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Korean Air: A Global Aviation Powerhouse

Korean Air is South Korea’s largest airline and one of the world’s top 20 airlines in terms of passenger traffic. Founded in 1946 as Korean National Airlines, the carrier has grown rapidly over the years to become a major player in the global aviation industry.

Today, Korean Air operates a fleet of over 160 aircraft, serving 123 cities in 43 countries worldwide. The airline is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance and has partnerships with other leading carriers such as Delta Air Lines and Air France.

Korean Air has earned a reputation for excellence in both passenger and cargo transportation. The airline has won numerous awards for its quality of service, including the prestigious World Airline Awards, which it has won multiple times. The airline’s cargo division, Korean Air Cargo, is also a major player in the global freight market, with a fleet of over 30 cargo aircraft serving destinations around the world.

In addition to its commercial aviation operations, Korean Air is also involved in a variety of other businesses. The airline has a strong presence in the aerospace industry, manufacturing and supplying aircraft components and parts to companies such as Boeing and Airbus. Korean Air also has a successful catering business, providing in-flight meals and other services to airlines around the world.

One of the key factors behind Korean Air’s success has been its commitment to safety. The airline has a strong safety record and has implemented numerous measures to ensure the safety and security of its passengers and crew. Korean Air was also one of the first airlines in the world to introduce a comprehensive anti-terrorism program, which includes training programs for crew members and the use of advanced security technologies.

Korean Air has also been a leader in environmental sustainability, implementing a range of measures to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainable aviation practices. The airline has invested in fuel-efficient aircraft and has implemented programs to reduce energy consumption and waste production.

Despite facing challenges in recent years, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and tensions on the Korean peninsula, Korean Air has remained a strong and resilient company. With its commitment to safety, sustainability, and innovation, the airline is well-positioned to continue to play a leading role in the global aviation industry for years to come.

Airline Alliance


Korean Air was a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance that was formed in 2000. SkyTeam Alliance is a leading airline network, with 20 member airlines. SkyTeam alliance was founded in 2000 and now consists of member airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Air Europa, China Southern, Alitalia, China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM and others. The SkyTeam Alliance network provides nearly 16,323 daily flights, with 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.



Codeshare Agreements

Korean Air has codeshare agreements with a number of airlines. Codeshare agreements aim to offer passengers creater choice through more connectivity, by opening up new routes. Under Korean Air’s codeshare agreements, a flight ticket might be issued by Korean Air, and the reservation will be with Korean Air, but the flight will actually be operated by another (codeshare partner) airline. The airline has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Aeroflot Aerolíneas Argentinas Aeroméxico Air Europa
Air France Air Tahiti Nui Alaska Airlines Alitalia
American Airlines Aurora Airlines China Airlines China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines Czech Airlines Delta Air Lines Emirates
Etihad Airways Garuda Indonesia Gol Transportes Aéreos Hainan Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines Japan Airlines Jin Air (Subsidiary) Kenya Airways
Malaysia Airlines MIAT Mongolian Airlines Myanmar Airways International Rossiya Airlines
Royal Brunei Airlines Saudia Shanghai Airlines Uzbekistan Airways
Vietnam Airlines WestJet XiamenAir  


Interline agreements

An interline agreement is an agreement between two (+) airlines to effectively handle passengers when their itinerary involves travelling on multiple airlines. Korean Air also has interline agreements with the following airlines: Flybe and Jetblue.



Korean Air Frequent Flyer Program


Korean Air operates a frequent flyer program called SKYPASS. SKYPASS also refers to the blue card which Korean Air frequent-flyers are given. The program’s elite levels are comparable to those of other airlines’ frequent-flyer programs, requiring members to fly 30,000 miles per two-year cycle.

Qualification for the highest level is based on lifetime flight miles, requiring a customer to fly 1 million miles for Million Miler, which is the highest elite status; or 500,000 miles for Morning Calm Premium, which comes second. Both membership levels are eligible for SkyTeam Elite Plus privileges. Membership in these levels is granted for life.


Skywards is Emirates’ frequent-flyer program. Through Korean Air’s partnership with Emirates, Skywards members can earn and redeem miles when flying with Korean Air.

Collecting and earning SKYPASS miles

When you make a Korean Air booking through Fastofly, you easily collect SKYPASS – simply select ‘SKYPASS’ as your chosen frequent flyer program and quote your membership number when making your reservation.

Partner Airlines: Collect SKYPASS miles when you fly with Korean Air’s SkyTeam partner airlines. Simply provide your SKYPASS membership number when booking your tickets, and present your SKYPASS card at airport check-in. The full list of SkyTeam partner airlines .



Flight Check-In

Check-In Online

Online check-in can be done through Korean Air’s website.

Domestic Flights: Online check-in opens 48 hours and closes 40 minutes before scheduled departure.

International Flights: Online check-in opens 48 hours and closes 1 hour before departure. On flights to/from the USA and Canada, online check-in opens 24 hours and closes 1 hour before departure.

Check-In at the Airport

Domestic flights: check-in closes 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

International flights: check-in closes 40 minutes prior to scheduled departure. 60 minutes at airports in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Closing time may vary according to each airport’s policies, so it is always best to check the airport’s recommendations.



Baggage Allowance

Please note that the following information is a guide – free baggage allowances vary with itineraries, seating classes, and SKYPASS membership grades, and will be confirmed during the booking process. Find out how to add baggage to your Korean Air booking here.

Carry-On Baggage

Economy: 1 piece at 12kg max

First/ and Prestige: 2 pieces at 18kg max

All carry-on baggage must measure up to 40cm in width, 20cm in height and 55cm in depth, including the handle and wheels. One additional personal item, such as a laptop, briefcase, handbag, is also permitted for Economy Class (total weight should not exceed 12k).

Checked Baggage


The maximum size of all checked luggage is (width + heights + depth) is 158cm/62in. Excess baggage and overweight baggage will be subject to charges.

SKYPASS members will be entitled to extra baggage allowance, depending on the membership level.


Korea to/from America 2 x piece, 23kg max per bag 2 x piece, 32kg max per bag 3 x piece, 32kg max per bag
Korea/USA to/from Brazil 2 x piece, 32kg max per bag n/a 3 x piece, 32kg max per bag
All other international flights 1 x piece, 23kg max per bag 2 x piece, 32kg max per bag 3 x pieces, 32kg max per bag
Domestic (within Korea) 20kg 30kg n/a


Korean Air Class Tiers

Korean Air offers three types class types: Economy Class, Business Class, and First Class.



Korean Air Economy Class

Economy Class on Korean Air has been recently upgraded to not only include a comfortable wide seating and individual TV screen, but also the new AVOD system!


Economy Class Facilities

Enjoy from a comfortable ergonomically designed seat with a your own personal TV screen (aircraft depending).

Meals are served on board of a selections of Japanese, traditional Korean, Chinese and selected Western dishes. Food on board this airline is rated as one of the best in the world, as seen on our ‘best airlines for economy’ page.

Amenity kit with slippers and toothbrush set is provided and you can also request for a wake-up service.

Mood lighting is available for either eating, sleeping or reading to help adjust your eyes.

Disabled toilets are available to create the best accessibility for all passengers on board.


Economy Class Seats

Economy Class seating on Korean Air is sized at 17.2 – 18.1 inches wide. The seats recline at 118 degrees with a sliding cushion for added back support.

Note that there are different seat sizes on selected aircraft:

B747-8i, B787-9: 17.2 inches wide

B777, A330, A380-800 : 18.1 inches wide

Korean Air Premium Economy

While Korean Air doesn’t have a dedicated Premium Economy cabin class.


Business Class

Korean Air’s Prestige Class offers an exclusive in-flight service so that you enjoy the journey as much as you enjoy your trip.

Business Class Facilities

Korean Air Business Class passengers can make use of the Exclusive Prestige check-in counter to avoid waiting in line to check-in for their flight. Once in the lounge, passengers can use the showers and saunas at the Grand Hyatt Incheon hotel at no extra charge.

But, the luxury doesn’t stop at the airport! On board your Korean Air flight, First and Prestige (Business) class passengers can enjoy drinks at the “Celestial Bar.” With exquisite design and lighting, the ‘Celestial Bar; allows passengers to get away from their seat and wind down with a delicious cocktail.

On long-haul flights, business class passengers have personal TV-screens (size depending on craft). Passengers will have access to an in-flight amenity kit with three luxury cosmetic items alongside eye masks, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Find sockets to keep your devices fully charged so you never run out of battery on your Business Class trip again.

What are Business Class Seats Like?

In your Korean Air prestige suite, there’s enough room to stretch out with over 75in of space between each row. Each seat converts into a 180-degree fully-flat bed, making sure you get the best night sleep possible on your Korean Air Business Class flight.




First Class

First Class Facilities

Before flying, enjoy benefits including advanced seat selection, Premium Care service (a Korean Air staff member will personally guide you through Incheon Airport, all the way to the boarding gate), premium lounge access (exclusive to first class passengers) and shower/sauna facilities, and priority boarding and baggage.

Onboard, enjoy world-class dining, with carefully selected wines. Those flying for more than 6 hours will receive a luxury amenity kit, high-quality duvet, and in-flight comfort clothing. Wake-up service also provided. Personal lighting can be adjusted and each seat is equipped with a power supply.

A380 airplanes have an onboard ‘Celestial Bar’, a premium relaxation space.

What is the First Class Seating Like?

The type and size of seat and its features will vary depending on the aircraft, flight time, and route. Seating includes:

Kosmo Suites: The Kosmo Suite is 26.5 inches wide and folds 180 degrees flat into a bed. The Kosmo Suite’s back support and footrest can be controlled by the touch control unit which is installed into the suite. Each suite has a 23-inch LCD monitor which can be used to access Korean Air’s inflight entertainment system and every passenger is given headphones made by Bose which ensure the best quality and block out external sounds.

Kosmo Suites 2.0: The Kosmo Suites 2.0 is 80 inches long, 24 inches wide and includes 83-inches of space between each site. Each suite comes fully equipped with an LCD TV screen, a personal workspace and sliding doors for total privacy.

Kosmo Sleeper: The Kosmo sleeper is 78 inches long, 21.1 inches wide and includes 83 inches of space between each seat. Each seat comes with a 17-inch LCD monitor, which can be used to access the airlines’ in-flight entertainment system. The Kosmo sleeper has a private work desk and individual reading lamp so that you have your own personal in-flight workspace.

Sleeper: The Sleeper seats transform into 180 degree full flat beds. Each seat is fitted with a 23-inch LCD monitor with access to the airlines’ in-flight entertainment system.

Does First Class Have a First Class Lounge?

Korean Air’s First Class lounge can be found at Seoul Incheon Airport and is exclusive to First Class passengers.



Korean Air Seat Selection

Fastofly is proud to now offer seat selection on Korean Air flights. Passengers are able to pre-book Korean Air seats at the time of booking. Browse available seats and improve your in-flight experience by reserving your seat ahead of time.


In-flight Entertainment

Korean Air offers an exciting range of movies, short features, CD albums and music channels to keep you entertained on board your flight.

First Class: All First Class passengers have personal TV screens.

Business Class: On most flights (all long-haul flights) Business Class passengers also have personal touchscreen television screens to enjoy – size depends on aircraft.

Economy: Available entertainment features will vary depending on the flight route and aircraft. The airline’s new ‘New Economy Product’ (on all 737 MAX 8, A220-300 aircraft) means that on long-haul flights, all Economy passengers also have personal TV screens. Otherwise, passengers can pre-download entertainment onto their personal devices to enjoy during the flight.

TV shows

There’s a TV show for every age and every taste with Korean Air, find cartoons, dramas and documentaries to stop you from getting bored on board.


From action-packed super hero movies to classic period dramas, you can find a film to suit every taste on board your Korea Air flight.



WiFi is not currently* available on Korean Air flights.

*Korean Air is working towards providing inflight WiFi, which is expected to debut on its new aircraft deliveries, which are scheduled for delivery through 2020.


In-Flight Food

Korean Air Meal Options

Passengers in Korean Air First class can enjoy top quality dishes on board their flights inspired by authentic Korean cuisine. The menu consists of a starter, main course, side dishes and dessert.

Korean Air Prestige Class passengers are offered a wide variety of Korean dishes, such as crab in soy sauce, Dongchimi noodles, Kalbi-jjim and bibimbap.

Passengers in Economy class are offered either traditional Korean-inspired dishes, as well as western, Chinese and Japanese dishes, dependent on the destination of your flight. In addition, long flights include a snack service featuring items such as ramen, pizza and rice cakes.


Special Dietary Requirements

Korean Air serves a wide variety of dishes suitable for special dietary requirements. These items must be ordered at least 24 hours prior to flight departure time. When you make your booking through Fastofly, you can select a meal option at the time of booking, or you can contact our customer service team before you fly.

Korean Air are one of few airlines who provide a special meal for passengers with allergies. Read more about flying with a nut allergy here. The meals available are as follows:

      Infants and Children   Baby Meals  
          Child meal  
      Vegetarians   Lacto-Ovo meal  
          Vegan meal  
          Hindu meal  
          Jain meal  
          Oriental meal  
          Raw vegetarian meal  
      Special Dietary Needs   Low-fat meal  
          Diabetic meal  
          Low-calorie meal  
          Bland meal  
          Gluten Intolerant meal  
          Low-salt meal  
          Low-lactose meal  
      Religious Meals   Muslim meal  
          Hindu meal  
          Kosher meal  
      Other Special Meals   Seafood meal  
          Fruit platter meal  
          Allergy meal  


Drinks & Alcohol

Korean Air passengers in First Class and Prestige Class are provided a full drinks service including premium wines and top quality champagne.

Economy class passengers can enjoy a wine service featuring specially selected wines from France, Chile and Australia.



Korean Air’s Fleet

Accurate as of October 2019


Airbus A220-300 10 102-105 (25 Economy Plus) n/a n/a
Airbus A321neo (30 ordered) TBC TBC TBC
Airbus A330-200 8 188 24 6
Airbus A330-300 21 248-252 18 6
Airbus A380-800 10 301 94 12
Boeing 737-800 9 126-135 12 n/a
Boeing 737-900 16 180 8 n/a
Boeing 737-900ER 6 147 12 n/a
Boeing 737-MAX 8 (30 ordered) 108 (24+ Economy Plus) 8 n/a
Boeing 747-400 2 308 45 12
Boeing 747-8I 10 314 48 6
Boeing 777-200ER 14 212-225 28 8
Boeing 777-300 4 297 35 6
Boeing 777-300ER 26 (+4 ordered) 227 42-56 8
Boeing 787-9 10 (+10 ordered) 245 18 6
Boeing 787-10 (20 ordered) TBC TBC TBC




Domestic Destinations

Scheduled passenger services, accurate 2019


Busan Gimhae International Airport
Cheongju Cheongju International Airport
Daegu Daegu International Airport
Gunsan Gunsan Airport
Gwangju Gwangju Airport
Jeju Jeju International Airport
Jinju Sacheon Airport
Pohang Pohang Airport
Cheongju Gimpo International Airport
Seoul Cheongju International Airport
Seoul Incheon International Airport
Ulsan Ulsan Airport
Wonju Wonju Airport
Yeosu Yeosu Airport


International Destinations

Scheduled passenger services, accurate 2019


Australia Brisbane Brisbane Airport (BNE)
Australia Sydney Sydney Airport
Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Canada Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
China Vancouver Vancouver International Airport
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
China Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
China Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
China Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
China Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
China Huangshan Huangshan Tunxi International Airport
China Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
China Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
China Mudanjiang Mudanjiang Hailang International Airport
China Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
China Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport (DYG)
China Qingdao Qingdao Liuting International Airport
China Shanghai Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
China Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
China Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
China Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
China Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
China Weihai Weihai Dashuibo Airport
China Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
China Xi’an Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
China Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
China Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport
China Yantai Yantai Penglai International Airport
China Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Croatia Zagreb Zagreb Airport
Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Guam Hagåtña Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport
India Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Indonesia Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport
Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Italy Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Japan Aomori Aomori Airport
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport
Japan Kagoshima Kagoshima Airport
Japan Komatsu Komatsu Airport
Japan Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport
Japan Naha Naha Airport
Japan Niigata Niigata Airport
Japan Oita Oita Airportt
Japan Okayama Okayama Airport
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport
Japan Sapporo New Chitose Airport
Japan Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND)
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Maldives Male Velana International Airport
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan International Airport
Myanmar Yangon Yangon International Airport
Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
New Zealand Auckland Auckland International Airport
Palau Koror Roman Tmetuchl International Airport
Philippines Cebu Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Philippines Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Philippines Clark Clark Airport (CRK)
Russia Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport
Russia Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport
Russia Vladivostok Vladivostok International Airport
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Spain Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Switzerland Zürich Zürich International Airportt
Taiwan Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Thailand Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport
Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport
Turkey Istanbul Istanbul Arnavutköy International Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport (DXB)
United States Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
United States Boston Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
United States Chicago Chicago O’Hare International Airport
United States Dallas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
United States Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
United States Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport
United States London London Heathrow International Airport
United States San Francisco San Francisco International Airport
United States Seattle Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
United States Washington, D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport
United States Tashkent Tashkent International Airport
United States San Francisco Lien Khuong Airport
Vietnam Da Lat San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport
Vietnam Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Vietnam Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport

Hub Airport

Incheon International Airport

Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and is Korean Air’s main hub. It is the primary airport serving the Seoul Capital Area and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Incheon International Airport is also the hub airport for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, and Jeju Air.

The airport has three runaways and has a passenger capacity of 50 million per year. The leading carriers which use Incheon International Airport include Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines and Cathay Pacific.


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