Korean Air, America’s largest Asian airline, is adding a second A380 flight from JFK in May, making it the only airline serving both coasts with double daily A380 flights to Asia.
Korean Air currently offers double daily A380 flights from Los Angeles and daily A380 flights from New York. The airline also flies out of ten other U.S. cities.
“We have the most competitive service for the US business traveler to S.E. Asia and Korea,” says John Jackson, Korean Air’s vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. “When you combine our A380’s comforts with our schedule and service, we offer a strong value proposition and travelers are responding very well.”
Jackson says Korean Air’s A380 is the industry’s most spacious with a total of 407 seats and an upper level dedicated solely to the business class traveler with 90 full flat sleeper suites.
“Our First Class Kosmo Suites ensure privacy and reflect the feel and elegance of a private jet. Meanwhile, the A380’s Duty Free Showcase exhibits inflight retail offerings and our hosted Celestial Bar is becoming a real attraction. These all help make the trip not so much about the destination, but also a memorable journey,” he says.
Korean Air’s schedule is also a plus, Jackson says, with travel times often the quickest to Southeast Asia from America.
“We have the easiest and fastest connections to SE Asia through the world renowned Incheon International Airport. Take for example, Houston, our newest market. Our flights to Singapore will be three hours shorter than our closest competitor. And our service to Vietnam will be anywhere from four to 15 hours quicker,” Jackson says.
Korean Air announced service to Houston starting in May, originally with a four flights per week schedule. According to Jackson, the response was so strong that the airline will now launch with daily service from America’s fourth largest city.
“Korean Air is bullish on the Americas and the increase in A380 flights along with the launching of new markets is evidence of our confidence. We’ve decided to earn our fair share of the U.S. business travel market with a highly competitive product and service that’s hard to beat,” Jackson says.