Korean Air brings Boeing 787s onto Brisbane-Seoul flights

Korean Air brings Boeing 787s onto Brisbane-Seoul flights

EXCLUSIVE | Korean Air will upgrade its Brisbane-Seoul flights to the Boeing 787-9 from late October.

On the seating front, there's little change for first class and business class passengers from the current Airbus A330s: both aircraft provide six first class seats across row one...

... followed by 18 'Prestige Class' business class seats...

... in a three-row, 2-2-2 cabin.

As with first class, these seats transform into fully-flat beds while the staggered design provides direct aisle access for every passenger.

Indeed, the first class seats on both the Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A330-300 are near-identical to business class (below), so the difference is instead in the service, the lounge options at Korean Air's Seoul hub, and on board, a slightly larger TV.

Read: Korean Air's Boeing 787 first class is the same as business class

This switcheroo is currently seasonal, with the Dreamliner appearing between October 29 2018 and April 1 2019 on KE124 flights from Brisbane, and between October 28 and March 31 on KE123 departures from Seoul, before returning to the A330, with bookings now available via Korean Air's website:

Korean Air is the only airline besides Emirates with a first class service from Brisbane, with Emirates providing a daily Brisbane-Singapore flight plus double-daily non-stop flights from the Queensland capital to Dubai, all of which feature private suites in first class – and on A380 flights, private shower spas too.

Also read: Inside Korean Air's new Seoul T2 airport lounges

Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • StudiodeKadent


    28 Sep, 2018 02:43 pm

    Using the same hard product as Business should allow KE to have pretty competitive prices for First. At least in theory.
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  • Traveller14


    29 Sep, 2018 08:07 am

    Does this airline still offer STPC free hotel northbound if one is travelling to LHR or other destinations where the flight(s) for the day depart prior to the flights from Oz arriving at ICN?
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  • Dan Ho


    29 Sep, 2018 12:44 pm

    787 has a much better APEX suite product than the a330. Definitely a plus for my Korean friends as they ONLY fly Korean Air.
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  • grahama33


    1 Oct, 2018 05:15 pm

    Please come back to Melbourne :)
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  • Michael Dart


    1 Oct, 2018 05:29 pm

    If this becomes permanent, this means an availability reduction of 1820 seats yearly in each direction. (Working it out on the 333's 272 total pax count)

    *** provided they maintain a 5 x week schedule.
    I am aware that over the summer period that they will increase the services to daily for a short period.
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26 May, 2019 04:12 pm


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