British Airways London-Seoul service commences with the arrival of Flight BA17 from Heathrow
The arrival of flight BA17 at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport at 0830 on December 3 marks the successful launch of British Airways’ newest long-haul route and its much-awaited return to Korea.
The return flight from Seoul Incheon, BA18, departed for London Heathrow yesterday morning at 1115.
“With the arrival of flight BA17 yesterday morning and our proud return to Korea, we celebrate a milestone in our commitment to increasing our presence in Asia,” Jamie Cassidy, British Airways Area General Manager, Middle East and Asia Pacific, said after arriving on the flight. “The Republic of Korea is increasingly both a cultural and economic giant and a market with huge potential. We welcome this opportunity to strengthen trade and tourism between Korea and the United Kingdom.”
From today, BA17 and BA18 will operate six times a week non-stop between London Heathrow and Seoul Incheon and marks the airline’s return to Korea after 14 years.
Served by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, British Airways customers from Seoul have a choice of four cabins, including the airline’s new First class, Club World business class with award-winning fully flat beds, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller economy class.
British Airways is the only airline to offer premium economy seating on the Seoul-London route and is also the only member of the oneworld alliance to fly non-stop between the two cities.
“We are delighted to be flying to Korea once again,” said Vishal Sinha, British Airways Regional General Manager, Japan & Korea. “No matter what their budget, British Airways has a lot to offer to customers in Korea looking for a premium travel experience with easy access to the rest of Europe.
“For over 90 years, British Airways has been leading the way in innovation and cutting-edge design. Last year, we announced a £5 billion (about KRW9 trillion) investment in new aircraft, upgraded cabins and enhanced service,” Sinha added. “We will continue to offer our customers the very best travel experience, from the moment they buy a ticket to when they leave the airport at their final destination.”
Customers flying from Korea will arrive at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, which Skytrax named the World’s Best Airport Terminal 2012 based on a survey of 12 million travellers. Terminal 5, or T5, is an ultramodern and environmentally friendly facility exclusive to passengers of British Airways and its sister airline, Iberia. T5 offers smooth and fast connections to British Airways’ extensive UK and Europe route network.
An example of the British Airways’ pioneering heritage is its partnership with Tangerine Design and its Korean co-founder, Lee Don-Tae, to develop award-winning Club World business class seats and the acclaimed “yin-yang” seating configuration, which is unique to British Airways.