Two airlines start Dreamliner service to Prague

Korean Air and Qatar Airways are expanding with Boeing’s most advanced jet

Korean Air and Qatar Airways have both started serving Václav Havel Airport Prague with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Korean Air is using the plane to link the Czech capital to Seoul, and Qatar Airways started using it on one of its routes to Doha.

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

The interior uses LED technology for illumination, changing depending on the time and environment of the aircraft. Cab windows are 78 percent larger than other types of aircraft. Each window is equipped with a button for darkening the windows in five different levels.

The Dreamliner also features better air quality, optimum humidity and lower altitude equivalent pressure. Passengers can breathe more oxygen than any other aircraft. More oxygen means fewer headaches, less dizziness and less fatigue when traveling.

In the winter flight schedule, which has already begun, Korean Air will continue to fly three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft they are using has a capacity of 269 passengers in three classes.

The Korean Air cabin offers six first-class seats, 18 business class seats and 245 seats in the economy class. Every first- and business-class seat has its own access to the aisle and pressing a button turns it into a horizontal bed.

“We are very glad that we can introduce the most modern aircraft from our fleet to the 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,” Yeong Ho Choe, Korean Air’s general manager for the CEE region, said.

In the previous winter season, Korean Air operated a Boeing 777-200ER. Due to the change aircraft to Dreamliner, compared to last year, the seating capacity is almost 8.5 percent higher.

“It’s a great demonstration of how a route that has been in operation since 2004 exponentially evolves and offers passengers more and more services on board,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors at Prague Airport, said.

Qatar Airways also increased its capacity from Doha to Prague, with the Dreamliner replacing an Airbus A320 on one of its two daily runs. The route was opened in August 2017.

“Our flights from Prague are doing very well, so we have gradually increased our capacity by adding new flights during the year, and we are pleased to offer the latest generation of the larger seating capacity Boeing 787 Dreamliner. … Prague has been using this connection for over a year and we are still looking forward to offering passengers a unique five-star service and welcoming them on board our aircraft,” Grisha Jenkov, Qatar Airways’ country manager for Eastern Europe – Central, said.

The Qatar Airways Dreamliner has 254 custom-made seats in two classes, business and economy class.

In the Business Class cabin, each of the 22 seats offers direct access to the aisle with a 1-2-1 configuration.

Prague Airport’s Řehoř praised the change to more efficient aircraft. “The deployment of one of the most modern and quiet aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner … is a positive message for Prague Airport for several reasons: There will be a significant increase in transport capacity, the plane will contribute to a positive solution to noise loads from air traffic around the airport, and at the same time increase the overall comfort of passengers on board during the flights,” he said.

“Its use in Prague will thus be in line with our responsible approach to sustainable development, especially the solution to noise pollution from air traffic,” he added.

Prague Airport, the company that operates Václav Havel Airport Prague, reported strong passenger growth in the summer this year. From July to September, the airport handled a total of 5,484,272 passengers, representing a 9.3 percent year-on-year increase.

This follows on an also strong first six month of the year, when the airport handled a total of 7,463,975 passengers. That was a 10 percent increase over the same period last year.

Taking the summer increase into account, the airport looks set to break last year’s record of clearing 15,415,001 passengers.

Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel's death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

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