Korean Air to use Dreamliner to Prague

The winter schedule will see a change in the type of aircraft used

Korean Air announced that starting Oct. 29, 2018, it will fly a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Prague and Seoul.

The aircraft is configured for 269 passengers in three classes.

The winter flight schedule will continue to fly three times a week: on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“We are very glad that we can introduce the most modern aircraft from our fleet to passengers between Prague and Seoul. I firmly believe that the Dreamliner will positively contribute to consolidating Korean Air's position in Prague, which is also one of Europe's most popular destinations,” said Yeong Ho Choe, Korean Air general manager for the CEE region.

The management of Václav Havel Airport Prague is also pleased with the change.

“Deploying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route from Prague to Seoul will enable passengers traveling to Asia to travel more comfortably in one of the most modern and especially quietest aircraft of the day. Its use in Prague will be in line with our responsible approach to sustainable development, especially to solving noise pollution from air traffic,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of Prague Airport, said in a press release.

“It’s also a great demonstration of how a route that has been in operation since 2004 has exponentially evolved, and now offers passengers more and more services on board,” he added.

The design of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is quite different from conventional airplanes. The Dreamliner is the first commercial airplane with an airframe made of lightweight carbon fiber composite material. Thanks to its lower weight, it consumes 20 percent less fuel and produces 20 percent less emissions than other airplanes in the same category.

Passengers will also see a difference on board. The interior uses LED technology that changes depending on the time and environment of the aircraft. Cabin windows are 78 percent larger, and each window is equipped with a button for five different levels of darkening.

The Dreamliner for the Prague route has six first-class seats, 18 business class seats and 245 seats in economy.

Every first- and business-class seat has access to the aisle and just pressing a button turns it into a horizontal bed. Travelers can also choose from a wide range of Korean and international menus in all classes.

The airline has operated flights to Incheon International Airport in the summer season with the Boeing 747-8I. In the winter season, it has operated with the Boeing 777-200ER.

Due to the change of type of aircraft to the Dreamliner, compared to last year winter’s schedule, the seating capacity is almost 8.5 greater.

Korean Air was founded in 1969. In 2017 it transported more than 26 million passengers. Korean Air daily operates over 460 flights to 125 destinations in 44 countries on six continents. It has a fleet of 175 aircraft and employs more than 20,000 employees around the world.

In 2019, Korean Air will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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