addition, Incheon’s management team are trying to push the airport as a major gateway to the region for European passengers, in particular, for connections to Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Korean Air already has a strong network linking various European cities with Seoul, as does Asiana Airlines. British Airways will also begin their new Boeing 777 route from London Heathrow to Seoul Incheon in December (see story here)

Details of how to spot at both of Seoul’s Airports – Incheon and Gimpo – are covered in my book, Airport Spotting Guides Far East and Australasia, available here.

It covers the best places to spot around the airports, plus hotels with views, details of airlines you can see there, and much more information.

British Airways heading back to Seoul

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Heathrow, South Korea, UK | Posted on 03-05-2012

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British Airways 777

British Airways have announced that they’re going to restart their route between London Heathrow and Seoul Incheon in South Korea.

This is the first announcement to come since the IAG deal to buy bmi was completed, after which the airline promised to increase service to Asia.

The new route will commence on 2 December 2012, and is on sale now. It will utilise a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, operating six times weekly.

The route was last operated in 1998. However, Dave Crawley, BA’s Commercial Director, says “We have seen significant growth in customers wanting to travel to Seoul for both business and pleasure.”

Seoul Incheon is one of the biggest airport hubs in Asia – very interesting for the spotter, and situated fairly close to the domestic Gimpo Airport where you can see the domestic Korean Air and Asiana Airlines fleets.