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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.

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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.

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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.

Delta and Korean Air to launch world-class joint venture partnership

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N824NW (msn 1637) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937960.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will launch a new joint venture partnership that will offer customers world-class travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market.

The joint venture has now been approved by regulatory authorities in the U.S. and Korea, including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The expansive combined network formed by this partnership gives Delta and Korean Air’s shared customers seamless access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

The airlines will work closely together to bring customers the full benefits of the partnership, including joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, optimized schedules, a more seamless customer experience, improved loyalty program benefits, integrated IT systems, joint sales and marketing activities, and co-location at key hubs.

Beginning soon, Delta and Korean Air will:

  • Implement full reciprocal codesharing on each other’s networks and work together to provide the best travel experience for customers between U.S. and Asia
  • Offer improved reciprocal loyalty program benefits, including providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn more miles on Korean Air’s SKYPASS program and Delta’s SkyMiles program
  • Begin implementing joint sales and marketing initiatives
  • Increase belly cargo cooperation across the trans-Pacific

The new joint venture builds on nearly two decades of close partnership between Korean Air and Delta; both were founding members of the SkyTeam alliance and have offered customers an expanded codeshare network since 2016.

Earlier this year, Delta and Korean Air co-located into the new, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN), substantially reducing connecting times for customers. One of the world’s largest airports, ICN 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.

Delta anticipates that Seoul Incheon will continue to grow as a major Asia gateway for Delta and Korean Air. Delta is the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to three major U.S. gateways, including Seattle, Detroit and Atlanta from ICN, while Korean Air is the largest trans-Pacific carrier.

Delta-Korean joint venture infographic

Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N824NW (msn 1637) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937960.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7628 (msn 156) LHR (SPA). Image: 932510.

Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7628 (msn 156) LHR (SPA). Image: 932510.

Korean Air announces its summer schedule

First flight on December 9, 2017

Korean Air has announced changes to its flight schedule in time for the 2018 summer season, commencing March 25. The changes include increasing service frequency on key long-haul routes between Korean Air’s hub at Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Europe and America.

A significant change in Korean Air’s schedule is the increase in flight frequency to provide passengers flying to North America with a wider range of choice.

As of March 25 flights between Incheon and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas will increase from four times a week to five times a week (Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat/Sun).

The Incheon-Toronto flight will increase on March 25 from five times a week to a daily flight and the Incheon-Seattle/Tacoma flight will also have the same increase to daily flights as from May 1.

In addition, Korean Air will boost the frequency of some European routes; the Incheon-Rome service will go daily and the Incheon-Prague flight will increase to four times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat). The Incheon to Madrid service will be operated four days a week (Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun) and the flights between Incheon and Istanbul will also be increased to four times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun).

Meanwhile, from April 19 Korean Air will resume operating its direct flight to St. Petersburg and from April 23 to Irkutsk. These Russian routes do not operate in the winter season due to low demand.

Korean Air will deploy recently introduced aircraft, such as Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, on the main American and European long-haul routes, where the demand is expected to grow during the summer vacation season.

The official summer schedule for 2018 will run from March 25 until October 27.

Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL8085 (msn 34814) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940285.

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