Korean Air Is Launching Flights To Boston


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Boston Logan Airport continues to be on a roll when it comes to their expansion.

Korean Air has just announced that they’ll be launching 5x weekly flights between Boston and Seoul Incheon as of April 12, 2019. The new flight will operate with the following schedule:

KE89 Incheon to Boston departing 9:30AM arriving 10:30AM [Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun]
KE90 Boston to Incheon departing 1:30PM arriving 4:50PM (+1 day) [Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun]

This flight will cover a distance of 6,800+ miles in each direction, and will be operated by a Boeing 787-9. This is Korean Air’s smallest plane capable of operating ultra longhaul flights.

Korean Air’s 787-9s feature a total of 271 seats, including six first class seats, 18 business class seats, and 247 economy seats.

What’s especially interesting is that Korean Air has exactly the same seats in first and business class. Both cabins have Apex Suites, which I consider to be some of the world’s best business class seats, though obviously they’re not as ideal for first class.

The seats are in a 2-2-2 configuration, so first class has one row, while business class has three rows.

Boston represents Korean Air’s 11th US gateway, after Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington.

This expansion is probably largely possible thanks to the new joint venture between Delta and Korean Air. With the two airlines working together to align schedules and fares across the Pacific, it makes it possible for them to launch new routes in order to enable one-stop service to destinations around the world.

Boston has attracted so many new airlines lately, and it’s especially impressive that this will be their seventh destination to Asia. The airport already has flights to Beijing and Shanghai (on Hainan Airlines), Hong Kong (on Cathay Pacific), Tokyo Narita (on Japan Airlines), Doha (on Qatar Airways), and Dubai (on Emirates).

As of the time of this story the new flights aren’t yet bookable, though I’m sure they’ll be loaded soon.

Korean Air SkyPass is an excellent frequent flyer program, and they’re usually good about making first and business class award seats available. SkyPass is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, so there are lots of opportunities to earn miles that can be redeemed for these flights.

What do you make of Korean Air’s new route to Boston?