Korean Air held an event to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its New York route together with the Korea Tourism Organization, Incheon International Airport Corporation, and Delta Air Lines in Manhattan, New York.
On this occasion, Korean Air received a Senate and General Assembly Citation from New Jersey for the airline’s contribution to America’s eastern region.The airline also presented a plaque of appreciation to the Korean American Associations of New York and New Jersey for their support over the years.
“We extend our deep gratitude to the Korean communities in the region and our esteemed partners for their steadfast support throughout the past 45 years,” said Jin Ho Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Americas Regional Headquarters at Korean Air. “We look forward to bringing you upgraded customer services, including the opening of new lounges, upon the completion of the new Terminal One in 2026.”

The event was attended by Euy Whan Kim, Consul General of Korea in New York; Kwang S. Kim, President of Korean American Association of Greater New York; Adrian Lee, President of The Korean American Association of New Jersey; Grace Lee, New York Assemblywoman; Ellen Park, New Jersey Assemblywoman; Julie Won, New York City Council Member; and Steve Rowland, Executive Director at JFK Terminal One. About 130 people participated in the celebration including representatives from 60 major local travel agencies.

Korean Air provided attendees with a specially produced 45th anniversary wine in collaboration with New York Del Vino Winery and a specially-designed tote bag crafted in collaboration with the Korean Association of New York Artists (KANA), a non-profit culture and arts organization based in New York.

All of the co-hosts promoted Korea as a tourist destination and introduced its strengthened hub competitiveness following the expansion of Incheon International Airport. In addition, companies such as Ceragem and LG, also celebrated the airline’s 45th anniversary through various sponsorships.

Since launching its first service to New York on March 29, 1979, Korean Air has played a key role in facilitating cultural, art, and economic exchanges between the two countries. The airline currently operates two daily flights between New York JFK and Seoul Incheon: flight KE082 departs from JFK at 13:20 and arrives at Seoul Incheon at 17:50 the next day, while flight KE086 leaves JFK at 00:50 and arrives at Seoul Incheon at 05:20 the next day.

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