Virgin America has launched a new interline agreement with Korean Air, allowing the two airlines to offer seamless travel on the networks of both...

Virgin America has launched a new interline agreement with Korean Air, allowing the two airlines to offer seamless travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American, Asian and South American routes.

Korean Air marks the ninth interline partner for rapidly expanding Virgin America, which has grown to serve 17 destinations, operate 148 flights a day and employ 2,500 people since its launch in August 2007.

In addition to the new Korean Air agreement, Virgin America has interline agreements signed with Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, South African Airways, El Al and Qantas.

Virgin America operates an all-Airbus fleet of A319s and A320s and by the middle of the decade could have 76 or more aircraft in service, given the size of its current fleet and existing orders

“We’re pleased to sign an interline agreement with Korean Air (which has the IATA flight designator code KE), an airline known for its award-winning, international service,” says Adam Green, Virgin America’s director of network planning. “This agreement allows us to provide travelers with simple connections and continues the building of our strategic partnerships with foreign carriers that drive connections over our SFO and LAX bases.”

The interline partnership offers a new choice for Korean Air passengers to connect at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) to several other Virgin America destinations from Seoul Incheon (ICN). Korean Air also flies nonstop from LAX to Tokyo Narita and São Paulo Guarulhos.

Effective as of February 22, the agreement allows connecting passengers to purchase interline tickets for travel between the U.S., Japan, Brazil, South Korea, and beyond via travel agents or through KE’s customer call center at 1-800-438-5000.  Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights to passengers’ final destinations.

Korean Air also offers daily service between Los Angeles and Seoul aboard the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Korean Air has installed only only 407 seats on each A380, providing the most spacious configuration of any airline.  Its A380s have 12 First Class Kosmo suites on the lower deck, while the upper deck is entirely devoted to Prestige Business Class. The all-Business Class deck features 94 full flat Prestige Sleeper seats.

The aircraft also comes with an onboard bar and lounge area where passengers can sample Korean Air’s selection of exclusive cocktails, as well as a first-of-its-kind ‘Duty Free Showcase’, which features a wide variety of duty-free products and a dedicated cabin crew member to assist and advise passengers with their shopping needs.

In addition to a Main Cabin economy class that offers leather seats with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, amenities in Virgin America’s First Class cabin include plush white leather seats with 55 inches of pitch and lumbar massagers.

The U.S. carrier’s premium-economy cabin option, Main Cabin Select, offers 38 inches of seat pitch, complimentary food and cocktails, an all-access pass to entertainment options, dedicated overhead bin space, one free checked bag and priority check-in and boarding.

Interline electronic tickets for Virgin America and Korean Air connecting flights can be booked through all the major global distribution systems (GDSs). Travel agents should refer to either carrier’s GDS reference pages for further booking instructions.

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs and, as of April 4, Philadelphia.