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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.
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.