Category Archives: Korean Air

Delta launches new flights across the Pacific in partnership with Korean Air

Delta Air Lines made this announcement:

  • The new flights connect Minneapolis/St. Paul with Seoul, South Korea, and Seattle/Tacoma with Osaka, Japan. 
  • Flights are first additions to the Delta-Korean joint venture’s network since the partnership launched in May 2018; Boston-Seoul service operated by Korean Air also launches April 12.

​Delta is bringing customers more options for travel across the Pacific with direct service launching today connecting Minneapolis/St. Paul with Seoul, South Korea, and Seattle with Osaka, Japan.

The two new Delta flights, together with Korean Air-operated service between Boston and Seoul beginning April 12, are the first additions to the partnership’s network since the joint venture launched in May 2018.

Seoul-Incheon connects Delta’s MSP hub to over 80 destinations across Asia with Korean Air


In addition to enjoying among the best connections between the Midwestern U.S. and Asia, customers on Delta’s new Seoul-Minneapolis/St. Paul flight will enjoy will airline’s award-winning service onboard a newly upgraded 777-200ER.

This aircraft features all new cabins, including 28 award-winning Delta One suites with a full-height door, memory foam seats and state-of-the-art design; 48 Delta Premium Select cabin seats with elevated personal service, plated meals and more space to stretch out with recliner seat rows; 90 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 112 all-new Main Cabin seats – the widest in the Delta international fleet – in a nine-abreast configuration. The new cabins enjoy in-seat USB and 110V power ports, inflight Wi-Fi and new dynamic LED lighting that varies by phase of flight fostering a relaxing, refreshing environment onboard. These flights also feature menus in all cabins crafted by Michelin two-star Chef Kwon Woo Joong.

The service is Delta’s second trans-Pacific nonstop flight from its MSP hub, complementing existing service to Tokyo-Haneda.

Seattle/Tacoma-Osaka route expands partnership’s presence in Japan

The Seattle/Tacoma-Osaka route represents a significant addition to the Delta and Korean Air trans-Pacific joint venture partnership, which serves 12 destinations in Japan — giving shared customers optimized schedules, a more seamless customer experience and improved loyalty program benefits.

Delta is deploying Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the new route, equipped with 25 fully flat-bed seats in Delta One, 29 seats Delta Comfort+ and 171 seats in the Main Cabin.

Delta operates more than 150 peak-day departures to more than 50 destinations from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Delta is Seattle’s fastest-growing airline, growing by more than 50 percent since 2012 and 5 percent this summer.


Korean Air unveils special aircraft logo to celebrate 50th Anniversary

Korean Air has announced that ten aircraft will display a special emblem and slogan to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

The special aircraft livery will depict the number 50 with a plane flying over it alongside the slogan “Beyond 50 Years of Excellence”. The number 50 symbolizes Korean Air’s 50th anniversary and features a stylized taegeuk design. Taegeuk is the iconic mark of the Korean Flag.

The slogan “Beyond 50 Years of Excellence” emphasizes Korean Air’s contributions during the last 50 years to Korea’s airline industry, and also highlights the national carrier’s ambitions to make the next 50 years even better for the company. Employees of Korean Air took part in the design and selection process of the emblem and slogan.

Korean Air will operate a total of ten aircraft with the special livery, two of each of the following aircraft types: A380-800, B787-9, B777-300ER and A220-300, as well as a B737-8 MAX later this year.

Korean Air’s Boeing 777-300ER from Incheon to San Francisco was the first plane with the special livery to take to the sky on February 14. The other 50th anniversary-themed aircraft will be added to various global networks of Korean Air, as well as domestic routes, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Korean Air on March 1. The emblem and slogan will be on the side of the ten planes until the end of 2019.

Korean Air announces its winter schedule, increasing frequencies of key routes

Korean Air Boeing 737-9B5 HL7726 (msn 30001) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907818.

Korean Air has announced changes to its flight schedule in time for the 2018 winter season, which commenced on October 28, 2018. The changes include launching new routes and increasing service frequency on key routes that have shown steady growth.

Korean Air has launched a new, regular service between Danang, Vietnam, and Busan, Korea, which will run daily and operate on Boeing 737-900 aircraft (top). The Busan-Danang flight, KE465, will depart the Gimhae International Airport at 09:25 PM, arriving at Danang at 12:20 AM the next day. KE466, the return flight will depart Danang at 02:45 AM and arrive at Gimhae at 08:30 AM.

Korean Air will boost the frequency of the Incheon-Istanbul route, which has shown a steady increase in demand and will now be operated four times a week. Due to the expected rise in seasonal demand, Korean Air will now operate the Incheon-Nha Trang service daily.

The airline will also increase the frequency of some American routes in December and January, including the Seoul (Incheon)-Seattle/Tacoma and the Seoul (Incheon)-Las Vegas service which both change from five times a week to six times a week.

The Seoul (Incheon) to Zagreb service, which is the first regular service connecting East Asia and Croatia directly, will merge with the Zurich route during the winter season. Therefore, the flight will operate to Zurich via Zagreb three times a week. The route between Seoul (Incheon) and Hong Kong will be increased from 28 times a week to 35 times a week to provide customers with a wider range of flight options.

During the winter season, Korean Air will suspend selected flights including Incheon-St. Petersburg, Incheon-Irkutsk, Incheon-Nanning, Busan-Hong Kong, and Busan-Guam.

Meanwhile, Korean Air will deploy recently introduced aircraft, such as Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, and Bombardier/Airbus CS300 (A220-300) on the main routes, where the demand is expected to grow during the winter season, to provide a more comfortable flight experience.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 737-9B5 HL7726 (msn 30001) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907818.

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Korean Air launches its new route to Zagreb, Croatia

Korean Air Airbus A330-223 HL8276 (msn 1393) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943390.

Korean Air celebrated its inaugural flight from Seoul, South Korea to Zagreb, Croatia on September 1, marking the first regular service connecting Croatia and Far East Asia directly.

The airline’s maiden flight KE919 from Seoul, which took 11 hours and 40 minutes, was welcomed with a water cannon salute upon landing at Zagreb (Franjo Tuđman) International Airport on Saturday. An inaugural flight ceremony was held at Zagreb Airport, with government and industry officials, Mr. Park Won-sup, Korean Ambassador to Croatia, Mr. Damir Kušen, the newly appointed Croatian Ambassador to Korea, Ms. Olivera Šarić, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Ms. Martina Bienenfeld, director of Touristic Board of Zagreb, Mr. Jacques Feron, CEO of the Zagreb International Airport attended.

Korean Air commenced the three-times weekly nonstop service between Incheon and Zagreb, utilizing Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The flight departs Incheon, Seoul at 11:00, arriving in Zagreb at 15:45. It then departs Zagreb at 17:20, arriving back in Incheon at 11:30 the next day.

With the addition of the new route, Korean Air will operate international flights to 112 cities in 43 countries.

Flight Schedules (*All Times Local)

Flight Schedule
Route Flight Number Departure Arrival Aircraft Days of Operation
Incheon – Zagreb KE919 11:05 15:45 A330-200 Tue, Thu, Sat
Zagreb – Incheon KE920 17:20 11:30+1 A330-220 Tue, Thu, Sat

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Airbus A330-223 HL8276 (msn 1393) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943390.

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Korean Air is coming to Boston

First flight on December 9, 2017

Korean Air is launching new nonstop service between Boston and Seoul on April 12, 2019 in cooperation with joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines.


The new Boston flight, along with new Minneapolis/St. Paul-Seoul service that Delta is launching in 2019, are the first additions to the joint venture’s Seoul-Incheon network since the two carriers launched their partnership in May.


The Boston-Seoul service will be operated on Korean Air’s new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class sleeper suites, and 245 seats in economy class.

First Class features farm-to-flight meals with food grown at the airline’s own farm on Jeju Island, a 23-inch high-resolution monitor, luxurious duvet and bedding, in-flight comfort clothing by Gianfranco Ferre, and DAVI-branded amenity kits with five different luxury cosmetic products. First class customers also can enjoy the exclusive benefits of a dedicated check-in lounge and First Class lounge at Incheon Airport.

Korean Air’s Prestige Suites offer private 21-inch wide flatbed seats spaced 75 inches apart with direct aisle access. Onboard, Prestige customers enjoy Korean Air’s award-wining food and wine program and a premium DAVI amenity kit.

Meanwhile, Korean Air’s economy class is among the industry’s most comfortable, with 33-34 inches between seats, a 10.6-inch high-resolution personal monitor and a variety of meal options.

With the launch of Boston and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Korean Air and Delta will offer up to 29 flights a day between 14 gateways in the U.S. and Asia. From Korea alone, the joint venture partners will offer over 115 weekly flights to 13 U.S. destinations, an increase of over 10% from summer 2018. By combining both airlines’ schedules, customers have matchless travel options while enjoying improved reciprocal frequent flier benefits.

Korean Air’s new nonstop service between Boston and Seoul:

Route Flight Number Departure Arrival Aircraft Days of Operation
Boston(BOS) – Incheon(ICN) KE090 13:30 16:50*1 (+1 day) B787-9 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
Incheon(ICN) – Boston(BOS) KE089 09:30 10:30 B787-9 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

Date and schedule is subject to change (starts April 12, 2019).

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Korean Air): Korean Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL8085 (msn 34814) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940284.

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Delta, Korean Air to provide world-class cargo services with launch of JV partnership

Delta Air Lines Cargo and Korean Air Cargo are launching new cargo cooperation to offer world-class cargo services across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market. This comes after the recent implementation of the trans-Pacific Joint Venture partnership between the two airlines.

The joint venture routes, on which Delta and Korean Air carried 268 million tons of belly cargo in 2017, will allow customers to work with either carrier to transport shipments across a broad network of flights. The expansive combined network formed by this partnership gives Delta and Korean Air’s shared customers access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

The new joint venture builds on nearly two decades of close partnership between Korean Air and Delta; both were founding members of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.

Delta and Korean Air currently transport a diverse range of cargo products in the trans-Pacific market. From the U.S., semi-conductor production facilities, perishables and e-commerce shipments are some of the key products shipped to Seoul and throughout Asia. In the reverse direction mobile phones, automobile parts and other electronics are carried.

Earlier this year, Delta and Korean Air co-located into the new, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. This means substantially reduced connecting times for both passengers and cargo, and one-roof warehousing is planned for the airport as well. As one of the world’s largest airports, Incheon has among the fastest connection times in the region. It has been named among the best airports in the world for more than a decade by Airports Council International, as well as the world’s cleanest airport and the world’s best international transit airport by Skytrax.

We anticipate that Seoul Incheon will continue to grow as a major Asia gateway for Delta and Korean Air. From Seoul, Delta is the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to three major U.S. gateways, including Seattle, Detroit and Atlanta, with service to Minneapolis launching in 2019. Korean Air provides the largest trans-Pacific air freight capacity.

Delta and Korean Air enhance codeshare flights in the U.S.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air are expanding codeshare flights, following the launch of a joint venture partnership May 1 that gives customers world-class travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market.

A total of 132 Delta-operated flights from Seattle, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Honolulu, Chicago and Dallas have been recently coded with Korean Air’s flight number. These new codeshares complement 164 existing Korean Air codeshare markets on Delta in the Americas from Delta’s hubs in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York-JFK. An additional 66 markets from Detroit, Portland, Seattle and Atlanta will become codeshares in North America next week. In addition, Korean Air’s code will be added to five Delta-operated flights from Japan to Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle and Portland, beginning June 6.

The enhanced codeshare flights in the Americas will further strengthen the existing 36 codeshare routes within Asia.

Earlier this year, Delta and Korean Air co-located at the new, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 of Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, substantially reducing connection times for customers. Since April, Delta and Korean Air have been codesharing on each other’s Seattle–Incheon flights, significantly increasing customer choice and connectivity. Both airlines have also improved their loyalty programs’ reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn more miles on both loyalty programs and redeem them on the increased codeshare flights.

Delta and Korean Air continue to work closely to implement full reciprocal codesharing on each other’s networks to the extent allowed and provide the best travel experience for customers between the U.S. and Asia.

Delta is investing in the Asia-Pacific region where it has seen a steady increase in customer satisfaction as more Asia-based customers choose to fly Delta. Some of the investments include expanding its Asia-Pacific network, developing strong partnerships with important Asian carriers like Korean Air, operating Delta’s first Airbus A350s into Asian markets featuring the all-new Delta One suite product enhancement and Delta Premium Select cabin, upgrading complimentary economy cabin amenities and more.

Photo: Delta Air Lines.