New Korean Air Boston Flights to Add Almost $100 Million to Regional Economy
When Korean Air and Delta launch nonstop flights to Seoul April 12, it will start the ball rolling on $100 million in annual economic impact to the region.
According to InterVistas, a Boston aviation consulting firm, the new flights will add more than $53 million each year in direct economic benefit and almost $45 million each year in indirect benefits.
“Korean Air is the largest Transpacific airline and we’ve been eyeing Boston for a long time,” said Korean Air’s Vice President of Marketing, John Jackson. “It makes sense, with our Delta joint venture, to start service there now. Delta is growing fast in Boston and adding an Asia flight will help them solidify their position as Boston’s #1 global airline.”
The new Boston flight, along with Minneapolis/St. Paul-Seoul and Seattle-Osaka services that Delta is launching, are the first additions to the joint venture’s Transpacific network since the two carriers launched their partnership last May.
“By combining the schedules of Delta and Korean Air, our customers are able to enjoy unparalleled travel options,” Jackson said. “Our joint venture is undeniably the strongest Transpacific partnership and provides both of our airlines with a solid competitive edge.”
“Delta and its partners offer an unmatched global network that’s capable of taking Boston to the world, with the most international seats and direct flights to 19 international destinations this year – more than ever before,” said Steve Sear, Delta’s President – International and Executive Vice President of Global Sales. “This new flight to Seoul will offer a key link to Asia and is a standout addition to our Boston route map as we bring the benefits of our JV partnership with Korean Air to Boston-area customers.”
Customers can access 290 destinations on Delta in the Americas and 80 destinations in Asia on Korean Air. Meanwhile, Korean and Delta are co-located in the world-renowned Incheon Terminal 2, making connections between Asia and America some of the industry’s quickest.
“As a major gateway for high tech industries, Boston is the most popular unserved point from Korea with rapidly growing demand to Asia,” Jackson said. “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.”
The Boston-Seoul service will operate five days a week on Korean Air’s new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class suites, and 245 seats in economy class.
First Class features farm-to-flight meals with food grown at the airline’s own farm on Jeju Island, a 23-inch high-resolution monitor, luxurious duvet and bedding and in-flight comfort clothing by Gianfranco Ferre. First class customers also can enjoy the exclusive benefits of a dedicated check-in lounge and First Class lounge at Incheon Airport.
Korean Air’s Prestige Suites offer private 21-inch wide flatbed seats spaced 75 inches apart with direct aisle access. Onboard, Prestige customers enjoy Korean Air’s award-wining food and wine program and a premium amenity kit.
Meanwhile, Korean Air’s economy class is among the industry’s most comfortable, with 33-34 inches between seats, a 10.6-inch high-resolution personal monitor and a variety of meal options.
The 787-9 Dreamliner is among the world’s most advanced aircraft with improved humidity and cabin pressure, dynamic lighting that can reduce jet lag, a state-of-the-art on-demand entertainment system, in-seat power, and large, electronically-dimmable cabin windows replacing traditional window shades.
About the Korean Air and Delta Joint Venture
With 27 peak-day flights between the U.S. and Asia, the joint venture between Delta and Korean Air offers customers world-class travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market. The partners recently expanded codeshare flying and received government approval for a trans-Pacific joint venture that is enhancing connectivity between the U.S. and Asia: giving customers more choice for seamless travel. Both airlines also have improved their loyalty programs’ reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn more miles on both programs and redeem them on the expanded network.
About Korean Air
Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines carrying more than 26 million passengers in 2018. The airline operates over 460 flights per day to 124 cities in 44 countries on five continents; it has a modern fleet of 167 aircraft and employs over 20,000 professional employees. Korean Air’s core business includes passenger, cargo, aerospace, catering and in-flight sales. The airline’s main hub is at the Incheon (ICN) International Airport Terminal 2 which opened in 2018.
Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which together with its 19 members annually welcomes 630 million passengers worldwide, on more than 14,500 daily flights, covering 1,150 destinations in 175 countries. The airline launched a joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines in the trans-Pacific market in May 2018.
In 2019 Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary. With a vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community, Korean Air is dedicated to providing excellence in flight.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2018, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the seventh time in eight years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 324 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.