Korean Air partners with YG Entertainment
(Seoul, March 2023) - Korean Air and YG Entertainment (YG) have signed an agreement to promote Korean culture globally. Korean Air Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Kenneth Chang and YG Co-CEO Hwang Bo Kyung participated in the signing ceremony on March 15 at the Korean Air headquarters.The agreement will be a stepstone in further promoting K-culture and its brand value by leveraging Korean Air’s extensive global network and YG’s role as a pioneer in K-pop culture.
As a first step, Korean Air is to become the official airline sponsor of YG artist Blackpink’s world tour, and will provide discounted plane tickets and waive additional baggage fees for artists and staff part of the tour until August this year. YG will provide concert tickets, signed CDs and posters for Korean Air’s SKYPASS members. Korean Air passengers will also be able to enjoy a special welcome message by Blackpink on board.
Korean Air and YG will continue to seek innovative methods to collaborate and create synergy by utilizing the two companies’ strengths.
"Although the aviation and entertainment sectors have different characteristics, we expect Korean Air's solid global network and YG's insight in K-pop content to be leveraged to create synergy," said the airline’s CMO, Kenneth Chang.
Korean Air is actively promoting Korean culture by expanding its in-flight entertainment choices to include more Korean dramas, entertainment shows and K-pop. The airline has also recently introduced new traditional Korean meal options from braised mackerel, spicy pork wraps and acorn jelly to Korean-style vegan options.
About Korean Air
Serving the world for more than 50 years, Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airlines, carrying more than 27 million passengers in 2019, pre-COVID. With its global hub at Incheon International Airport (ICN), the airline serves 120 cities in 43 countries on five continents with a modern fleet of 156 aircraft and over 19,000 professional employees.
The airline’s outstanding performance and commitment to the highest level of safety and customer service was further highlighted during the pandemic, granted numerous awards including 2021 Airline of the Year and 2022 Cargo Operator of the Year by Air Transport World, and a 5-star COVID safety rating from Skytrax.
Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and has grown into one of the largest transpacific airlines through its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
Dedicated to providing Excellence in Flight, Korean Air’s vision is to be a respected leader in the world airline community.