British Airways has announced that it will launch flights between Seoul Incheon and London Heathrow, with services six times a week on December 2. Tickets for the flights are already on sale.
The announcement comes after British Airways’ parent company, IAG, recently promised to grow its presence in Asia.
The non-stop route will be served by the long-range Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, which offers customers a choice of four cabins – First and Club World (business class) with award-winning fully flat beds, World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy class). British Airways will be the only airline to offer premium economy seating between London and Seoul and will also be the only member of the one world alliance to serve the route.
Flights from Seoul will arrive in Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which is exclusive to passengers of British Airways and its sister airline, Iberia.
“We are tremendously excited about starting direct services to Korea and playing a role in developing closer links between the Korean and the UK economies,” said Kevin McQuillan, British Airways Regional General Manager, East Asia, “Seoul is an important market for both tourism and business and is the biggest origin and destination market in East Asia that we do not currently fly to.”
Vishal Sinha, British Airways Country Manager, Japan and Korea, said: “British Airways is looking forward to expanding its footprint in Asia, and we are honoured to be welcoming travellers from Korea on-board our aircraft. Customers will experience our quintessentially British style of premium service on-board. Those going onward from London will connect conveniently at our home, Terminal 5, to a wide range of destinations on our extensive European and African route network.”
British Airways’ history is steeped in pioneering design and innovation. The airline is proud to have introduced a number of industry firsts in more than 90 plus years of flying, including being the first airline to introduce fully flat beds in business class.
In September 2011, British Airways unveiled a five-year, GBP five billion (about Dh29 billion) investment to enhance the customer experience. The investment includes the roll-out of new cabins, refreshed menus and implementation of innovative technology to deliver more efficient and intuitive customer service. British Airways last flew to Seoul between 1996 and 1998.
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