FOXTROTS 

 

Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning.  Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.

 

 

2007 March 23

 

 

Korean Air. Significant expansion. 

 

At the end of last month, Korean Air added two significant routes in
Malaysia and
Thailand from
Seoul.  
 

 

Frequency to Kota Kinabalu and Pattaya is only 3-4 times weekly with 149-seat B737-800s, but the key factor is that these are almost-entirely tourist-traffic routes. The Pattaya route may take growth from
Thailand’s main resort, Phuket – which has still not recovered from the downturn following the December 2004 tsunami.  
 

 

Korean Air also plans extraordinary expansion of its
China network (including
Hong Kong and
Macau).
 

 

This includes: Operating three daily flights Seoul-Beijing/Hong Kong/Shanghai in 2007; adding 12 new destinations over the next four years from its current 20; expanding cooperation/links with Guangzhou-based China Southern in particular (in the process of becoming a formal member of Sky Team, of which Korean is a founder member).