Thu, 4 Oct 2018

Korean Air Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary of Flights to UK

Korean Air celebrated the 30-year anniversary of its scheduled services between the UK and South Korea with an event at London’s British Museum last week.

 In September 1988, a Korean Air Boeing 747E aircraft from left Seoul and flew via Anchorage to touchdown at London’s Gatwick Airport, heralding the commencement of the service.

With just one flight per week at launch, flights soon increased to thrice weekly and then to the present daily non-stop flight in 2004.

Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman of the British Museum, Mr. Byung-Ryool Park, Korean Air managing vice president for Europe and Mr. Guillaume Acolas, Korean Air commercial director for Europe recognised the anniversary, alongside regional manager UK & Ireland Mr. Jong Rae Kim. Click to enlarge.

The London-Seoul route, which today operates to/from Heathrow, is one of the most important in Korean Air's network and in 2017 the airline carried more than 200,000 passengers between the two cities.

The airline provides customers with a convenient daily schedule for travel between London and Seoul, with a wide connecting network in Asia and Oceania, via the newly-opened Incheon International Airport Terminal 2.

Korean Air moved to London Heathrow’s terminal 3 in 1991 and in 2000 was a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. In 2009, SkyTeam member airlines collaborated to build the alliance’s presence at London Heathrow with the opening of a shared facility and a two-floor SkyTeam Exclusive lounge at Terminal 4 – now Korean Air’s UK home.

Korean Air regional manager UK & Ireland Mr. Jong Rae Kim said, “The UK has one of the world’s most vibrant aviation industries and Korean Air’s passenger and freight services between Seoul and London have shown significant growth over the years. Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and we are proud that 30 years in the UK has been part of the success story.”

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