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Great news, Hawaii! Budget airline Jin Air will begin direct flights between Incheon, Korea, and Honolulu on Dec. 19 using the Boeing 777-200ER plane, which seats 451 people. Flights will run five days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Flights will depart at 8:40 p.m. from Incheon International Airport and arrive in Honolulu the same day at 9:20 a.m. Return flights will depart at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in Incheon at 4:55 p.m. the next day. Regional carrier Jin Air, a subsidiary of Korean Air, joins Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Hawaiian Air in providing direct flights between Seoul and Honolulu. Hawaii will be its first long-haul international route.

Round-trip pricing for Incheon to Honolulu starts at just under 560,000 won. The current exchange rate is around 1,180 won to the dollar, making the fare around $474. Jin Air will spur more Korean tourists to Hawaii and many kamaaina to Korea with this low rate. Panda Travel, one of the travel agents that can book for Jin Air, is sure to market a tour to Korea with a very low price!

This week’s synopses

“Here Comes Jang Bori”
Episodes 41 and 42

Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: Min-jung is scared out of her wits when Ji-sang brings Dong-gu an envelope supposedly containing a very important piece of information. Dong-gu tells Hwa-yeon to find out if Min-jung and Do are really mother and daughter. Soo-bong invites Dong-gu’s family home, saying he found Eun-bi.

Sunday, 7:45 p.m.: Jae-hee is enraged when he sees the video of Min-jung and Ji-sang’s engagement ceremony. Min-jung threatens Jae-hee, saying that he will be in trouble if the truth comes out that Hwa-yeon is the one who caused the death of Jae-hwa’s mom.

“Mrs. Cop”
Episodes 3 and 4

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Two years have passed since the close of the Yeomchang-dong serial killings. Young-jin is no longer a detective, but a police officer at a neighborhood substation. Jong-ho tries to bring Young-jin back to join a special task force investigating a suspicious suicide case.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m: Young-jin catches a murder suspect of Lee Mi-kyong. But Young-jin realizes Han is not the real killer and digs into the case again, and in the process attracts Chairman Kang’s attention. Young-jin starts recruiting for her new team.

“The Gang Doctor”
Episodes 3 and 4

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Tae-hyun hides himself when he hears a rolling cart outside during his secret surgery. He peeks outside to see Yeo-jin holding a broken glass to her neck. Do-joon is furious when he hears the news about Yeo-jin.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Tae-hyun finds something odd when he examines Yeo-jin, who is in a coma. He decides to follow Dr. Lee when he learns So-hyun is moved up in the liver transplant list. Doo-chul checks into the 12th floor to treat his gunshot wound. Dr. Lee puts Tae-hyun in charge of Doo-chul.

“The Time We Were Not In Love”
Episodes 15 and 16 (Final episode)

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-na and Won confirm their feelings for each other at the airport before Won leaves on his business trip to Paris as scheduled. When he returns, Ha-na and Won feel a little awkward around each other, but soon get used to their new relationship.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Won is disappointed when Ha-na puts him on the back burner and spends more time at work. Dae-bok draws a Web comic based on Won’s scenario, which becomes a huge hit. Ha-na and Won plan their special wedding day.

Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Reach him at 521-8066 or

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