6thfreedom
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Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:25 am

I posted this in the Australian thread, but I think it warrants its own thread.
Great news for Melbourne. Seems like the Korean market was growing, even without direct air links.


http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...vice/2007/09/04/1188783237579.html

Korean Air to announce new Melbourne service
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AdvertisementMELBOURNE is set to welcome its 20th international airline with Korean Air to announce today that it will fly three times a week direct into Tullamarine.

From October 22, Victorians will be able to fly direct to Seoul from Melbourne on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Currently Victorians wanting to fly to Seoul must either go via Sydney or lay over in Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong.

The announcement comes a week after Transport Minister Mark Vaile announced a deal had been reached with the Korean Government to allow up to 8500 seats each way a week between Korea and Australia.

Korea is one of Australia's biggest tourism markets with forecasts predicting a 65 per cent increase by 2016 to 71,000 Korean visitors a year. Last year alone, Melbourne hosted 43,000 Korean visitors, over 45 per cent more than the previous year.

"The decision is the culmination of more than four years of negotiation by the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport to secure non-stop services by Korea's largest carrier," Victorian Industry Minister Theo Theophanous said.

"Korean Air will provide non-stop services directly into the airline's Seoul hub, with onward connections to an extensive northern hemisphere network."
 
Boeingluvr
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:10 pm

In know they had a 772 in YYC three times a week this summer. Just ended though. Perhaps this has something to do with the three per week into Melbourne.
 
6thfreedom
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:11 pm

Quoting Boeingluvr (Reply 1):
In know they had a 772 in YYC three times a week this summer. Just ended though. Perhaps this has something to do with the three per week into Melbourne.

KE has operated a charter program to Melbourne for the last 2-3 years.
MEL will be operated with an A332, not B772, so I don't think they're interrelated..
 
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:02 pm

Ahh did not know. Just a thought as it's the same weekly rotation and it is commencing as this service is ending.
 
gardermoen
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:22 pm

Finally, the first Skyteam carrier arrives in Melbourne.
This should open up a new option for Europe bound travellers, especially as KE always offer some of the cheapest fares from BNE/SYD to Europe.
 
HeeseokKoo
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:47 pm

Now the schedule is loaded.

KE817 ICN MEL 1915 0810+1 MoWeFr
KE818 MEL ICN 0940 1845 TuThSa

Launches October 22. A333 only for the first week, and then goes A332 after then.
 
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:20 pm

Changes to KE125/126 from March 31st 2008 with all KE's flights to BNE, SYD, MEL, AKL and NAN being renumbered.

Flights look to actually be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Anyway good news for MEL!
 
IndianicWorld
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:54 pm

This is fantastic news.

MEL-ICN has been a route the airport has been targeting for while from things i have read.

Lets hope it is a success.

With this and CX's 3rd daily service coming online in Oct there certainly will be more options to choose into Asia and beyond.

So MEL now has service to:

ASIA

Seoul
Tokyo
Singapore
Manila (rumoured to double from 3-6 per week)
Denpasar
Bangkok
Ho Chi Min City
Hong Kong
Goughzou
Shanghai
Beijing
Kuala Lumpur
Delhi (Rumoured to Commence in Jan '08)
Dubai

EUROPE

London

AMERICA

Los Angeles
San Fransisco
Honololu (Ceasing soon)

PACIFIC

Auckland
Wellington
Christchurch
Hamilton
Palmerston North
Dunedin
Nadi

Not too bad at all. Airlines must be loving the current capacity crunch though with increased LF% and yield through increased pricing that can be charged.
 
gardermoen
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:47 pm

Indianicworld - you can add Mauritius to that list, Hanoi (the VN flights operate MEL-SGN-HAN), and Doha(sometime in 2008 when Qatar Airways finally get around to launching daily flights).
There are no more flights between Melbourne and Palmerston North/Hamilton since Freedom quit these routes.

It is also rumourd that Air Vanuatu will commence serives to MEL too.

In regards to the KE flight times, I thought this would be the case, mirroring very much the schedules of other flights to China and Japan. Do these flights offer pretty much immediate connections to/from Europe?
 
HeeseokKoo
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RE: Korean Air Announces 3 Per Week To Melbourne

Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:29 am

Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 8):
Do these flights offer pretty much immediate connections to/from Europe?

Not really. All KE's Australia/NZ routes depart and arrive similar timing in ICN, but should stay one night on the way to Europe, while connected in 3~6 hours on the way back from Europe.

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