Korean Air, America’s largest Asian airline, is launching nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, beginning in May 2014.
The inaugural flight will take place on May 2, with service aboard a B777-200 aircraft. Nonstop flights connecting the two destinations will depart from the Terminal D facility at Bush Intercontinental Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
“We’re very bullish on the Americas,” says John Jackson, the airline’s vice president of marketing for North and South America. “Houston is the fourth largest metro area in the U.S. with a very strong travel market to Asia. We’ve decided to earn our fair share of the market with a highly competitive product and service that’s hard to beat.”
Houston Mayor Annise Parker agrees with Jackson’s assessment and says that the route represents an exceptional business opportunity for the Korean Air team.
“Houston’s dynamic economy and diverse population continue to strengthen its position on the world stage,” says Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “This new nonstop flight to Seoul is an excellent example of Houston’s enhanced status as a gateway city and key player in the global marketplace.”
Once the new flight is in service, Korean Air will be offering nonstop air service to two Texas destinations.
“We see continued opportunities in the Americas through our own efforts and through our membership in the SkyTeam alliance. And we’ll add more capacity in a variety of other U.S. markets during the upcoming spring and summer seasons,” Jackson said.
Houston represents Korean Air’s 14th gateway in the Americas. Others include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C.
“The economic and cultural ties that exist between the City of Houston and Korea continue to grow stronger in the 21st century,” says Houston Aviation Director, Mario Diaz. “Korean Air recognizes the potential that lies within this growing relationship and the Houston Airport System looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
Korean Air is known for its elegant inflight service and cutting edge entertainment systems. The airline’s Prestige (Business) and First class both feature full flat sleeper seats and award-winning cuisine. Wine lists include premium vintages from the U.S. and Europe.