Korean Air to up capacity in winter 2013 schedule

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Korean Air has confirmed changes planned for the upcoming winter schedule, which starts on 27 October.

The carrier will increase its Seoul Incheon-Bangkok frequency from three to four times daily, while adding three and four weekly services respectively on the Seoul Incheon-Da Nang and Seoul Incheon-Kagoshima routes, raising their frequencies to daily.

An additional weekly service will be added on the Seoul Incheon-Oita and Seoul Incheon-Moscow Sheremetyevo routes, increasing their frequencies to three and five times weekly respectively. The frequency increase on the Seoul Incheon-Oita route will take place on 25 December, says a spokeswoman for the carrier.

It will also reduce the Seoul Incheon-Honolulu service from 14 to 12 times weekly, while maintaining a daily Seoul Incheon-Tokyo Narita-Honolulu service, says an airline spokeswoman.

Korean Air also plans to increase capacity on its American routes, while downgauging its European services.

It will upgauge one of its daily Seoul Incheon-Los Angeles services to an Airbus A380, while maintaining 17 times weekly services. With the change, Los Angeles will see twice daily A380 services. It will also increase A380 operations on its Seoul Incheon-Atlanta route from three to seven times weekly.

On the European front, the carrier will deploy Boeing 777-200ERs on its thrice weekly Seoul Incheon-Rome-Milan Malpensa and Seoul Incheon-Frankfurt services, replacing 747-400s and A380s on the two routes respectively.

The airline will also substitute 777-300ERs for 747-400s on the daily Seoul Incheon-Paris service, while on the Seoul Incheon-Prague route, A330-200s will replace 777-200ERs, the spokeswoman adds.