Korean Air Cargo is launching a three times a week B777F service between Incheon and Delhi from 17 July 2018.
Korean Air is currently operating direct passenger flights from Incheon to Mumbai and Delhi, each three and five times a week respectively. The carrier said the the decision to introduce the maindeck service accompanies the South Korean government’s new diplomatic strategy to strengthen partnership with India alongside the rapid growth of the Indian market. Korean Air will operate its Boeing 777F freighter three times a week (Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday).
The Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday flights will depart at 11:10 PM from Incheon, make a stop at Hanoi and arrive at Delhi at 6:15 AM the next day. From Delhi to Incheon, there will be two stops at Vienna, Austria and Milan, Italy.
“Demand for air cargo from Asia to India has shown a sharp boost recently; an average of 6.5 per cent annual increase in the last three years,” a Korean Air spokesperson said. “We are anticipating new demand and improved profitability through optimised cargo routes.”
Meanwhile, Korean Air it is preparing to take a new leap forward in the air cargo business, celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. The cargo carrier is currently operating a fleet of four B747-400ERFs, seven B747-8F and 12 B777Fs. Currently two B747-400F are parked.