Korean Air is launching non-stop flights between Seoul and Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, on September 1, 2018 giving the European country its first direct, regular service to Asia.
Currently, travellers between the two countries have to make use of charter flights, which Korean Air has operated since 2010, or connecting services. Rival Korean carrier Asiana Airlines, for example, began codesharing with Croatia Airlines at the end of last year, with travellers required to connect via Frankfurt, London or Paris.
The new scheduled Korean Air flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with the following schedule:
|KR919||Seoul (ICN)||Zagreb (ZAG)||1105||1545||Tue, Thu, Sat|
|KE920||Zagreb (ZAG)||Seoul (ICN)||1720||1130+1|
Korean Air will fly its 218-seat, three-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route.
This aircraft notably comes with a single row of six (2-2-2) fully flat Sleeper (Ottoman) seats at the very front of the aircraft. These seats offer an extended pitch (legroom) of 83 inches compared to the 74 inches of the other 24 Prestige Sleeper seats, as well as having a 17-inch seat-back in-flight entertainment screen versus the latter’s 15.4-inch screens.
This row of six is technically classed as first class seating on the airline’s seat map, though it should be noted that aside from the added pitch the seats are generally similar to the business class Prestige Sleepers on the aircraft. Both the Sleeper (pictured above) and Prestige Sleeper (pictured below) seats are fully flat and have 20.1 inches of width. The 24 Prestige Sleeper seats are also laid out six across in a 2-2-2 configuration in two cabins of 12.
Economy class on the A330-200 is laid out 2-4-2 and seats offer 32 inches of pitch and 18.1 inches of width.
The new route to Zagreb will bring Korean Air’s total number of international destinations served to 111 cities in 43 countries.