The US Is Poised To Be One Of Korean Air’s Biggest Markets In December

Korean Air recently published its flight schedule for December, and it looks like the United States will be getting a decent amount of service next month. The airline will be flying to nine American cities with a few daily frequencies thrown in. Let’s see what the airline has planned.

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Honolulu is not on the schedule for December, unfortunately. The carrier is continuing to leave the route suspended. Photo: Getty Images

Korean Air’s December service to the US

With the release of the airline’s December schedule, we can see that nine US cities will see service next month. Some cities will even see daily service. The list of destinations and their frequencies are as follows:

  • Atlanta (ATL): Seven times weekly (Once daily)
  • Boston (BOS): Three times weekly
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): Three times weekly
  • Washington D.C. (IAD): Four times weekly
  • New York (JFK): Seven times weekly (Once daily)
  • Los Angeles (LAX): 10 times weekly
  • Chicago (ORD): Four times weekly
  • Seattle (SEA): Three times weekly
  • San Francisco (SFO): Five times weekly
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The cities and their frequencies, combined with connectivity through SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines should allow for a good level of accessibility across the United States. Photo:

When looking at the airline’s schedule strictly in terms of service by country, the United States is indeed one of Korean Air’s largest markets next month. With a schedule outside of the global health crisis, China would normally be Korean Air’s largest market. However, many of the routes to this country remain suspended.

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What aircraft will Korean Air fly to the US?

According to, these are the aircraft most often flying to listed US destinations:

  • Atlanta (ATL): Boeing 787-9 (although an A380 flew there once last month)
  • Boston (BOS): Boeing 787-9
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): Boeing 787-9
  • Washington D.C. (IAD): Boeing 787-9
  • New York (JFK): Boeing 777-300ER
  • Los Angeles (LAX): Boeing 777-300ER
  • Chicago (ORD): Boeing 777-300ER
  • Seattle (SEA): Airbus A330-300
  • San Francisco (SFO): Airbus A330-300
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Korean Air will fly the Boeing 787-9 to lower-volume US destinations such as Washington D.C. and Boston. Photo: Vincenzo Pace |

Other December destinations for Korean Air

According to the airline’s flight data, many of the cities worldwide the airline will fly to will have a planned frequency of two to four times per week. Some cities will even be as infrequent as once per week. These include Moscow, Guangzhou, and Shenyang. At least for Guangzhou, the service will feature the airline’s only active A380.

There are a few popular spots that will receive daily service. The cities are Bangkok, Tokyo (Narita), Ho Chi Minh, and Manila. These cities are big markets for the airline with strong economic links.

Unfortunately, South Korea remains fairly restricted for incoming travelers. Since April 13th, visa exemption entry into South Korea for 90 countries has been suspended. Furthermore, all passengers entering Korea will undergo special quarantine at a government-mandated facility at their own expense.

Furthermore, all passengers (excluding South Korean) who depart from Uzbekistan, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, and Nepal within the last 14 days and are arriving/transferring to Korea via a third country will need to present a PCR-negative certificate.

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