News: Korean Ends Houston Service, Air Canada Cancels Planned Tokyo Service & United Upgauges Aircraft On A Europe Route


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The latest airline schedule changes that were put through over the weekend include news that Korean Air looks like it has cancelled its route between Seoul and Houston, Air Canada appearing to reverse a decision to fly between Toronto and Tokyo Narita and United Airlines improving the aircraft it operates on one of its routes to Europe.

Korean Air Cancels Houston Service

Korean Airlines appears to have cancelled its service between Seoul and Houston effective 10 October 2017.

The airline’s planned schedule for the winter looked like this….

KE029 ICN 09:35 – 07:35 IAH (Tue, Fri & Sun)

KE030 IAH 09:40 – 15:55+1 day ICN (Sun)
KE030 IAH 09:50 – 16:05+1 day ICN (Tue & Fri)

…but the last bookable flight now appears to be for outbound travel on 10 October.

The schedule shows the service returning a few weeks later on 29 October but, if you attempt to book these flights, the Korean Air website shows them as unavailable:

Flight search sites like Kayak are still showing the flights as being available (sort of)….

….but the Korean Air site shows this message when you click through:

There’s a possibility that Korean may alter its schedules once again but, if you’re booked to fly this route with Korean and the airline hasn’t been in touch, I would give Korean Air a call to get yourself rebooked asap.

[HT: Routesonline]

Air Canada Cancels Planned Toronto – Narita Service

Air Canada has been operating a daily service between Toronto and Tokyo Narita this past summer and, while the service was always going to be suspended for the wine, it was scheduled to reappear for summer 2018.

Not any more.

This is the schedule Air Canada is currently operating and which was set to return in May 2018:

AC019 YYZ 14:00 – 15:45+1 day NRT (Daily)
AC020 NRT 17:30 – 16:25 YYZ (Daily)

Just as with the Korean Air cancellation above, the flight search engines may hint at the flight still being available….

…but, when you click through to the Air Canada site, you’re only shown options with stopovers:

The good news appears to be that Air Canada operates a daily service between Toronto and Tokyo Haneda so, if you’re already booked on the now cancelled service to Narita, it shouldn’t be too hard to get accommodated on a not too dissimilar flight…although if you were planning to connect on in Narita this could be an issue.

[HT: Routesonline]

United Airlines Schedules A Dreamliner To Zurich

From 24 March 2018 United Airlines will be operating a 787-8 Dreamliner between Washington Dulles and Zurich on the following schedule:

UA052 IAD 18:00 – 08:05+1 day ZRH (Daily)
UA053 ZRH 11:55 – 15:00 IAD (Daily)

The aircraft being replaces in one of United 767-300 aircraft so the Dreamliner should be an improvement in a number of areas.

United Airlines 787-9 DreamlinerImage: Masakatsu Ukon via Flickr

  • The Dreamliner offers 6 more Business Class seats than the 767
  • The Dreamliner offers 21 more Economy Plus seats than the 767
  • The “Polaris” Business Class seats in the Dreamliner give passengers longer and wider flat beds than found on the 767
  • Economy Class seats on the Dreamliner get 1″ more seat pitch (32″) than is offered on the 767

Business Class awards should be easier to find, if you can’t confirm an upgrade at the time of booking there shouldn’t be too much trouble reserving an Economy Plus seat (35″ of seat pitch) and, even if you’re traveling in regular Economy Class, you’ll have a little more room on the Dreamliner than you would have had on the 767 – everyone’s a winner 🙂