Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., operating as Korean Air, is the largest airline in South Korea based on fleet size, international destinations and international flights. The airline’s global headquarters are located in Seoul, South Korea.
Korean Air’s international passenger division and related subsidiary cargo division together serve 127 cities in 44 countries, while its domestic division serves 12 destinations. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried and is also the top-ranked international cargo airline. Incheon International Airport serves as Korean Air’s international hub. Korean Air also maintains a satellite headquarters campus at Incheon.
Korean Air was originally founded as the Korean National Airlines in 1946. After several years of service and expansion, the airline was fully privatized in 1969 and commenced operations on the 1st of March 1969. The airline celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2014. The majority of Korean Air’s pilots, ground staff, and flight attendants are based in Seoul.
Korean Air is the parent company of Jin Air and is a founding member of SkyTeam. The alliance has since become the second largest alliance in the world, behind Star Alliance. It was voted Asia’s best airline by Business Traveler readers in 2012.
Prestige Class seats include “Prestige Sleeper” seats on all Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A380s, as well as 777-200ER aircraft that feature “Kosmo Suites” seats; “Prestige Plus” seats on most of the Boeing 777-200ER fleet, most of the Boeing 747-400 fleet, and one Boeing 777-300; and “old Prestige Class” seats. “Prestige Sleeper” seats recline to 180 degrees, while “Prestige Plus” seats recline up to 172 degrees. “Old Prestige Class” seats recline up to only 138 degrees, although these seats are being phased out except for on Boeing 737 aircraft.
The 777-300ER (“ER” for Extended Range) is the C-market version of the -300. It features raked and extended wingtips, a wing aspect ratio of 9.0, a new main landing gear, reinforced nose gear, and extra fuel tanks.It also has a strengthened fuselage, wings, empennage, and engine attachments. The -300ER is powered by the GE90-115B turbofan, which is the world’s most powerful jet engine in service, with a maximum thrust of 115,300 lbf (513 kN).Its maximum range is 7,370 nautical miles (13,650 km), made possible by higher MTOW and increased fuel capacity. The -300ER can fly approximately 34 percent farther than the -300 with a full load of passengers and cargo.Following flight testing, aerodynamics refinements have reduced fuel burn by an additional 1.4 percent.
The first -300ER was delivered to Air France on April 29, 2004. The -300ER is the best-selling 777 variant, having surpassed the -200ER in orders in 2010 and deliveries in 2013. Since its launch, the model has been a primary driver of the twinjet’s sales past the rival A330/340 series. Using two engines produces a typical operating cost advantage of around 8–9 percent for the -300ER over the A340-600, along with a 20 percent fuel burn advantage over the 747-400. Several airlines have acquired the -300ER as a 747-400 replacement amid rising fuel prices. As of January 2016, -300ER deliveries to 39 different customers totaled 620, with 176 unfilled orders. Operators had 575 aircraft in service as of July 2015. The -300ER’s direct Airbus competitors have included the A340-600HGW and the A350-1000.