Korean Air will operate a total of 20 291-seat Boeing 777-300ER chartered flights per week to Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand, from Dec. 24 to Feb. 28, 2020.
The Auckland route will depart Incheon International Airport at 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday (every other week) and arrive in Auckland at 10:40 a.m. the next day, while the return flight will depart at 12:10 p.m. and arrive at Incheon at 8 p.m.
The Auckland route is a steady increase in visitors during the winter season and has been operating regular flights seven times a week (Boeing 747-8i) from five existing mid-sized flights per week (Boeing 777-300ER) since October 27 and will operate the charter flights on additional demand.
The Christchurch route (KE9127) departs Incheon International Airport at 7:20 p.m. on Friday and Tuesday (every other week) and arrives at Christchurch at 11:20 a.m. the next day, and the return flight (KE9128) leaves at 12:50 p.m. and arrives at Incheon at 9:20 p.m.
As Christchurch is located on the southern island of New Zealand, passengers had to transfer to a domestic flight from Auckland before, but direct charter flights make it more convenient to enjoy the great natural beauty of glaciers and lakes in the opposite season of Korea. This is the first chartered flight in 12 years since 2007.
This will provide travelers with more convenient and diverse schedules through a total of 23 weekly flights from Incheon to the Oceanian region, a Korean Air official said.