15. 7. 2004 - CSA handling a giant “jumbo jet“
Prague - July 15, 2004
Beginning today, the first regular scheduled service B747-400 operated flight to Prague has been launched. This aircraft type is currently the biggest plane used in passenger transport and this particular one belongs to Korean Air. CSA will provide Korean Air with entire handling services and catering for all 384 passengers.
CSA employees perform the entire aircraft handling within 2 hours, i.e. carry out unloading and loading the freight at volume of 150 cubic metres, cleaning, cabin check, lavatory system treatment, supply water refill or technical check of aircraft.
Apart from aircraft and passenger handling, CSA also provides catering for Prague – Seoul flight.
Business and economy class service both comprise of two services, while the majority of meals is prepared by CSA chefs, who strictly follow the recipes and complex cooking procedures. During 10.2 hours long flight passengers can enjoy Korean specialities such as Korean pickled radish, seaweed soup or bibimbap – Korean traditional dish. It takes approximately 10-12 hours to prepare 384 meals and it all carried out by tens of CSA catering staff.
“The choice of Korean Air, who belongs among the most exacting customers with highest demands on ground and in-flight services, reflects its trust in high quality of CSA Handling and CSA Catering, thus it strengthens their dominant position in the Prague airport,“ said Mr Jiří Pos, Vice-president for ground handling.
Korean Air decided to change the type of aircraft operating this route due to strong demand for regular flight connection between Prague and Seoul.
Boeing 747-400 with maximum range of 13 583 km and maximum cruising speed 990 km/h replaced a 257 seater Airbus A330-200, which has been operating the Seoul - Prague route until now. The aircraft is 70.7 metres long and the wing span is 64.4 metres. It will carry passengers every Monday, Thursday and Saturday departing from Prague at 7:20 p.m. (summer CET), arriving in the Korean capital on the following day at 12:30 p.m. local time. The plane then leaves Seoul on Monday, Thursday and Saturday as well at 1:20 p.m. local time arriving in Prague Ruzyně airport at 5:40 pm (summer CET). Besides the role of handling partner and catering supplier, CSA also takes over the role of exclusive sales agent for Korean Air in the Czech and Slovak Republics.