Korean Air briefly returns to Brisbane

The SkyTeam member revamps its Australian schedule and restores a popular route, if only for two months...

By David Flynn, August 18 2022
Korean Air briefly returns to Brisbane

Korean Air will return to Brisbane in early 2023, restoring the pre-pandemic route three days a week between January 1 and February 27.

A spokesperson for the airline had confirmed the change to Executive Traveller, with the airline’s timetable now listing the following schedule for the Airbus A330:

  • Sunday, Wednesday and Friday will see KE407 leaving Seoul at 7.45pm, reaching Brisbane at 6.15am the following day
  • Monday, Thursday and Saturday show the KE408 return leg wheels-up from Brisbane at 8.50am, arriving into Seoul at 5.40pm

These A330s feature Korean Air's Prestige Class business suites, arranged in rows of 2-2-2 – although as noted in a previous review of Korean Air’s A330 business class between Seoul and Brisbane, the unique staggered layout lets each passenger enjoy direct access to the aisle.

However, Korean Air says it will not be temporarily suspending its Seoul-Sydney service, despite reports this was flagged in an update shared with travel agents this morning.

As it happens, the skies between Sydney and Seoul are set to become more crowded from the end of this year with Jetstar launching thrice-weekly flights from November 2 and Qantas following with four series a week on December 10.

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02 Apr 2017

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I just saw these when trying to book flights to Mongolia next year! Finally! Always my preferred option to Europe and Central Asia.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2017

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I know this is restoring a pre-pandemic route but I honestly cannot understand the strategy of the airlines. By the end of the year KAL, Asiana, Qantas, Jetstar and T’way will all have direct Seoul-Sydney flights and now there’s this Seoul-Brisbane leg returning. That makes nothing for Melbourne. It makes no sense to me to leave such a large market unserved. International transit in Sydney is even more terrible than it used to be. The absence of a direct flight to Melbourne is a huge barrier for Korean tourist groups. I can’t see Qantas taking any Korean-origin business class passengers off Korean Air given that OneWorld has very low presence in Korea. The KAL/Asiana merger and Asiana’s likely exit from Star Alliance means that Sky Team will be the dominant alliance for any Korean business travelers so there’s no way they’ll choose Qantas to go to Sydney. If Qantas based their flight to Seoul out of Melbourne they could have had the entire market to themselves. 

04 Aug 2018

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Korean will generally fly with Korean Air regardless of price as it's more comfortable for them especially due to language and cultural barriers. Even if Qantas opened up flight ICN-MEL, Koreans who wanted to go to Melbourne would likely still take Korean Air to Sydney. Can't see that changing much anytime soon. Korean Air has a very big monopoly even with Asiana still operating


02 Nov 2012

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Interesting comment, so even stronger than the QF / NZ Aud andf NZ "tax"!

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