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Why Asiana Won't Land at SFO for 45 Days

November 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

It’s been over a year since the crash of Asiana 214 over at San Francisco International Airport, and now it looks like the government of South Korea is penalizing the carrier for its missteps that day.

The country’s transport ministry has made the call to suspend the airline’s ability to from Seoul over to San Francisco. The flight ban will last 45 days, and things will automatically kick in after six months. There is a chance for the airline to appeal and what not, so we just kind of need to stay tuned to see how things shake out.

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Travel Contest: Click to a Free Trip to Korea

September 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM | by | ()

Here's a super easy contest for anyone that wants to pop across the Pacific to wander the streets of Seoul. One look at our epic list of 31 delicious foods to try there, and who wouldn't?

This contest is the brainchild of the folks at Asiana Airlines and you can be entered with just a few clicks of the mouse.

First off, head to the airline's Facebook page and give it a big thumbs up/like it. Besides getting to enter the contest, you'll get all the news of events and promos, so it's kind of a win win.

Then post a comment on the "Best Getaways" post with your picks of the best cities in each of the five categories. Think of your favorite cities for shopping, relaxation, food & drink, people and nightlife and give your reasons for each. Don't worry if a South Korean city doesn't make the list; it's about having fun, getting creative and throwing your name in the hat.

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Another Day, Another Incorrect News Report on Asiana 214

July 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM | by | ()

Who's ready for another round of the newest game sweeping the travel journalism world, "How Racist Can Reporters Get About The Crash Of Asiana Airlines Flight 214" (it's not the world's pithiest name, but it gets the point across). Last round's big winner was the Chicago Sun Times. The Sun Times got into trouble for headlining their story on the crash "FRIGHT 214," which more than one person thought was a not-very-clever reference to the stereotype of Asians being unable to pronounce L's. The paper apologized and that seems to have been that.

Our newest winner, however, may have gone so far over the line that they're probably going to get sued by the airline. And it's not impossible, given the schoolyard racism of the incident, that the airline will win.

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Is This the Stupidest Asiana Airlines 214 Headline Yet?

July 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM | by | ()

We've now reached the point in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tragedy where coverage shifts from being about the story itself, to coverage being about the coverage of the story. Before we continue we want to emphasize that there are some actual angles being covered, from the substantive updates to the actual investigation to the reported heroics of members of the crew.

Then there's travel journalism scandal, which has been covered everywhere from top journalism blogs to international news wires.

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Asiana Airlines 777 Crashes and Burns at San Francisco International Airport

July 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | ()


It's being reported that a flight crashed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport just before noon PST. Details are few in these early stages, and rumors of fatalities have not been confirmed. Even CNN is jumping to conclusions.

At this time, here is what we do know about the incident:

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South Korea Does the Obvious and Names 'Gangnam Style' Singer New Tourism Ambassador

Where: Seoul, Korea
May 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM | by | ()

CNN reported earlier this week that Psy has been named South Korea's new tourism ambassador. To which we immediately thought: ummm...he wasn't that already? Who were they using for tourism advertising instead? Because apparently it wasn't the really popular guy whose music videos have been viewed by billions of people in the recent past. And while we're not experts at this sort of thing, it seems to us like maybe they should have been using the really popular guy whose music videos have been viewed by millions of people in the recent past.

It turns out there's an answer to that question. Since October 2012 the tourism ambassador of South Korea has been Kenny G. No punchline. We're just going to let that hang there with no comment. The face of South Korean tourism for the last 6 months? Kenny G.

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Asiana Flight Attendants Win the Right to Wear Pants

Where: Korea
April 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

After about a year of back and forth and fight after fight, Asiana flight attendants have bucked their dress-code and can now rock up to work wearing a smart pair of pants to serve passengers. A South Korean human rights group has deemed the skirt-only rule for cabin-crew discriminatory, as it is far too gender specific.

For the first time in 25 years, any one of the over 3,000 flight attendants can wear pants to work without a slap on the wrist. The revised 10-page guidelines for what the female crew can wear gets as detailed as how big their earrings can be, what color their hair can be and which type of eye makeup can be worn.

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Air Canada, US Airways and JetBlue Do This Week's New Route Thing

November 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· US Airways:
If there’s one international destination easily accessible from the United States it’s got to be London, and it’s soon going to be even easier thanks to US Airways. The carrier is getting ready to link Charlotte with London-Heathrow, and the flying fun will be done thanks to some of the airline’s Airbus A330s.

US Airways already flies nonstop between Charlotte and London, but the flights are less convenient for some as the flights land over at London-Gatwick. We kind of have a hunch that the Gatwick flights will eventually be dropped in favor of the new Heathrow options, but for now it sounds like nothing has become official. The new flights between Charlotte and London-Heathrow are set to start this spring.

· Southwest:
Southwest isn’t quite yet ready to head south of the border, but thanks to their buddies over at AirTran they’re one step closer. It sounds like Southwest—through AirTran—has their eyes set on another international destination, and this time they’re planning to connect Denver with Los Cabos.

Nothing is official as of yet, but the airline has sent an email over to Uncle Sam asking for permission to start linking the two cities. The thing is that only a certain amount of flights can head back and forth—and they’re already at the limit. However, Southwest is kind of mad that Frontier and Republic are hogging one too many of the options, so they’re ready to add their blue-bellied planes into the mix.

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Asiana Airlines Flight Attendants Fight for the Right to Wear Pants

Where: Korea
March 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM | by | ()

Let them wear pants! Asiana Airlines female cabin crew have spoken out against employer regulations mandating them to wear skirts while working. The flight attendants, with help from their union, have proposed to executives to offer more uniform options beyond just knee length skirts.

Asiana has fought back by saying the uniform was based on traditional Korean dress called a hanbok and women didn't wear pants with this dress. For those that don't know what a hanbok looks like, it is a high-waisted dress, so it makes sense that women wouldn't wear pants. Asiana has no plans to change the uniforms rules in the future. Alas, the desire for a change doesn't stop at just the skirts.

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Costa Rica Loves Them Some JetBlue, Plus More New Routes This Week

July 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· JetBlue:
This week’s top spot has to go out to JetBlue, as the airline that’s all about free in-flight snacks and television has added it’s 70th different global destination. It’s Liberia in Costa Rica, and the new flights are headed between there and New York-JFK four times a week. They’ll be using Airbus A320s to serve the new routes and plan to fly into the brand new terminal at Oduber Quirós International Airport. The flights are scheduled for Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays and will leave JFK around 10am and get to Costa Rica around 2pm.

· Caribbean Airline:
If you’re sick of Mickey Mouse and theme parks you might want to consider the latest option from Caribbean Airlines. This week the airline started nonstop flights between Orlando and Port of Spain—that’s in Trinidad and Tobago—thanks to a little help from Boeing 737s. The new flights run twice a week now through the beginning of September. It might not have the booming tourist economy of some of the other island nations, but you really can’t go wrong with pretty much anywhere in the Caribbean—right?

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Asiana Airways Introduces the 'OZ Quadra Smartium' Seat

August 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM | by | ()

It seems that anytime we discuss airline seating it’s either about the worst of the worst or the best of the best, and today we’re talking about the newest and the best from Asiana Airlines. They’ve invested some serious time and cash to the development of their newest business class seat, and they have even given it an awesome name: OZ Quadra Smartium Seat. Alright it’s a little wordy, but we’d love to give the Smartium a try.

The name comes from the flight code for Asiana Airlines—OZ—and "Quadra" is about the four smart features available on the seat. The new seat is able to go fully flat and is 74 inches long, enabling most to stretch out without a problem. There’s separate space between each seat to read US Weekly in private, and direct access to the aisle means you can overdo it on in-flight champagne and not bother anyone to use the restroom. Overall the up front cabin will have only 24 seats—a reduction of eight from the previous design—giving everyone more space for in-flight comfort.

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