Korean Air will launch a second daily Airbus A380 flight to New York’s JFK Airport this May.
The new service will make Korean the only airline to offer double daily A380 flights to both US coasts, with the twice daily New York flights complementing the existing double daily service to Los Angeles.
“We have the most competitive service for the US business traveller to Southeast Asia and Korea,” said John Jackson, Korean Air’s vice president of sales & marketing for the Americas. “When you combine our A380’s comforts with our schedule and service, we offer a strong value proposition and travellers are responding very well.”
Korean Air’s A380 has the lowest capacity of any operating in the world today, with just 407 seats and an upper deck dedicated solely to business class, with 90 flat-bed seats.
Jackson also said the additional flights will provide a greater number of connections across the US and Asia.
“We have the easiest and fastest connections to Southeast Asia through… Incheon International Airport,” he said. “Take for example, Houston, our newest market. Our flights to Singapore will be three hours shorter than our closest competitor. And our service to Vietnam will be anywhere from four to 15 hours quicker.”
Korean Air will start flying to Houston starting in May, initially with four weekly flights. The Houston hub will become the airline’s 11th gateway in the US, following JFK, LAX, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.