Delta Air Lines launched its first flight between Seoul and Atlanta on the first Saturday of this month.
By Anna Kim
Delta Air Lines, which serves more than 180 million customers each year, marked a new daily nonstop service between Delta’s Atlanta hub and Seoul-Incheon International Airport with DL 27/KE 5026 on June 3rd.
The ribbon cutting took place at the F2 gate in the Atlanta International Terminal. The event had Governor Nathan Deal, Rob Lebel Specialty Sales Rob Lebel, Roberto Ioriatti Vice President Asia-Pacific Pricing and RM and other dignitaries as VIP guests, who addressed passengers prior to the flight’s departure.
Enthralled by Korean traditional fan dance by the Korean Cultural Center, passengers enjoyed mini cupcakes, Korean pastries, and beverages against commemorative plane cake on display. The boarding started at 12:05 p.m. through 1:05 p.m. and commemorative gifts were provided for passengers.
This flight was operated on a Boeing 777-200LF aircraft, featuring 37 lie-flat seats with direct aisle access in Delta One, 36 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 218 seats in the main cabin with nine-abreast seating layout. Satellite-based Wi-Fi and power ports are equipped at every seat along with personal in-flight entertainment on demand.
Delta’s new launch complements existing Korean Air service between Atlanta and Seoul-Incheon, giving passengers more non-stop options to and from Asia and more convenience. Moreover, Delta’s codeshare footprint marketing agreement with Korean Air is also expanded, which means passengers can be connected through Seoul to many other destinations in Asia.
Delta and Korean Air are moving forward, working hand in hand.
“Our expanded partnership with Delta allows our customers to travel more conveniently with more options between Asia and the Americas, strengthening our position as the world’s largest trans-Pacific airline,” said Walter Cho, Korean Air’s C.O.O, in a press release. “Travelers will benefit from the combined network strength of Korean Air and Delta resulting in greater schedule flexibility and increased frequency.”
Effectively, combined, Delta and Korean Air will offer round-trip connectivity to 142 destinations in the Americas and 33 destinations across Asia between their joint Atlanta-Seoul schedules. The two airlines plan to launch the new code share, subject to government approvals.
Delta Air Lines, which has 3 nonstop service destinations between Atlanta and Seoul--Detroit, Seattle, and Atlanta-- has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. This honor continued on this year by being named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years.
Meanwhile, Delta and its connection carriers offer service to 335 destinations in 62 countries on six continents. Atlanta-based Delta retains more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 air crafts.
Delta continutes to move forward.
The ribbon cutting took place at the F2 gate in the Atlanta International Terminal.
Governor Nathan Deal addresses passengers prior to the flight’s departure.
Passengers enjoyed mini cupcakes, Korean pastries, and beverages against commemorative plane cake on display.
The event had a lot of dignitaries as VIP guests along with Delta employees.
Korean traditional fan dance by the Korean Cultural Center.