Korean Air begins scheduled flights to the Maldives
Maldives Promotion House – Korean Air has started scheduled flights from Korea to the Maldives. First flight to Maldives KE473 arrived on Sunday morning with the rising sun. Aircraft was welcomed with traditional water cannon salute by fire tenders and arriving passengers were greeted by officials from Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) and travel industry.
South Korean flag carrier will fly, 3-day-a-week service on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport to the Malé’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport via Colombo.
Flights leave Seoul at 10:40pm and arrive Malé at 6:40am after one hour stop in Colombo. On the return they leave Malé at 15:30pm and arrive in Colombo at 17:30; then the flight will depart from Colombo at 18:50 and arrive in Seoul/Incheon at 06:10 the next day. Tickets prices start from USD 750 for round trip.
Korean Air’s new Seoul/Incheon-Colombo-Male route is operated with an Airbus 330-300, seating 276 passengers and equipped with Korean Air’s premium seats. First Class has 6 Sleeper Seats; the 180 degree full-flat beds with 83-inch pitch and 20.6-inch width guaranteeing comfort and freedom during the flight. The Prestige (business) Class has 18 full-flat sleepers with 74-inch pitch and extra-large seat partitions offering comfort and privacy. Passengers in all classes can enjoy the new AVOD(Audio & Video on Demand) system that offers upgraded in-flight entertainment in high resolution and with top processing speed.
“It is a great pleasure for me to announce that Korean Air has restarted its service to Sri Lanka and has also extended the route so that it now flies to the Maldives. I hope that Korean Air’s new service to Colombo and Male will pave the way for an increased exchange in passenger traffic between the nations and create economic benefits between Korea and countries in the Indian Ocean, including with Sri Lanka and the Maldives,” said Chang Hoon Chi, Korean Air’s President & Chief Operating Officer.
Korean Air added that the new service would serve to “enhance the relationship between Korea and countries in the Indian Ocean, and help improve Korea’s ties to the region”.
Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd, operating as Korean Air, is the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea. Its global headquarters are located in Seoul. Korean Air’s international passenger division and related subsidiary cargo division are also based in Seoul. According to its corporate website the airline serves 106 cities in 39 countries, while its domestic division serves 13 cities in Korea. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried.
Incheon International Airport serves as Korean Air’s international hub. Korean Air also maintains a satellite headquarters campus at Incheon. Korean Air was founded by the South Korean Government in 1969 as Korean Air Lines to replace Korean National Airlines (founded in 1948 and indicated in 1929). As of November 2012 the Korean Air has 149 aircrafts.
Maldives is considered the one of the favourite destination for honeymoon by Koreans.