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.
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
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