Korean Air Celebrates 45 Years of New York Services

Korean Air staff and passengers in New York airport terminal.
Photo Credit: Korean Air

On March 29th, Korean Air marked a significant milestone: 45 years of serving passengers traveling between New York and South Korea.

To commemorate this occasion, the airline hosted a special event at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

KE082 Seoul-New York Celebration

A lucky passenger flying on flight KE082 bound for Seoul Incheon received a delightful surprise! Jihyeon Kim, the 45th person to check in, was presented with a round-trip Prestige (business) class ticket between Seoul and New York.

“What a delightful surprise this is for me,” said Kim, a lifelong Korean Air flyer. “I’m excited to continue flying with them!”

To add to the celebratory spirit, all passengers on board KE082 received a commemorative tote bag.

Designed in collaboration with the Korean Association of New York Artists (KANA), a non-profit organization fostering cultural exchange between Korea and the U.S., the bags showcased the unique talents of young Korean-American artists.

From Inauguration on March 29 1979

Since its inaugural flight KE008 on March 29, 1979, Korean Air has played a vital role in bridging the gap between Korea and the United States.

The initial three weekly flights quickly grew in response to passenger demand, expanding to ten flights per week by 1986.

Today, Korean Air demonstrates its unwavering commitment to this crucial route by operating 14 round-trip flights weekly. This service not only facilitates travel but also strengthens economic ties between the two nations.

In 2023, the New York route became Korean Air’s second busiest in the U.S. This followed Los Angeles, with a total of 417,920 passengers choosing Korean Air for their journeys.

The airline deploys wide-body aircraft like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8i on this route.

Masakatsu Ukon, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

About Korean Air

Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., operating as Korean Air, is the flag carrier of South Korea. It is the nation’s largest airline based on fleet size, international destinations, and international flights. The carrier is owned by the Hanjin Group.

Here’s a quick summary about Korean Air:

  • Founded in 1969, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea
  • One of the 10 airlines ranked as a 5-star airline. It also ranks in the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried.
  • Founding member of SkyTeam alliance and SkyTeam Cargo.
  • Has its hubs at Seoul-Gimpo and Seoul-Incheon.
  • Operates flights to 126 cities in 44 countries.

Korean Air is known for its excellent service and amenities. They offer First Class, Prestige Class (Business Class) and Economy Class cabins on their flights.

First Class and Prestige Class passengers can enjoy spacious seating, complimentary amenities, and in-flight entertainment systems.

Economy Class passengers also have access to a variety of amenities, including personal seatback TVs and complimentary meals and beverages.

Increased Flight Frequencies on Major Routes

In response to growing demand, Korean recently announced increase flight frequencies on popular routes. This will see service increases in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. 

Flight increases for the summer season have now commenced from 31 March.

In North America, Korean Air will increase services on the Seoul Incheon-Dallas route. This is set to rise from four flights per week to daily flights.

As a gateway to the south-central United States, the daily flights will facilitate enhanced connectivity for passengers traveling to and from the dynamic city.


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