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Published on May 21, 2024
Direct Flights from San Francisco to Seoul Take Off with Air Premia's Hybrid ServiceSource: San Francisco International Airport

Travelers looking for direct flights to South Korea from the Bay Area have a new option. Air Premia, a South Korean hybrid airline, started its nonstop service from Seoul to San Francisco International Airport this past week, adding a new level of convenience for tourists and business flyers. According to Business Traveller, the service started with flights departing Seoul four times a week, employing the comfortable and modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The flights, which began on May 17, leave Seoul's Incheon Airport every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday at 5:30 p.m. and land in San Francisco at around 12:30 p.m. the same day - thanks to the magic of time zones. On the flip side, return flights leave SFO at 3:00 p.m., whisking passengers back to Incheon Airport by 7:50 p.m. the next day. Air Premia is Korea's first and only HSC (Hybrid Service Carrier), which promises high-quality service without the sticker shock. This philosophy may well resonate with savvy travelers watching their budgets.

The aircraft used on this route feature just the right mix of luxury and economy. They boast a premium economy section with 56 seats that give passengers a generous 43 inches of pitch in a 2-3-2 configuration, while the approximately 280 seats in economy class offer a more standard 30-32 inches pitch in a 3-3-3 setup. As stated on SFO's official website, this comfortable and fuel-efficient aircraft is helping to redefine expectations for what budget-conscious but comfort-demanding international travel looks like.

Not a company to rest on its laurels, Air Premia has grand plans to expand its fleet from the current count of five 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to a number no fewer than 10 over the next few years. This demonstrates a bullish outlook on the part of Air Premia and a growing competitiveness within the vast skies.