The other big news — literally — is that Asiana Airlines is ordering some Airbus A380 Dreamliners. On the one hand, I wonder if they wouldn't possibly have bought some Boeing 787 aircraft instead, had the long delayed KORUS FTA already been in effect. On the other hand, I wonder if this means that Incheon International Airport will become even more of a hub when it necessarily has to expand in order to service these massive planes (LAX is spending some $1.1 billion for such improvements).
- In FIFA vote, Chung Mongjoon loses vice-presidency to Jordan's Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein (WSJ, Yonhap, Korea Herald)
- Seoul rejects Pyongyang's offer for unconditional talks to ease tensions as "propaganda" charm offensive (Reuters, AP via WaPo, BBC, Xinhua, Bloomberg)
- National Police Agency says Google is illegally collecting email and other data from unsecured wireless networks in South Korea (AP via WaPo, Yonhap, Korea Times, Korea Herald, Joongang Daily)
- Asiana Airlines purchases six Airbus A380 aircraft to be delivered between 2014 and 2017, at cost of US$1.78 billion (Reuters, AP via WaPo, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
- Seventy thousand ROK troops to be deployed to fight spread of foot-and-mouth disease (Yonhap)
- South Korean quarantine authorities to begin vaccinations of animals (Yonhap)