One of the largest airlines in Asia, Korean Air flies to over 115 cities in 50 countries. A member of the SkyTeam Alliance, the airline flies direct to Seoul from Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney. Korean Air is also one of only two international airlines to fly both the A380 and Boeing's brand new 747-8I. The two super jumbos provide ample space for a three class cabin layout.
Due to its large size, extensive route network and broad number of airline partnerships, passengers can fly to virtually every part of the world on a Korean Air or Korean alliance member flight. In addition to its global reach, Korean Air ranks among the top airlines for service and dependability. Rare for the industry, all of Korean's widebody aircraft feature a three class cabin layout with Economy, Business and First class sections.
With its base in Seoul, Korean Air is a popular choice when traveling not only to Korea, but to cities across Asia, most notably in Japan and China. Korean is also popular for connecting traffic continuing on to Europe and North America. For those who frequently fly with Korean or other SkyTeam member airlines, Korean Air's Skypass loyalty program offers frequent flyer miles and benefits for future award flights and priority recognition.
Korean Air's fleet is made up of close to 170 aircraft and the airline has on order many of the next generation of planes, including the A321NEO, 737MAX-8 and 787 Dreamliner. Along with Lufthansa, Korean Air is the only other airline in the world to operate both of the latest and largest types of double decker planes, the Airbus A380 and the new and updated 747 version, the 8I (Intercontinental).
Korean Air's fleet is comprised of the following aircraft:
- Airbus A330-200/300
- Airbus A380
- Boeing 737-800/900/900ER
- Boeing 747-400/8I
- Boeing 777-200ER/300/300ER
- Boeing 787-8/9 Dreamliner
For international travel, check-in for Korean Air flights closes 60 minutes prior to departure for North America and Europe destinations, and 40 minutes prior to departure for all other cities. Airport kiosk check-in is available in Korean airports and at select international destinations. Guests can also check-in online up to 48 hours before departure (24 hours for North America). Web or online check-in may not be available if the itinerary includes segments operated by other airlines.
Korean Air’s Prestige Business Class is found on all aircraft, including narrow-body domestic and regional aircraft. On international flights, guests are treated to lie-flat or angled-flat beds, and on the longest routes, seats come with crisp bedding. The lie-flat beds stretch out to a length of 74 inches (188cm) for even the tallest of passengers. For extra comfort, slippers and an amenity kit with travel essentials are also provided.
When dining in Prestige Class, guests are offered a choice of Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, as well as the airline’s traditional, chef-prepared Korean menu. To complement the in-flight menu, a selection of top-shelf spirits, and award winning wines and champagnes are also available.
Prestige entertainment on Korean Air flights will vary depending on the aircraft. On most flights, Prestige passengers can choose from 50 films, 50 short documentaries, news programs, video games and 3,000 songs via the airline’s audio and video on-demand entertainment system. Seats are equipped with state-of-the-art 15.4 inch screens.
Baggage allowances vary depending on the route and destination, however for flights to/from Australia, passengers are allowed 2 pieces of checked luggage free of charge. Each bag is limited to 32kg. Prestige passengers may bring two small carry-on pieces for travel in the cabin. The combined weight limit is 18kg (40 lbs).
Depending on the aircraft, First Class guests will be treated to either a semi-enclosed sleeper suite or sleeper with ottoman seat which is surrounded by a privacy shell. Both seats offer one of the industry's longest lie-flat beds which come with comfy bedding, slippers and sleepwear. For those who want to leave their seat for a change of scenery, the Airbus A380s feature the Celestial Bar. The relaxing inflight lounge space offers a comfortable spot to socialize while enjoying a snack or beverage.
The First Class menu features a combination of Asian and western dishes which are prepared with the freshest, and in some cases organic ingredients. Meals include an appetizer, a main course with side dishes and dessert. Just one of the First Class specialties is the Jedong Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup.
First Class passengers can choose from hundreds of classic and recently released films, TV shows and short documentaries, as well as news programs, video games and thousands of songs. The programming is on-demand and can be viewed on the 15.4 inch screens located at each seat.
First Class passengers are allowed three pieces of checked luggage with a 32kg limit for each. Two small pieces may be brought on board as cabin luggage provided the combined weight is under 18kg (40 lbs).
Club Lounges & Alliances
In addition to its lounges located in Seoul, Busan and Jeju, Korean Air also provides its First and Business passengers and top tier SkyTeam members with lounges in 4 Japanese cities as well as in Hong Kong, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Guests can freshen up and relax in the exclusive suite rooms, sleeping rooms and showers facilities or take advantage of the full bar and buffet, free Wi-Fi and newspapers and TV. Skypass Million Miler Club and Morning Calm Premium Club members may also access lounges operated by other SkyTeam member airlines provides they are flying on a eligible SkyTeam flight.
Korean Air is a member of SkyTeam, the world’s second largest global airline alliance. Additional SkyTeam members include:
- Aerolineas Argentinas
- Aero Mexico
- Air France
- Delta Air Lines
Korean Air also maintains individual alliances separate of SkyTeam with:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Hawaiian Airlines