Korean Air update: Munich and Sao Paulo this summer

28 Apr 2008

Korean AirFrom June 1, Korean Air will add new gateways in Europe and Brazil.

The carrier will operate three direct flights a week between Seoul Incheon and Munich, the gateway to Bavaria and southern Germany.

The carrier’s Boeing 777-200ER, with its new product in all classes, will operate on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving Seoul at 1425 and arriving in Munich at 1855. From Munich, flights will depart at 2045, arriving in Seoul the next day at 1405. Munich is the carrier’s second German gateway – Frankfurt is served daily.

Sao Paulo will be served from Seoul from June 2. The carrier will fly to the Brazilian megalopolis via Los Angeles three times a week. Korean Air has “fifth freedom” traffic rights at LAX (meaning an airline has the right to make a connecting flight from its own country to a third country, via a second country), thus making the route the only direct scheduled link between the two cities.

This trans-Pacific route will be especially appealing to those on round-the-world tickets, bridging the gap between South America and Northern Asia.

Flights leave Seoul Incheon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2045, and stop over in LA for three hours and 45 minutes, while US Immigration is cleared and passengers join the service. The Boeing 777-200ER then continues to Sao Paulo arriving at 1100.

On the return journey, flights leave Brazil on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1330, arriving in Seoul at 0550 two days later (the route crosses the date line).

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Report by Felicity Cousins

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