Virgin Atlantic has announced a new codeshare agreement with Korean Air, offering customers more opportunities to fly seamlessly to South Korea and beyond.
The first phase of the agreement, which launched on 25 March, now allows customers booking through Virgin Atlantic to have the opportunity to travel directly to Incheon Airport, in South Korea’s capital, Seoul.
By June customers will be able to connect onwards from Seoul to a variety of destinations throughout Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
The codeshare with Korean Air is a first step towards Virgin Atlantic’s entry into Seoul, and is set to enhance the airline’s network in Asia. From May, services to Shanghai, China will resume, alongside an expanded codeshare with IndiGo throughout India and beyond.
Korean Air is one of the founding members of the SkyTeam alliance, which Virgin Atlantic joined in early March 2023. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members will be able to take advantage of SkyPriority services at Seoul Incheon, including priority check-in, baggage handling and boarding.
Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, Juha Jarvinen said the airline is please to have launched this codeshare with Korean Air, and that there will be benefits for its existing customers.
“As one of Asia’s major carriers, Virgin Atlantic customers can benefit from its extensive route network, which will offer more choice throughout Asia and Australasia,” said Jarvinen.
“Our enrolment into SkyTeam, of which Korean Air is a founding member, enhances customer benefits further. Our Flying Club members can enjoy SkyPriority benefits at both London Heathrow and Seoul Incheon as well as earning and redeeming miles across Korean Air’s network.”
Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Da Nang, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City are all destinations available for onward connections in May, with Hong Kong, Fukuoka, Kansai, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya, Tokyo Narita, and Okinawa to join in June.