Korean Air has announced that, effective 29 October 2018, the carrier will use Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for 269 passengers in a three-class seating configuration to service its route connecting Prague with Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Flights will still be offered three times a week during the winter schedule – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“Using Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the Prague – Seoul route will provide passengers headed to Asia with a more comfortable way of travelling in one of the most modern and, more importantly, the quietest aircraft of today. Its use in Prague is thus in line with our responsible approach to sustainable development and, primarily, pursued aviation noise abatement measures,” said Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, adding: “It is also a great example of the development of a route launched in 2004 which continues to grow exponentially, offering passengers more and more in-flight services.”
The construction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is completely different from that of common passenger aircraft. Dreamliners are the first commercial aircraft with an airframe constructed of lightweight carbon fibre composite material. Thanks to their lower weight, the aircraft use 20% less fuel and produce 20% fewer emissions than the same category aircraft. The biggest difference is probably noted by passengers in flight. The interior uses the latest LED lighting technology which changes based on the time of the day and the environment around the aircraft. Windows are 78% larger than the windows of other types of aircraft and there are no plastic blinds. Every window is equipped with a dimming button with five different settings. Korean Air Dreamliners feature six First Class seats, 18 Business Class seats and 245 Economy Class seats. Every First and Business Class seat has its own aisle access and turns into a bed at just the push of a button. Passengers in all travel classes can choose from a wide range of beverages and opt for either a Korean or an international menu.
“We are really glad that we can introduce passengers travelling between Prague and Seoul the most modern aircraft from our fleet. We believe that Dreamliners will help strengthen the position of Korean Air in Prague, one of the most popular European destinations,” Yeong Ho Choe, Korean Air CEE General Manager, said.
This summer season, Korean Air has operated flights to Incheon International Airport with the most modern Boeing 747-8I Jumbo Jet. During previous winter seasons, the carrier operated its flights on the route with Boeing 777-200ER. Thanks to the change of the type of aircraft to Dreamliners, there will be an 8.5% increase in the seat capacity offered on the route compared to last winter’s season.