Virgin Atlantic has launched a codeshare with fellow SkyTeam member Korean Air, following its enrolment into the alliance earlier this month.

The first phase of the agreement allows customers booking through Virgin Atlantic to travel directly to Incheon airport in Seoul, South Korea.

By June passengers will be able to connect onwards from Seoul to destinations throughout Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. See a list of possible onward connections below.

The codeshare is set to enhance Virgin Atlantic’s presence in Asia, with the carrier’s services to Shanghai resuming from May.

May 2023 Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
June 2023 Hong Kong, Fukuoka, Kansai, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya, Tokyo Narita, Okinawa

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members will be able to earn and redeem Virgin Points and also benefit from SkyPriority services at Seoul Incheon, including priority check in, baggage handling and boarding.

Note, however, that passengers flying on Korean Air aircraft under a Virgin code will not be able to access the Clubhouse at Heathrow.

Indeed, Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at London Heathrow is only open to SkyTeam Elite Plus members travelling on Virgin Atlantic, Delta or Aeromexico. Other SkyTeam Elite Plus members are advised to use their airline-designated lounge at Terminal 3.

We also reported earlier this month that Virgin Atlantic would be allowed to operate between London Heathrow and Seoul’s Incheon International airport, however there are conditions attached. See our report:

Virgin Atlantic cleared for London-Seoul service