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Korean Air is the national carrier of South Korea and the largest airline in the country. The airline was founded in 1946 as Korean National Airlines, and since 1969 it is entirely private owned. Korean Air is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and operates the SKYPASS frequent flyer program. It has more than 170 planes which fly to over 120 destinations around the globe.

Since September 2008 one of the destinations is Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. Korean Air operates between Seoul and Tel Aviv three times per week, with Boeing 777-200ER during the summer season, and with Airbus A330-200 in the winter. You can choose Seoul as your final destination, or continue via a connecting flight to Hong Kong, Manila, Narita, Sydney and more.

Information correct as of March 2017.

Why Fly With Korean Air

How to Check-in

Check in period is between 48 hours and one hour before your flight when you do it online or by mobile. If you have a domestic flight within South Korea, you have until 40 minutes before departing. You will then be able to choose your seat and agree to the carry-on and luggage allowance. After completing this process, you will be able to print your boarding pass or have it sent to your mobile device. You can also check-in at the self-service kiosks at the airport; this option is also available at Ben Gurion Airport in Terminal 3. If you prefer it the old fashion way or need assistance, you can always go to the check-in counters at the airport.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

The carry-on baggage allowance of Korean Air is generous. Economy Class passengers may board the cabin with one item with the dimensions of 55x20x40 cm plus one personal item such as laptop or handbag, with a combined weight up to 12 kg. Prestige and First Class travelers can bring two carry-on items plus a personal item with a total weight 18 kg. Each passenger has a free allowance, depending on the destination and fare class. On flights between Seoul and Tel Aviv, Economy Class passengers may check for free one 23kg item. A second item costs $130 and third costs $200. Excess weight up to 32 kg costs $100, and between 33-45 kg you will pay $200. Prestige Class passenger can check two items up to 32 kg each. You will pay $200 for the third piece if needed and $200 for excess weight up to 45 kg. First Class travelers have three 32 kg bags. All classes must not exceed the dimensions 158 cm (height+length+width). Oversized bags up to 203 cm will incur a $200 fee.

Seating

You can select your seat in advance as soon as 361 days before your flight until 48 hours prior to departure. However, emergency seats with extra legroom can only be assigned at the check-in counter at the airport. The legroom in Economy seats is very generous, up to 86 cm and 188-degree recline. The new seats have 10.6” LCD screen and USB port. The premium classes have seats with up to 190 cm space between rows.

Booking Fees

There are no booking or credit card fees when you fly with Korean Air.

Service on Board

Economy Class travelers will enjoy a service of traditional Korean Food, Western, Chinese and Japanese meals, depending on your destination. Snacks, such as samgak kimbop, cup ramen, pizza, and makkoli rice cakes, are served also served. On Prestige and First Class, a luxury Korean meal will be offered, as well as premium wines and champagne. You can pre-order a special meal, including Kosher or Halal, but you must do it at least 48 hours before departure. Inflight entertainment system is available, as well as Duty-Free shopping onboard.

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