Passengers on Korean Air flight KE81 from Seoul to New York are the first to experience the airline’s new cabin products Kosmo Suites (First Class), Prestige Sleeper (Business Class) and New Economy (Economy Class). Flight KE82 is the return flight from New York’s JFK International Airport to Incheon International Airport.
The daily service uses a Boeing B777ER, which along with other aircraft in Korean Air’s fleet like the Airbus A330, is being equipped with 180-degree lie-flat beds in First Class, 170-degree Prestige Class seats in Business Class and ergonomically designed seats in Economy Class. A state-of-the-art AVOD system, offering a 23-inch screen in First Class, 15.4-inch screen in Business Class and 10.6-inch screen in Economy Class plus over 60 movies, 40 short features, 300 CDs, 40 games and 15 audiobooks in the amusement line up, is part of the latest retrofitting.
According to James Ng, Korean Air manager of the Skypass, advertising, public relations and corporate sales of the regional office Hongkong, the enhancements will appear on aircraft deployed to long-haul and regional routes between this month and April 2011. Currently, 70 aircraft – all of which have been in service for six years – are being spruced up in Korean Air’s hangar in Gonhang-dong, Seoul, each job taking an average of 25 days to complete. The US$200 million project entails the replacement of 9,720 seats with the help of 28,800 technicians.
Korean Air expects to be operating a total of 96 environmentally friendly aircraft by 2014.
For more details, visit www.koreanair.com
Margie T Logarta