August 9, 2020
Creditors of embattled Asiana Airlines Co. are drawing up a set of countermeasures against the potential rupture of a deal to sell the country's No. 2 carrier, as local property developer Hyundai Development Co. is leaning toward withdrawing from the 2.5 trillion-won (US$2.1 billion) deal, industry sources said Sunday.
The state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) last week warned that HDC should proceed with the deal to buy Asiana Airlines, rejecting HDC's request for another round of due diligence on the country's No. 2 air carrier.
August 7, 2020
Korean Air Lines Co. and Asiana Airlines Inc. have bucked the global trend of the devastating aviation industry and made rare quarterly profits, as they focused on cargo flights, defying the coronavirus travel slump.
Asiana Airlines Inc. on Friday joined its bigger local rival Korean Air Lines Co. to report an earnings surprise. In a regulatory filing, the country’s No. 2 carrier said it delivered an operating profit of 115.1 billion won ($96.9 million) in the second quarter, ending six straight quarters of losses. Sales fell 45% on year to 818.6 billion won.
August 6, 2020
Jeju Air may have scrapped plans to acquire a majority stake in Eastar Jet, but it could still take a further W18 billion ($15 million) hit to its bottom line.
“The [stock sale] contract was cancelled after the settlement date [lapsed], but the [advance payment of W11.95 billion was made to] the seller (Eastar Holdings and two others) and [external auditors are currently reviewing] the proper accounting of [a W10 billion] loan [extended] to Eastar Jet,” Jeju said in a 5 August stock-exchange disclosure of its unaudited second-quarter results.
August 4, 2020
Asiana Airlines and its family are headed to go under creditors led by Korea Development Bank (KDB) as the state lender more or less gave up on HDC Hyundai Development by blaming the bidder for stalling and wrecking the buyout deal.
“Kumho Industrial (parent of Asiana Airlines) and KDB have not done anything wrong (during the deal process), and the full responsibility of a deal collapse lies with HDC Hyundai Development,” said KDB Chairman Lee Dong-gull during an online briefing on Monday.
July 23, 2020
Flag carrier Korean Air is to revamped its website and mobile platforms supported by leading European GDS and technology supplier Amadeus. As part of an expanded partnership the airline will use the Amadeus Digital Experience Suite (DES) as it prepares for a post pandemic world.
July 21, 2020
Aero K Airlines, a low-cost startup carrier based in South Korea, has entered into a partnership with Skytrac Systems to enable global mobile data coverage to its fleet of Airbus A320s operated on domestic and international flights. The airline is the final stages of obtaining an aircraft operating certificate with plans to begin domestic flights from Cheongju International Airport next month.
July 20, 2020
According to the Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), passenger volume has taken a nose-dive with the daily average number of passengers plummeting to around 7,000 people in recent weeks. Before COVID-19, around 200,000 passengers made use of the airport every day.
The airport corporation said last Saturday that for the period from January 1 through July 16, the number of visitors to the airport amounted to 18.9 million in total, only half of the tally recorded during the same period last year (38.7 million)
July 20, 2020
Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea’s biggest carrier, said Monday it is seeking to convert some of its passenger jets into cargo planes to keep the business afloat amid the new coronavirus outbreak.
Korean Air will consult with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to remove seats on some of its 26 B777-300ER passenger jets and fill them with cargo, a company spokesman said over the phone.
July 20, 2020
Asiana Airlines has begun reviewing a Plan B as its sale to HDC Hyundai Development is likely to fall through. The faltering airline has reportedly launched a task force to review its options. One of the options is to look for ways for survival under the wing of Kumho Asiana Group. Another option is to promote separate sales of Asiana Airlines and its subsidiaries, including low cost carriers Air Seoul and Air Busan, after handing over some of Asiana Airlines’ service routes to the subsidiaries.
July 16, 2020
South Korean leading budget carrier Jeju Air Co., South Korea’s top budget carrier on Thursday claimed it no longer was bound to the contract to acquire smaller LCC peer Easter Jet Co., but nevertheless left the room open for government mediation before a complete walkout.
July 6, 2020
Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. has tentatively agreed to sell its in-flight duty free and meal service units to the country’s second-largest private equity firm Hahn & Company, with the carve-out expected to secure almost 1 trillion won ($840 million) for the cash-strapped flagship carrier, according to industry sources on July 6.
The two companies are in final discussions on the terms and conditions of the deal which Korean Air plans to report to the board meeting on July 7. The deal value may vary depending on how the meal service is priced.
Additionally, Hahn & Company is considering buying the aviation training center of Korean Air located in Yeongjong Island for an undisclosed sum, which is expected to help solve its liquidity problems caused by the global pandemic.
July 5, 2020
South Korea is set to get another low-cost carrier (LCC) in the next few months with the launch of Aero K. A fun-loving, price-sensitive airline with a twist; Aero K is shaking up the South Korean airline industry in more ways than one.
July 5, 2020
The number of South Korean international air travelers plunged nearly 98 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to data by the Korea Civil Aviation Association on Sunday, the number of air passengers on international routes by local air carriers dipped 97-point-eight percent on-year to 328-thousand in the April-June period.
July 3, 2020
HDC Hyundai Development Co. said Friday it has received all overseas regulatory approvals for its takeover of Asiana Airlines Inc. and is in talks with the airline's creditors for renegotiations over acquisition terms.
Regulators in the United States, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Russia and South Korea already approved HDC's planned takeover of Asiana Airlines. On Thursday, Russia was the final country to approve the integration of the Asiana takeover, the company said in a statement.
June 30, 2020
With COVID-19 raging throughout the world, the aviation industry has experienced its longest battle in decades. In South Korea, mergers and acquisitions have halted since the pandemic began, a development that has proven particularly impactful for the aviation industry and those looking to take part in it.