Swiss To Commence Services to Seoul Incheon in Summer 2024

Although controlled by Lufthansa, Swiss has maintained over the years a very extensive network of destinations served across the globe. As its predecessor Swissair the Helvetic carrier has made a name for itself in the premium travel segment. Particularly its first class is one of the most sought after experiences for frequent flyers and aviation enthusiasts all over. The airline will be further expanding its long haul network this upcoming summer with a new intercontinental route to the far east. Swiss International Air Lines will start offering flights from Zurich to Seoul in summer of 2024. Here’s all there is to know about flight LX122.

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Swiss Fourth East Asian Destination

LX122 flight, from Zurich to Seoul Incheon, will be the carrier’s fourth flight to the far east. Currently the carrier flies to 3 important financial destinations:

  • Tokyo (Narita – NRT)
  • Shanghai (PVG)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)

The missing fourth financial destination in the far east was without a doubt Seoul (ICN). Until passengers travelling with the Lufthansa Group airlines had only one option to make their way to South Korea, fly with Lufthansa. The German national carrier was the only airline of the group flying year round to the buzzing Korean capital. The only option available was which airport to depart from, either Frankfurt or Munich.

However starting 2024 this is going to change. There will be a new airline of the LH Group offering flights to Seoul. My last trip to Korea I flew on one of those Lufthansa services from Rome to Seoul via Munich. As a note of interest, on my next trip later this year I’ll be flying Air France and I’ll cover the experience here on TTWWU.

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-300 taking off from Zurich international airport. The same plane the airline will be using on the new LX122 flight from Zurich to Seoul

Swiss International Flight LX122 Schedule

Flights will start just ahead of the summer season when an ever growing number of travellers make their way from Europe to Korea and viceversa. The first service from Zurich to Seoul is scheduled to take to the skies starting May 7th 2024. As for the frequency of the flights from ZRH to ICN they will operate 3 times per week, every:

  • Tuesday
  • Friday
  • Sunday

While the return flights will depart the following day from Seoul to make their way back to Zurich.

Flight NumberDeparture AirportAirport CodeDeparture TimeArrival AirportAirport CodeArrival Time
Swiss flight LX122LX122ZurichZRH13:40SeoulICN08:25+1
Swiss flight LX122LX123SeoulICN09:55ZurichZRH16:50

The A340 On the Zurich to Seoul Route With Its Exclusive First and Weird Business Class

The Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-300 is the aircraft of choice for this flight. The Helvetic airline is one of few carrier’s around the world still operating this aircraft type.

The configuration of the aircraft features the full array of Swiss travel classes with:

  • 8 First Class seats in a 1-2-1 layout.
  • 42 Business Class seats in an alternating 1-2-1 and 2-2-1 layout.
  • 21 Premium Economy Class seats in a 2-3-2 layout.
  • 144 Economy Class seats in a 2-4-2 layout.

Premium Economy and Economy are fairly normal in their seat layouts and First class is very sought after, Business class on these Swiss jets is really strange.

There are so many different seat types available that can dramatically change your onboard experience. On one row you’ll have one seat which doesn’t have direct aisle access. Specifically odd numbered rows, in seat A. While on even numbered rows you’ll have the so called throne in the A seats but on the other side of the cabin Ks will be very exposed to the aisle and not attached to the window.

In essence be very careful when booking a Business class seat on flight LX122 from Zurich to Seoul, or on any operated by the Airbus A340-300. Your travel experience can vary massively depending on which seat you are assigned.

Also wrapping it up on the Swiss A340 business class, it must be said that it isn’t by any stretch of the imagination the most modern, private or exclusive Business class product operating on South Korea to Europe sectors.

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Alex Achille

Ex Cabin Crew with Emirates, I've always loved travelling and other cultures. In this website I'll be sharing my experiences along with my reviews of the latest Korean Dramas and TV Series I've watched.

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