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Korean Air celebrates 15 years of serving Prague

Korean Air has commemorated the 15 year anniversary of the commencement of its scheduled service between Prague and Seoul with a celebration held at Prague Airport, attended by H E Seoung-Hyun Moon, Korean Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Martin Kučera, Executive Director Airport Operations of Prague Airport and Korean Air´s Regional Manager Prague Yeong Ho Choe.

The route between Prague and Seoul is now operated during the winter season by the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a capacity of 269 seats with the Boeing 747-8i aircraft for 368 passengers operated in the summer. Korean Air is one of the few airlines serving Prague to give passengers the choice of three classes of travel, including a first-class cabin.

The airline’s inaugural flight touched down in Prague in 2004, in those days operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, equipped with 257 seats in two travel classes. Over the years, Korean Air has deployed various types of long-haul aircraft on the route, including the Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 747-400. March 2014 even saw a Korean Air A380 aircraft make a one-off touchdown in Prague.

Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said, “The direct connection between Prague and Seoul is one of the most important and the longest-operated long-haul routes from Václav Havel Airport Prague. In the past 15 years, Korean Air has transported over 1.3 million passengers on the route in both directions with over 5,600 departures and arrivals. Thanks to an increasing number of Korean visitors to Prague, we were able to introduce the operation of a passport control e-gate system in March this year. Working with the Czech Foreign Police, Korean Air and the Korean Embassy, we have facilitated a speedy and easy arrival process for Korean visitors.”

Korean Air Regional Manager Prague Yeong Ho Choe said, “We are proud to celebrate both Korean Air’s 50th anniversary and 15 years of the Prague-Seoul route operation this year. The commencement of the route has significantly contributed to the development of tourism and trade between South Korea and the Czech Republic and I believe that this trend is set to continue in the future. Korean Air is deploying newly-introduced aircraft on the Prague route, which is an important destination in our network.”

Summer flight schedule (*All times local)

Flight Number Days of Operation Aircraft Route Departure* Arrival*
KE935 MON, WED, B747-8i Seoul (ICN) – Prague (PRG) 12:45 16:55
KE936 FRI, SAT Prague (PRG) – Seoul (ICN) 18:50 11:50+1