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Medevac Surion conducts maiden flight

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has conducted the first flight of a KUH-1 Surion utility helicopter optimised for military medevac missions. The first flight took place at KAI’s Sachon production facility and lasted for 20 minutes, says the company in a statement. The 8.7t medevac Surion will first be delivered to the South Korean army in 2018. In 2014, state news agency Yonhap report...

Nut-rage incident prompts South Korea to amend aviation law

South Korea has introduced a new “anti-nut rage” law, prompted by an angry outburst by the daughter of Korean Air’s boss over a bag of macadamias. The revised aviation law, which drastically toughens punishments on unruly passengers, was a direct result of the “nut rage” incident involving Cho Hyun-Ah in December 2014, the transport ministry said. “Th...

KAL-ASD wins $333.5m UAV contract

The Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has won a $333.5 million contract to produce its KUS-7 UAV for the South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). In a statement, KAL-ASD gave no details about the number of aircraft it will produce, but the contract runs from 2016 to 2020. According to its website, the KUS-7 has an operational radius of 50km and c...

KAI, Lockheed rollout T-X prototype

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has revealed the prototype that will form the basis of Lockheed Martin’s bid for the US Air Force’s T-X next generation trainer competition. Based on the T-50 family of trainer/light fighter aircraft, the company’s “T-X demonstrator aircraft” will conduct ground and flight tests in 2016, says KAI in an email to Flightglobal. In 2017...

Girl Band Arrested at Airport After Being Mistaken for Sex Workers When Authorities Searched Luggage

A girl band was arrested at an airport after they were mistaken for being sex workers. K-Pop group Oh My Girl were travelling to the U.S. for an album cover shoot when they were stopped at Los Angeles International Airport by authorities. The eight-piece, aged between 16 and 21, were detained in customs for 15 hours on Thursday after officers searched through their costumes and props, t...

South Korea, China to Hold Talks on Cutting Flight Delays

South Korea and China will hold their annual air traffic management meeting this week to discuss ways to reduce flight delays between the two countries, the government said Monday. The three-day meeting, scheduled to kick off on Tuesday in Seoul, will focus on ways to handle the spike in bilateral air traffic, a representative from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said. Gov...

South Korea Clears Brazilian-Made Jet for Passenger Service

South Korea on Wednesday cleared a Brazilian-made regional jet for passenger operations here so it can start commercial flights in the first half of 2016. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said an aircraft and engine safety validation certificate has been given to Embraer S.A.'s EMB-145EP twin-engine jet. "The plane with a range of 2,800 kilometers and able to...

Korea’s First FBO Set to Debut

With the opening of the Seoul-Gimpo Business Aviation Center just months away, members of the Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) and Avjet Asia are here at the NBAA show (Booth C13029) to provide information about the new facility and the services it will offer. KAC owns the facility, and Avjet Asia will assist in its management. The Seoul-Gimpo Business Aviation Center is S...

Aircraft Takeoffs, Landings to Be Halted for College Entrance Exam in South Korea

All aircraft takeoffs and landings at South Korean airports will be suspended for 35 minutes on Thursday to prevent noise from affecting the nationwide university entrance exam. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Wednesday that takeoff and landing operations will be put on hold Thursday from 1:05 p.m. through 1:40 p.m. "The move is to prevent aircraft noise fro...

Asiana Airlines Finalises Order for 25 A321neo Aircraft

South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 A321neo aircraft. The contract, which finalises a commitment announced earlier this year, was signed at a special ceremony in Seoul by Kim Soo Cheon, President & CEO, Asiana Airlines and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. Seating 180 passengers in a two class layout, the new aircraft will be operat...

Korean Air confirms order for 30 Boeing 737 MAXs

Korean Air has finalised its order for 30 Boeing 737 MAXs and two Boeing 777-300 Extended Ranges in a deal worth about $4 billion. The airline announced its intention to purchase the aircraft at the  Paris Air Show on 15 June. Korean Air also has the option for an additional 20 737 MAXs, which if exercised, would bring its total order to 52 aircraft. Boeing Comm...

Korea expands international air service agreements

South Korea is expanding its air services agreements (ASAs) with key international destinations, including India and Austria. The new agreement with India raises allocations from 6X-weekly to 19X-weekly for carriers between the two countries, and also includes a relaxation of codeshare restrictions between operators in the two countries. The Austria-Korea agreement is more wide-ranging and c...