Korean Air has announced new nonstop service between Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). The route will be served five times per week starting on April 12, 2019 and will be served by Korean Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
“Offering nonstop service to South Korea, one of the world’s largest economies, has been a priority and we are happy that it has come to fruition,” said Thomas Glynn, the Chief Executive of Massport, which operates BOS.
Flights will be operated on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They will depart Seoul at 9:30 and arrive in Boston at 10:30 on the same day. The return flight will depart from Boston at 13:30 and arrive in Seoul at 16:50 (+1 day).
“[Boston is] a major gateway for high-tech industries [that is the] most underserved point from Korea,” said John Jackson, the Managing Vice President of Korean Air. “The city, with its numerous universities and colleges, is a growing New England hub attracting companies in fast-growing industries like IT, bio-technology, healthcare, finance, and pharmaceuticals.”
Tourism on both ends will also be a driving factor in demand for the route. Pat Moscaritolo, the Chief Executive of Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that tourists from South Korea now amount to about 70,000 in the greater Boston area.
The Dreamliners that will be used on the route will have room to seat 269 people. The planes feature six First Class suites, 18 lie-flat Business Class seats, and 245 Economy Class seats.
The service will be operated as part of Korean Air’s joint venture with Delta Air Lines. Through the joint venture agreement two carriers work together on a number of flights between South Korea and the United States. This is the second service to Seoul that has been announced as part of the venture since it was launched in May 2017; Delta has already revealed plans to connect Seoul with Minneapolis/St. Paul.
“By combining the schedules of Korean Air and Delta, our customers are able to enjoy unparalleled travel options,” said Jackson. “Our joint venture is undeniably the strongest transpacific partnership and provides both of our airlines with a solid competitive edge.”
Both airlines are located in Terminal 2 at Seoul Incheon, giving Delta passengers seamless access to over 80 destinations across Korean Air’s network via the codeshare.
With Korean Air’s new service to Boston, Korean Air and Delta will serve a combined 29 daily routes from 14 airports in the U.S and Asia. Seoul is Boston’s fifth Asian destination; Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai have already been connected to Boston.
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