Most likely you’ve booked a flight or two or heard about the Korean Air, the national flag carrier of South Korea. It has the largest fleet and accounts for most of the international and domestic flights in South Korea. The airline also boasts appreciable global rankings with it being among the top 20 airlines in Asia besides being a top-ranked international cargo carrier.
For quite a long time Korean airlines had first class flights on many destinations but recently they decided to close many routes, this is because fewer people are flying first class nowadays. That being said if you were used to flying first class, you should consider now business class. However, not all the routes are closed. You still can fly first class in some destinations with Korean airlines but this might not be worth it.
With the short briefing, let’s take a look at some of the things you probably didn’t know about Korean Air.
Started As A Private Firm
Korean Air was started in 1946 as Korean National Airlines (KNA) in Korea. Although being an international airline then, it was privately owned by its founding chairman, Captain Shin Yong-Wook. The carrier was incorporated in 1962 through a forceful government acquisition, in line with the aim of the Korean government to nationalize major industries in a bid to spur economic growth. The airline was renamed to Korean Air Lines following the acquisition and later changed to Korean Air in 1984.
Offers Catering Services
Besides being a leading passenger and cargo transporter, Korean Air also owns some hotels both in South Korea and the US. In total, it owns five hotels including two KAL hotels in Jeju and the Hyatt in Incheon. The rest are located in the US, including Waikiki Resort in Hawaii and the Wilshire Grand Tower in downtown Los Angeles.
Active in the aerospace industry
Korean Air is an active participant in the aerospace industry of South Korea. It has a division known as Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) which is involved in aerospace research and manufacturing. So far, the division has manufactured two licensed helicopter versions, a fighter jet, fuselage and wings of a fighter aircraft and various parts of Airbus and Boeing commercial planes. Moreover, KAA offers aircraft maintenance and carries research on commercial aircraft, satellites, launch vehicles, simulation systems, and military aircraft.
The popular SKYPASS
SKYPASS is Korean Air’s frequent-flyer program which accrues positive reviews worldwide. SKYPASS elite levels require customers to achieve 30000 miles in a two-year cycle. Additionally, the highest level, known as Million Miler, will require you to travel 1 million miles while the second highest level, Morning Calm Premium, requires one to travel 500,000 miles. You earn elite status by flying with not only Korean Air but also any other SKYTEAM partner such as Delta.
No WI-FI on Korean Air flights
Perhaps you are used to onboard flight amenities such as WI-FI. You will be in for a surprise when expecting to enjoy WI-FI aboard a Korean Air flight. The airline does not provide onboard internet access not even for basic functionalities such as loading emails and web pages. It’s claimed that the internet speed would be too low for Korean customers who are used to fantastic technology.
Korean Air is the largest air carrier in South Korea and enjoys an appreciable worldwide ranking in cargo transport. Started as a private firm in 1946, Korean Air has seen tremendous developments over the years with it now being involved in the hotel and aerospace research as well as manufacturing besides being a top global cargo carrier.