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Korean Air plans new China connection

KOREAN Air's budget short-haul carrier Jin Air plans to launch a direct service to China in October in its first batch of international flights.

The carrier is still in talks with government authorities to determine the destinations in China. Thailand will be another destination in the first batch.

The new service is part of Korean Air's efforts to expand in the Chinese market despite the gloomy international aviation market.

Korean Air will also launch five weekly flights from Seoul to Xi'an City on May 27, and three weekly flights from Seoul to Mudanjiang on June 2 to increase its Chinese routes to 30.

The carrier has expanded code-sharing agreements with China Southern Airlines and now has 258 code-sharing flights with Chinese carriers.

"Shanghai is the financial capital of China and attracts more than 60 airlines world wide, so Korean Air will try its best to develop its potential in the city," Yong Chul Kim, manager of the carrier's Shanghai office, said today.

Revenue from Shanghai has accounted for 16 percent of the carrier's total revenue in China. The carrier will cooperate with, China's major online travel company, to enhance its online sales and develop more tourist products.


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