South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines will offer a second flight on its existing Seoul-New York route from November 24 onwards.
The news follows a recent decision by the airline to axe its Seoul to Chicago route on October 27, 2019 in an attempt to alleviate its financial woes.
The airline told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific: “Since [the] Incheon-Chicago route will close this year, we have decided to double the service to New York. We hope that it would strengthen the network on the eastern United States routes.”
The new service will be operated by an Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft, the same aircraft type that operates the airline’s existing Seoul-New York flight. A map of the A350’s seat configuration shows 311 seats, including 28 seats of Asiana’s business class product known as Business Smartium Class, 36 Economy Smartium Class seats (the airline’s premium economy product) and 247 economy class seats.
The schedule for the new flights is as follows, though the airline notes that the departure times only apply to the time period stated in the table below and they are subject to change seasonally.
|Route||Flight no.||Departure time||Arrival time||Time period||Operating days||Aircraft|
|Incheon → New York (JFK)||OZ224||22:50||23:00||24/11/2019 – 07/03/2020||Daily||A350-900|
|New York(JFK) → Incheon||OZ223||00:35||05:15 (+1)|
|Incheon → New York (JFK)||OZ224||21:50||23:00||08/03/2020 – 28/03/2020||Daily|
|New York(JFK) → Incheon||OZ223||00:35||04:15 (+1)|
The airline could not provide schedule information beyond March 28, 2020.
“Flight schedule is usually planned seasonally (Summer & Winter). We may announce the schedule for the next season if it changes,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier this year, the Korean carrier announced that it will discontinue its First Class service and start a new Business Suite service on September 1. The new service will be available on its Seoul to New York route.
Tickets for the new evening flights between Seoul and New York are now available for purchase.