Delta Plans Atlanta-Seoul Service from 2017, with Expanded Korean Air Codeshare

The service will be operated by 291-seat Boeing 777-200LRs, each configured with 37 Delta One business class seats, 36 Delta Comfort+ seats and 218 Main Cabin seats.

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The carrier’s existing shareholders and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Alitalia’s new 49 per cent shareholder, announced on January 20 that the Italian carrier would adopt new network, fleet, cost-management, airline partnership and customer-service strategies. It is also adopting a new look.

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Air Canada will expand use of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet from Vancouver International Airport in early 2015, introducing the type on its routes to Beijing and Seoul from the British Columbia city.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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The inaugural flight will take place on May 2, Korean Air operating the service with a Boeing 777-200ER.

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Subject to government approval, Delta Air Lines plans to launch new daily non-stop services from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport on June 2 and June 16, 2014, respectively.

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Ethiopian Airlines will launch four-times-weekly scheduled service between its hub at Addis Ababa and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport in the Republic of South Korea on June 18.

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On June 18, Ethiopian Airlines will begin serving Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, all apparently on a one-stop basis.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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British Airways has unveiled a raft of new domestic and international flights for its winter 2012 schedule, which begins on October 28. UK regions will see more BA services as a result of parent company International Airlines Group’s purchase of BMI earlier this year.

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From this week, customers can book tickets for combined travel on JetBlue Airways and Korean Air through New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

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Singapore Airlines is adjusting service frequencies to various destinations during its northern summer operating season from March 25 to October 27, in order to match capacity to prevailing demand for travel.

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Under the terms of the contract, Dynamic Airways will provide Seoul-based Hoda Air Services with a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 supported by a full crew for passenger flights between Guam and Seoul beginning later this summer.

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Korean Air has become the sixth A380 operator worldwide and the first in North East Asia with the introduction on June 17 of revenue service with its first super-jumbo.

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Finnair is planning to increase the frequency of its nonstop flights to Seoul, Nagoya, Osaka and Delhi from the end of 2010 and is launching a new route to Singapore in May 2011, as well as increasing service to Hong Kong in June.

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is beginning daily service to South Korea’s capital Seoul on December 12. Seoul will become the 65th destination on Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways’ network.

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to introduce nonstop service between Honolulu and Seoul-Incheon International Airport starting in January 2011, pending approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs.

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Finnair will operate all-cargo schedules to Helsinki from Hong Kong and Seoul using a Boeing MD-11 widebody which the airline formerly used for passenger services but which it has converted into a freighter.

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German company OASE Living Water has turned the Banpo Bridge in Seoul and the new Mardan Palace hotel in Antalya, Turkey into major tourist attractions with hundreds of brightly lit water fountains.

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