Korean Air to Bangkok

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Aug 6th, 2002, 10:26 PM
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Jeanette
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Korean Air to Bangkok

I've just signed up for a 14-day tour to Thailand with Smartours, and they are using Korean Air from LAX. I've heard some horror stories about Korean Air. Should I be concerned???

comments about Smartours area also welcome, though a search of this forum indicates a very positive response to this organization.
 
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Aug 7th, 2002, 01:03 PM
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Korean Air is one of the two worst airlines in the world - safety concern not service. But look at it at a different side: say they crash 10 planes a year (doubt it), it is even not one a month. A lot of tours buy it because of the low fare. The call is yours. I can only recommend to buy a good travel insurance - the credit card insu. doesn't cover as many items as regular insu. do.
 
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Aug 7th, 2002, 02:54 PM
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My husband and I flew Korean Air to Bangkok last January with SmarTours and had the same concerns you expressed. I talked to my son-in-law who is a pilot and he assured me the problems that had plagued Korean Air in the past had been solved and the former president of the airline was in prison! We had a great trip over and back, great service, food etc. And SmarTours can't be beat for providing great tours at great prices. We are going to Australia with them next month.
 
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Aug 7th, 2002, 02:59 PM
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Never mind opinions, the facts are that Korean Air has been sanctioned by our own FAA for maintenance, procedure, and record-keeping violations. As part of this procedure, Delta dropped their code-shares with them. This has had a tremendous financial impact on the airline and ostensibly motivated them to "clean up their act." However, I believe the sanctions are still in place.
 
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Aug 8th, 2002, 08:55 AM
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Okay, your're correct: forget opinions. I did a search on the web for the most current safety report card, and find that on a scale of A to F, Korean Air currently rates a "B". (Yes, it's true that this is improved from it's prior "F" grade.)

For those interested:
http://www.airsafetyonline.com/safetycenter/reportcard.shtml
 
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Aug 9th, 2002, 02:19 PM
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Delta has reinstated its codshare with Korean Air.
 
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