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Korean Air Wins Best Economy Class in World Airline Awards

( SEOUL, July 31, 2007 – Korean Air has claimed the world’s Best Economy Class 2007 in the Skytrax 2006/7 World Airline Awards. The World Airline Awards are recognized around the globe as the leading independent monitor of passenger opinions.

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines were ranked second and third in the category respectively. Korean Air is also named one of the top five airlines in the Best Inflight Entertainment Awards.

“We regard this as a major achievement for any airline, and congratulate Korean Air on securing this very clear vote of customer confidence and satisfaction for their Economy class product and service standards,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, who recognized Korean Air’s “new level of achievement”, which reflects “a strong combination of both product and staff service quality”.

J.H. Lee, President of Korean Air, said, “We are very honored to be voted the Best Economy Class 2007 by millions of travellers. It is very encouraging to know that our innovative and quality service was recognized by passengers all over the world. We will continue to deliver Excellence in Flight and enhance our service and facilities to best serve our customers.”

Korean Air is a frequent winner of industry awards. In February this year, Korean Air was named one of the best Cellars in the Sky by Business Traveller. In March, it won the Mercury Award from the International Travel Catering Association (ITCA) for the development and service implementation of “A Letter From Flying Mom” service for unaccompanied minor passengers. Korean Air also won the global OAG Award for Best Economy Class in April 2007.

The World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax, the largest passenger survey in the world, carried out between August 2006 and June 2007. The 2006/7 survey received over 14 million eligible nominations around the world. Established in 1989, Skytrax is a privately owned UK company, based in London, specializing in air transport industry research.

About Korean Air
Korean Air was named the Best First/Business Class Airline and the Best Frequent Flyer Program in TIME Readers’ Travel Choice Awards 2006. It was voted Best Asia/Transpacific Business Class Service by Business Traveler magazine in 2006. In 2005, Korean Air received the “Phoenix Award" from Air Transport World (ATW) for its success in overcoming challenges in the global airline industry.

Korean Air, with a fleet of 123 aircraft, is one of the world's top 20 airlines, and operates almost 400 passenger flights per day to 114 cities in 37 countries. It is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airlines alliance - partnering Aeroflot, AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM and Northwest Airlines to provide customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. More on Korean Air's programs, routes, frequency and partners is available at

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