Thursday, 1 June 2017

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Air Begin Frequent Flyer Program For Pets

For the pooch who logs miles for work, or the kitty who has a vacation home it needs to visit often, Korean Air has launched the frequent flyer program just for them.

Via press release, the airline announced its SKYPETS program, which rewards pets that fly frequently with opportunities to either fly for 50 percent off or completely free.

We should say that this helps their human travel companions, seeing as how it is the ones with opposable thumbs that are pulling out the credit card to purchase a plane ticket more often than not.

The program is quite simple: Your pet earns one stamp for every domestic flight within Korea and two for every International trip. After six stamps, you get half off the animal fees on a domestic trip; An International trip will mandate 12 stamps.

There is also an option to get a free ticket for your pet. Simply, save up your stamps and redeem 12 of them for a domestic flight and 24 for an International excursion.

Getting a stamp is as easy as flying Korean Air, but stamps are only good for three years, so your pet will need to be a prolific flyer. The small ones can enjoy the cabin while bigger pals will need to hang out in the hold.

Pet bookings and requests are simply added to the passenger’s itinerary after registering the pet on Korean Air’s website. Dogs, cats and birds can travel with Korean Air either in the cabin or in the luggage hold, depending on their weight and size.

Korean Air is in good company when it comes to rewarding owners. JetBlue has its JetPaws program, which offers 300 TrueBlue points for each flight to travelers flying with pets.

Virgin Atlantic also continues its Flying Paws program, rewarding its Flying Club Members traveling with pets extra miles to various destinations.

Pack up the dog biscuits and the cute kitty swimming trunks, because the summer is here and it’s time to earn those stamps.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have announced the expansion of their partnership, which includes growing the trans-Pacific network and boosting competition between the United States and Asia.

The two airlines signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday that will provide both Delta Air Lines and Korean Air passengers with access to comprehensive route networks, airline products, airport facilities and customer service.

As part of the joint venture arrangement, the two airlines will share the costs and revenues on flights and coordinating schedules.

Delta and Korean Air will also create a combined network that will reach more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

This agreement deepens our longstanding partnership with Korean Air and will provide the global access and seamless service our customers demand, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a statement.

We look forward to providing customers of both carriers with industry-leading service between the U.S. and Asia.

The agreement between Delta and Korean Air will also include enhanced frequent flyer benefits, expanded codesharing, joint growth in the trans-Pacific market and improved passenger and baggage transit experiences.

In June, Delta will launch a new non-stop service between Atlanta and Seoul, South Korea. Later this summer, Korean Air will also introduce a third roundtrip flight between Los Angeles and Seoul, as well as a second flight between San Francisco and Seoul.

For more information on the partnership between the two airlines, check out the official website of Delta Air Lines.

On Tuesday, officials from Korean Air announced that it would begin revising its rules regarding the use of stun guns and other forcible measures to handle unruly passengers.

The decision to allow crew members to more “readily use stun guns” on disruptive passengers comes as a result of an incident that took place last week in which a drunk Korean man attacked flight attendants and other passengers.

One of the other passengers on the flight was American musician Richard Marx, who claimed the crew on the Korean Air flight from Vietnam to Korea was not properly trained to handle the situation.

While the flight attendants involved in last week’s incident had a stun gun, they did not use it due to fear of consequences. The new changes allow crew members to use a Taser gun as soon as an unruly passenger refuses to comply with verbal warnings.

In addition to the more liberal use of Taser guns, Korean Air officials also announced that the airline will begin banning disruptive passengers who continue to violate the rules. The company also said it would be hiring more male flight attendants to combat the in-flight violence.

The Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said the number of unlawful acts committed aboard Korean airplanes soared to 460 last year from 191 in 2012.

As for the man who caused the incident which resulted in the stun gun changes, prosecutors are looking to arrest the man for his violations of aviation safety laws, which could result in up to five years of imprisonment.