British Airways Takes Flight Gangnam Style to Seoul

Pictured: BA Boeing 777-200 | British Airways Testing In-Flight Travel Advisors

British Airways Boeing 777 – Image: British Airways

London Heathrow to Seoul Incheon to Begin This Weekend

The long awaited route between London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN) will take flight on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

British Airways has not only timed the flight to arrive at the start of the business day in Seoul, but has timed the departure and arrival at Heathrow to allow for smooth connections across the airlines’ domestic and short-haul European network. The flight will operate from BA’s Terminal Five at Heathrow.

While the route was announced initially announced back in May, the carrier has stated, “the airline is delivering on its promise to increase long haul flying to Asia following parent company, IAG’s, purchase of bmi.”

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Fly to Seoul in Gangnam Style

A Boeing 777-200 will operate the flight six times a week. Customers can fly “Gangnam Style” in First Class and Club World, the airlines’ Business Class, plus World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy) and World Traveler (Economy) on the route.

For those curious, Gangnam, which has taken the world by storm, means “South of the River” and specifically refers to a hot, stylish upmarket district in Seoul.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, commented, “we couldn’t have foreseen the enormous response to the current Gangnam Style phenomenon when we announced the route. It is really helping to put Seoul on the map for UK travellers looking for an exciting and fun destination.”

The “Gangnam Style” hit by Psy has not only put Seoul on the map to UK travelers, but it has piqued the curiosity of travelers around the world.

London Heathrow (LHR) – Seoul Incheon (ICN) Flight Schedule

Flight |  From      |  To        |  Local     |  Local     |  Days of the
number |            |            |  departure |  arrival   |  week flight
       |            |            |  time      |  time      |  operates
-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+--------------
BA017  |  Heathrow  |  Seoul     |  13:00     |  08:55     |  Mon, Tues,
       |  Terminal  |  Incheon   |            |  (the next |  Thurs, Fri,
       |  5         |            |            |  day)      |  Sat, Sun
-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+--------------
BA018  |  Seoul     |  Heathrow  |  10:45     |  14:00     |  Mon, Tues,
       |  Incheon   |  Terminal  |            |            |  Wed, Fri,
       |            |  5         |            |            |  Sat, Sun

British, European and Korean Economic Benefits

Williams also said, “When we decided to launch Seoul, we were basing it on the strong demand from business travellers in both directions given the city’s strong economic base.”

Return fares, including taxes and fees, for those making the trek from Heathrow on British Airways start at £650 for a World Traveller seat, £999 for World Traveller Plus, £2,596 in Club World and £5,772 for First Class.

Gangnam District in Seoul

Skyscrapers of Gangnam District in Seoul – Go Gangnam Style

Korean Airlines and Asiana

Other airlines, including Seoul-Incheon based Korean Airlines and Asiana Airlines fly from major cities across America, Asia, Australia, and Europe to Seoul. Korean Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance which includes US Based Delta Air Lines and Asiana is a member of Star Alliance with members including United and US Airways.

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