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Korean Air is resuming services to Tianjin, China. It is one of multiple Korean carriers slowly resuming flights to China. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Korean Aviation Faces a Critical Moment Amid the Virus Outbreak

After three months of the Coronavirus outbreak, South Korea became one of the most affected countries outside China. According to the Korea Civil Aviation Association, the international passenger volume dropped 65 percent in the last week of February. The figure showed the passenger volume to China dropped by 85 percent, meanwhile, the Japanese and Southeast Asian markets also recorded a big fall in volume by 70 and 62 percent respectively. The airline industry assumes that total losses may reach $4.2…

Asiana Airlines Set to Confirm New Sale Deal on Friday

According to local media, Asiana Airlines, the second-largest airline in South Korea, is expected to sell on Friday. The consortium consists of Hyundai Development Co. and Mirae Asset Daewoo Co. After weeks of negotiations, Kumho Asiana Group agreed to sell a 31 percent stake in the airline for 2.5 trillion…

Asiana Airlines Temporarily Suspends Seoul to San Francisco Flights

As a result of a tragic accident in 2013, Asiana Airlines is being forced to suspend its daily service from Seoul to San Francisco for 45 days starting Mar. 3, 2020. On July 6, 2013, Asiana flight 214 attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport when the aircraft's tail…

Asiana LAX-Bound A380 Catches on Fire in Seoul

The engine of an Asiana Airlines Airbus A380 caught on fire during refueling at Incheon International Airport in Seoul on Friday afternoon. The plane, HL7652, was about to carry out flight OZ 202 to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Travelers inside the terminal saw smoke and sparks coming from the…

Korean Air to Cut Japan Routes in Favor of Southeast…

Korean Air has announced major changes to its Japan flight schedule for the winter travel season. The Seoul-based carrier will be suspending and reducing some of its major routes to Japan from several of its hubs and focus cities in South Korea. While some will be temporarily suspended, others will…

Korean Air to Cut Japan Routes in Favor of Southeast…

Korean Air has announced major changes to its Japan flight schedule for the winter travel season. The Seoul-based carrier will be suspending and reducing some of its major routes to Japan from several of its hubs and focus cities in South Korea. While some will be temporarily suspended, others will…

Asiana’s Removal of First Class Highlights a Larger Industry Trend

Earlier this week Asiana Airlines surprised a good portion of the aviation community by announcing that they would no longer be offering a first class product. Overall Asiana only offers first class on three routes so it’s not that really that big of a deal. It’s not like Cathay Pacific…

Asiana Faces More Financial Tribulations, Cuts First Class Offering

South Korea-based Asiana has announced that it will stop offering first class service in September. Also, the beleaguered carrier will terminate service to the Indian city of New Delhi and the Russian city of Khabarovsk and Juschno-Sachalinsk in July. Earlier, their arch-rival, Korean Air, announced that they will also cancel…

Asian Infusion: A Look at Honolulu’s Increasing Asian Competition

While Honolulu may be a popular destination for many Americans to travel to every year, the success airlines have found flying west of the islands has created a large market to the Oceania and Asia market. As a result, heavy competition has ensued in the years following as carriers try…

Chaebol Conquest: A Look at Korean Aviation

While many western companies have seen the rise of corporate conglomerates since the 1990s, the South Korean market has had a long history of Korean conglomerates, which are locally called chaebols, dominating the market. As to be expected, the aviation industry is no stranger to chaebols, with the top three…