The European Commission (EC) has granted conditional approval for Korean Air’s merger with Asiana Airlines, marking a significant step forward in the consolidation of the two carriers. The approval is contingent upon Korean Air’s adherence to certain commitments aimed at addressing competition concerns, including divesting Asiana Airlines’ cargo freighter business and facilitating the entry of a new airline on designated passenger routes.
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has granted approval for the business combination of Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, marking a significant step in their merger process. This approval follows engagements and discussions to address competition concerns raised by the JFTC, including divesting slots on certain routes and addressing competition in the cargo network.
Korean Air has released a new inflight safety video featuring virtual humans. The video features a virtual human in a Korean Air flight attendant uniform giving safety instructions within a virtual setting.
In a New Year’s message to the Korean Air team, Korean Air’s Chairman and CEO, Walter Cho, shared that he expected 2024 to be a big milestone for the aviation industry with various changes and innovations shaping the year. Cho emphasized safety and service, and asked his colleagues for their full support to successfully complete the acquisition of Asiana Airlines in 2024.
In the fifth year of Korean Air and Delta Air Line’s successful transpacific joint venture, the two airlines have and continue to organize various campaigns and events in both Korea and the U.S. to celebrate this milestone.
Korean Air will launch a program to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for air cargo operations in cooperation with air cargo customers and forwarders.
Korean Air recently created and donated 500 first aid pouches upcycled from used pilot and cabin crew uniforms to Seoul Gangseo Senior Welfare Center and Incheon Yongyu Elementary School. The first aid kits consisted of essential medicine funded by donations from the airline’s employees.
Korean Air has partnered with GS Caltex, a globally-recognized Korean energy and chemical company, to conduct test flights using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test flights using SAF will be analyzed and the results will be used by the Korean government to establish SAF quality standards and accelerate commercialization.
In support of Korea’s bid to host the World Expo 2030 in Busan, Korean Air will operate a special charter flight with a BLACKPINK livery to Paris, where the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will be taking place.
Korean Air and Delta Air Lines are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the leading joint venture partnership between the U.S. and Asia, a partnership that continues to grow traffic through the region’s premier connecting hub at Incheon International airport (ICN).