Korean flag carrier Korean Air, in a joint venture with Delta Air Lines, has launched non-stop flights between Boston and Seoul, with the first flight arriving on April 12 at 10:33am local time from Seoul Incheon airport.
The new Boston flight, along with Minneapolis/St Paul-Seoul and Seattle-Osaka services that Delta is launching, are the first additions to the joint venture’s transpacific network since the two carriers launched their partnership last May. Under the joint venture, the two airlines now have 27 peak-day flights between the US and Asia.
The Boston-Seoul service will operate five days a week on Korean Air’s new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with six first class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class suites, and 245 seats in economy class.
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific reported on August 6, 2018 that Korean Air was planning to launch the Boston-Seoul route.
First class (pictured below) 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 and in-flight comfort clothing by Gianfranco Ferre.
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 (pictured below) are very similar to the first class offering, providing private 21-inch wide flatbed seats spaced 75 inches apart with direct aisle access. On-board, Prestige customers enjoy Korean Air’s award-wining food and wine program and a premium amenity kit.
Meanwhile, Korean Air’s economy class has 33-34 inches between seats, a 10.6-inch high-resolution personal monitor and a choice of meals.
The flights will operate five times per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Note that the flight schedule has changed somewhat since Business Traveller Asia-Pacific first reported on the flight last year. Now, the Tuesday and Saturday Seoul-Boston flights will depart 20 minutes later at 950 instead of 930. Also, the Saturday Boston-Seoul flight will depart 20 minutes later at 1345 instead of 1325.
|KE091||Seoul (ICN)||Boston (BOS)||930||1030||Sun, Wed, Fri|
|KE091||Seoul (ICN)||Boston (BOS)||950||1050||Tue, Sat|
|KE092||Boston (BOS)||Seoul (ICN)||1325||1625+1||Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri|
|KE092||Boston (BOS)||Seoul (ICN)||1345||1645+1||Sat|
“[W]e’ve been eyeing Boston for a long time,” said the airline’s vice president of marketing, John Jackson, in a press release, adding: “It makes sense, with our Delta joint venture, to start service there now. Delta is growing fast in Boston and adding an Asia flight will help them solidify their position as Boston’s number one global airline.”