747-8I KAL HL7630
Korean Air has had its first Boeing 747-8i delivered – the first of ten it has on order of the passenger variant of the latest jumbo jet.
With this delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven 747-8 Freighters.
Korea’s flag carrier currently operates a fleet of 87 Boeing passenger airplanes that includes 737, 747 and 777s. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.
Its new 747-8i’s will fly on the route from Seoul Incheon to Frankfurt from 2 September 2015, going daily from 1 October.
Other routes will be Singapore and San Francisco from November, followed at some stage by London Heathrow, which was announced initially before changing to Frankfurt.
The first aircraft is registered HL7630.
Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380. It becomes the 11th airline to operate the type.
This aircraft, registered HL7625, is the first of six that the airline has on order.
Asiana Airlines will initially deploy its new flagship aircraft from Seoul on regional services in Asia to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, followed by long-haul routes to Los Angeles.
“We are delighted to receive our first A380 today, which is key to our future vision and fleet modernisation strategy”, said Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group. “I am confident that Asiana can further enhance its level of customer service and that the A380 will play a significant role in helping us to remain at the forefront of the airline business.”
It’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.
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’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 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.
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!”
Bombardier’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.
The 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.
Scoot 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 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.