I was all set to publish a piece talking about Korean’s remarkable Q3 operating profit… and then that story was dwarfed by blockbuster news. Korean’s parent will buy nearly two-thirds of rival Asiana for KRW $1.8 trillion (~$1.6 billion) with KRW 800 billion of that coming from the government’s development … Read the post
For many years, Delta seemed like an airline in search of an Asia strategy while its competitors pushed forward definitively. Now that the Korean Air joint venture is in place, however, the combined Delta/Korean efforts looks like an airline on a mission. They have plowed forward, most recently with a … Read the post
It seems like we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. First we heard the news that the long-frosty relationship between Delta and Korean had begun to thaw. Then we heard that the airlines planned to create a joint venture. Now, regulatory approval has been received on both sides … Read the post
Today I want to talk about a very important topic. Asia.
Oh, shoot. In the heat of the moment I picked the wrong image. Of course, I’m really writing today about air service between the US and the continent of Asia. Last week there were a couple of big developments. … Read the post
Airlines announce codesharing relationships all the time, and I usually don’t give them a second look. But when an announcement came through yesterday that Korean and American would begin codesharing, I had to do a double take. This may very well ruffle some feathers, but more importantly, it’s a … Read the post
For many years, Delta and United had very different operational strategies for Asia. United long ago shifted from focusing on its Tokyo hub to overflying Tokyo to points beyond thanks to the strength of its San Francisco hub. Delta never had that key west coast gateway, so it continued to … Read the post
Delta has made it clear that it wants a bigger piece of the Hollywood crowd’s business. What’s the best way to do it? Start acting like a Hollywood-type and get into an ugly public spat. It’s only a matter of time before the paparazzi show up, right?
The very public … Read the post
Last week I didn’t write for any other publications because of my Korea trip. But I’m back as usual this week.
This Is Where Your In-Flight Meals Grow: A Photo Tour of Korean Air’s Farm – Conde Nast Daily Traveler
I was lucky enough to have an in-depth look at … Read the post