As a side note, that will be an incredibly short hop. According to the great circle mapper, there's only 203 miles between SHE and FNJ. Half an hour maybe?
SHE (Shenyang) is the capital city of Liaoning province which borders upon North Korea. There is a large population of Korean ethnicity residing in this city of 8 million people. My experience is that businesses and travels between Shenyang and South Korea have been booming with leaps and bounds since the 90's when formal diplomatic relationship was established between China and S. Korea; whereas ties between Shenyang and the North seems to have lagged far behind if not really dwindled. I just hope the decision to open up this route is based on business and travel demands rather than political purposes.
Between S. Korea and Shenyang, currently as far as I know KE
operates two daily flights between SHE and ICN
: the moring flight KE831 uses A333 and the afternoon one KE833 a B739. KE
used to have a 772 on this route. In addition CZ
also has one or two SHE-ICN
flights using an A300 or MD
-82/90. The direct distance between SHE and ICN
is only a little over 320 miles. However the duration of the flight usually ranges between 1 hour 15 min to 1hour 35 min since all China-S. Korea flights are not authorized to pass directly over North Korea. What a bummer! Hope one day this issue could be resolved.
[Edited 2004-05-29 00:15:58]