30. 05. 2013 - Czech Airlines to Launch Its First Flights to Seoul and Munich on Saturday

Prague, 30 May 2013

On Saturday, the 1st of June, shortly after noon, the Airbus A330-300 OK-YBA will take off from Prague on its first commercial flight in the service of Czech Airlines.  It will head to Seoul, the South Korean metropolis, sporting a new logo on its fuselage commemorating the airline’s 90th anniversary, which it is celebrating this year.  In addition to Seoul, the long-haul Airbus A330-300 will be deployed on Czech Airlines’ flights to Almaty, Moscow and Tel Aviv, and also, in the event of increased demand, on individual flights to other destinations, newly for example to Barcelona and Madrid.  This Saturday, Czech Airlines will also commence operation of a new service between Prague and Munich, offering up to three flights a day.

In June, Czech Airlines will operate two return flights to Seoul per week, departing from Prague on Saturdays and Sundays.  Due to increased interest in flights between Prague and Seoul, Czech Airlines will add a third flight per week as of 2 July 2013, departing from Prague on Tuesdays and returning from South Korea on Thursdays.  Together with its strategic partner, Korean Air, Czech Airlines will operate up to seven return flights per week between Prague and Seoul during the summer holidays – daily except for Thursdays, with two flights on Saturdays.  The two airlines will share codes on the route.  “We were inspired to add a third flight per week on the Prague – Seoul route, due to increased interest in travel to the Czech Republic on markets in South Korea and East Asia.  At this point, we can confirm that flights between the two capitals in the high season, i.e. starting this July, are more than 80% booked.  Should interest continue to increase, Czech Airlines will consider adding a fourth return flight to Seoul,” said Jiří Marek, Czech Airlines’ Vice President for Sales and Marketing.

In addition to Seoul, South Korea, the long-haul Airbus A330-300, which joined the airline’s fleet a few days ago, will also serve selected Czech Airlines flights to Almaty, Moscow and Tel Aviv.  “In order to make use of the new member of our fleet as efficiently as possible, we will also deploy it on an ad-hoc basis on flights to nearer destinations when we note a sudden increase in demand,” said Jiří Marek, adding: “For example, on the 19th of June, the Airbus A330-300 will be deployed on a one-off basis on the return flight to Barcelona, and on the 26th of June also to Madrid.”

Thanks to the strategic partnership with Korean Air and the new Czech Airlines service to Seoul, passengers flying from Prague will gain a number of destinations in East Asia that connect to flights from Prague: to Nagoya, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka and Tokyo in Japan; to Hong Kong and Qingdao in China; to Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam; to Denpasar and Jakarta in Indonesia; to Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; and to Bangkok and the Pacific islands of Guam and Palau (Koror).  While on the other hand, Korean Air passengers flying from Seoul or coming from East Asia can comfortably and without a long layover carry on from Prague to 17 destinations operated by Czech Airlines in Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Ostrava, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Stuttgart and Warsaw.  Passengers transferring at Václav Havel Airport Prague on their way to or from Seoul will appreciate that the transfer time is shorter than at other European airports, being only 45 minutes.

New Logo on Aircraft Fuselages to Celebrate Czech Airlines’ 90th Anniversary
The fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 will be the first in Czech Airlines’ fleet to sport the airline’s new logo commemorating the 90th anniversary of Czech Airlines’ establishment.  The logo is based on Czech Airlines’ existing visual style, the central motif of which is the so-called passion symbol.  Over the course of June and July, this celebratory logo will gradually be placed on other aircraft in Czech Airlines’ fleet, where it will remain until the end of the year.

Commencement of New Service on Munich Route
On Saturday, 1 June 2013, Czech Airlines will also start operating on a new route between Prague and Munich.  Passengers will have a choice of up to three return flights per day, operated by ATR 72 and ATR 42 turbo-propeller aircraft.  In addition, Czech Airlines will boost its other services to Germany.  One flight per day will be added to the existing two on its flights to Berlin and Hamburg as of June.  With 99 return flights per week, Germany will become the country to which Czech Airlines carries passengers most frequently in this year’s high season.

 

Daniel Šabík
Press Spokesperson of Czech Airlines