Korean Air's Duty-Free Shops Set to Take to the Skies

Posted Apr 13th 2011 04:30 PMUpdated Apr 14th 2011 03:30 PM


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Aim Aviation

Korean Air is set to unroll physical duty-free shops this spring onboard the first of its new A380 airplanes.

The first shop, which will a feature scaled-down version of its duty-free catalogue, will be available June 10. Inventory will feature the usual popular duty-free items, including products by Lancome, jewelry and travel gear, but only limited amounts of alcohol and no tobacco.

The stores, the first of their kind, according to AIM Aviation, which designed them, will supplement the traditional catalogue sales onboard.

The airline is hoping the shopping outlets will reverse the ongoing dip in onboard duty-free sales since June 2010 by allowing passengers to browse actual products before they buy. Korean Air is the industry leader in onboard duty-free sales.

First class passengers will get dibs on shopping, followed by business and economy classes.

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wow..This is a great idea!.Shopping inside the flight.Especially getting name-brand items onboard..I think every flights should have a dutyfree shop so that passengers still get chance to buy gifts or their personal need items if they miss while on the land.!
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April 14 2011 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And another thing: I am guessing the flight attendants are going to LOVE having this additional duty added to what they already have to do on a flight, plus that means the passengers get just that much less personal service from them becasue they are now salespeople AND he did mention the sales shop is taking the space of 13 seats because the airpline can make more money selling stuff than they would from the 13 seats. The whole thing sounds stupid to me. And very passenger unfriendly, unless you are in first class and like buying this stuff. But then again, if you are flying first class, paying the extra money for duty on these products probably isn't a big deal for you. Sheeeesh!

April 14 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What;s the point, really? First class followed by business class gets first "dibs" on whatever they have stocked on the plane, but they will only be able to stock so much - more choice in the store at the airport. Adn there will be nothing left over for coach class and those in coach who try it will all compete with each other for the pickings... So why are we supposed to get excited about this? Might as well spend the time you are waiting in the airport lounge doing your duty free shopping there. Big whoop-dee-do.

April 14 2011 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And just how much is duty?

April 14 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It won't be very long before we won't be able to fly.

April 14 2011 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply