Asiana Airlines

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Asiana Airlines
Asiana Hanggong
Asiana Airlines.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 17 February 1988; 29 years ago (1988-02-17)
Commenced operations 23 December 1988
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Asiana Club
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 82[1]
Destinations 90 (inc. cargo)
Company slogan 아름다운 사람들(Korean)[2]
Parent company Kumho Asiana Group
Headquarters Osoe-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Key people
  • Kim Soo-Cheon (김수천) (President & CEO)
Revenue Increase KRW 5,552 billion (2015)[3]
Employees 10,380 (2015)
Asiana Airlines
Hangul 항공
Hanja 航空
Revised Romanization Asiana Hanggong
McCune–Reischauer Asiana Hanggong

Asiana Airlines Inc. (Hangul아시아나항공; RRAsiana Hanggong KRX: 020560; formerly Seoul Airlines) is one of South Korea's two major airlines, along with Korean Air. Asiana has its headquarters in Asiana Town building in Seoul.[4] The airline has its domestic hub at Gimpo International Airport and its international hub at Incheon International Airport (70 kilometres (43 mi) from central Seoul).

As a member of Star Alliance, it operates 14 domestic and 90 international passenger routes, and 27 cargo routes throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.[5] As of December 2014, the company employs 10,183 people. The majority of Asiana's pilots, ground staff, and flight attendants are based in Seoul. Asiana Airlines is the largest shareholder in Air Busan, a low-cost regional carrier joint venture with Busan Metropolitan City. The airline also holds 100% share of Air Seoul, a subsidiary and its own low-cost carrier. Asiana is also currently an official sponsor of the South Korea national football team and The Presidents Cup 2015.


Asiana Airlines logo, 1988–2006
An Asiana Boeing 747-400 taxiing at Frankfurt Airport
An Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 wearing the old livery


Korean Air (associated with the Hanjin Group), which was privatized in 1969, had a monopoly on the South Korean airline industry until the establishment of Asiana in 1988.[6] Asiana's formation did not come about as a policy initiative favoring liberalized market conditions but rather because of pressure from other chaebols and interests who wanted to compete.[7] It was formed by the Kumho Asiana Group (formerly Kumho Group) and was originally known as Seoul Air International. Asiana was established on 17 February 1988 and started operations in December 1988 with flights to Busan. As of 2007 the airline was owned by private investors (30.53%), Kumho Industrial (29.51%), Kumho Petrochemical (15.05%), foreign investors (11.9%), Korea Development Bank (7.18%), and others (5.83%).[8]

Beginning regular service[edit]

Asiana began operations in December 1988, using Boeing 737 Classic planes, with flights to Busan and Gwangju. In 1989, Asiana began regular services to Jeju City, Gwangju, and Daegu and later the same year, Asiana began international chartered flights to Sendai in Japan. In 1990, Asiana began its first scheduled international service to Tokyo, Nagoya, Sendai, and Fukuoka. In the same year, Asiana had 9 Boeing 747-400s, 10 Boeing 767–300s and 8 Boeing 737–400s. In early 1991, Asiana began services to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei. Transpacific flights to Los Angeles began in December 1991 with a Boeing 747-400 Combi. Services to Vienna, Brussels, and Honolulu began in the mid 1990s. In 1993, Asiana began services to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Expansion as global carrier and joining Star Alliance[edit]

Asiana Airlines has rapidly expanded since its establishment in 1988 to become a mid-sized, global carrier with a current fleet of 85 aircraft. In December 1998, the airline operated the presidential airplane for the first time.[9] The Airline was listed in KOSDAQ In December 1999. On 28 January 2003, the airline became a full Star Alliance member, expanding its worldwide network and global brand. In 2004, the airline added the Airbus A330 and the Boeing 777-200ER to its fleet, and expanded its routes into mainland China. Currently it provides international services to 71 cities in 23 countries on 91 routes, and domestic services to 12 cities on 14 routes. It also provides international cargo services to 29 cities in 14 countries on 28 routes by Asiana Cargo, the airline's freight division. In 2012, the airline had net sales of US$5.3 billion.[10]

New corporate identity[edit]

In February 2006, Asiana Airlines modernized its corporate identity for unification with those of other divisions of its parent company the Kumho Asiana Group. The names of the travel classes have changed from First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class to First, Business, and Travel classes respectively, and the colors of the travel classes have changed to yellow, blue and red for First, Business, and Travel Class, respectively. New uniforms were also created for the crew.[11]

Notable achievements[edit]

Asiana began to focus on being an environmentally friendly company in the mid-90s and has put its efforts ever since in this regard, such as completely banning in-flight smoking and cigarette sales in 1995.[12] The company was awarded first in class certification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for meeting criteria ISO 14001 in 1996.[12] In 2001, Asiana Airlines was recognized for being the "first environmentally friendly company within the service industry" by the Ministry of Environment.[12] Some of Asiana's other environmentally-minded programs include an emissions measurement and reduction system, reducing pollution from ground facilities and partnering with the Rainforest Alliance for coffee served on board.[12]

On 17 February 2009, Air Transport World (ATW) awarded Asiana the "Airline of the Year" award, which is considered[by whom?] to be one of the most honorable awards in the airline industry.[13] In May 2010, Asiana Airlines was named the best airline in the world by Skytrax at the 2010 World Airline Awards.[14] Asiana came in second place behind Qatar Airways in 2011 and 2012.

Asiana Airlines is rated a "5 Star" airline by Skytrax.

Corporate affairs[edit]

The sign for Asiana Town (아시아나타운), the Asiana Airlines headquarters

The airline has its headquarters in Asiana Town (아시아나타운) in Osoe-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul.[4] The airline's head office moved from Hoehyeon-dong, Jung District to Asiana Town in Osoe-dong on 1 April 1998.[15]


Asiana Airlines serves destinations on four continents with an Asian network that includes important cities in the People's Republic of China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. The airline serves a number of gateway cities in North America and Europe while retaining a limited coverage of Oceania.

Asiana Cargo, the airline's only cargo subsidiary, also has a wide network, especially in Europe and the United States.

Asiana decided to launch Air Seoul, the airline's second subsidiary and its own low-cost carrier, based in Incheon International Airport, and transfer some of its unprofitable routes to the subsidiary from November 2016.[16]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Asiana Airlines codeshares with the following airlines:[17]


As of December 2017, Asiana Airlines' fleet consists of the following aircraft:[18][19][20]

Asiana Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passenger Notes
P J S Y Total
Airbus A320-200 7 159 159 To be retired and replaced by Airbus A321neo.
Airbus A321-100 2 200 200
Airbus A321-200 17 12 159 171 One in Star Alliance livery.
12 165 177
195 195
Airbus A321neo 25 TBA Deliveries begin from 2019.[21]
Airbus A330-300 15 30 245 275
260 290
Airbus A350-800 8 TBA
Airbus A350-900 4[22] 8 28 36 247 311 Original orders included 10 of each variant (−800, −900, −1000).
Deliveries from April 2017 to 2025.[23][24][25]
Airbus A350-1000 10 TBA
Airbus A380-800 6 12 66 417 495
Boeing 747-400 2 10 24 364 398
Boeing 767-300 7 15 235 250 One in Star Alliance livery.
270 270
290 290
Boeing 777-200ER 9 22 278 300
24 277 301
271 295
Asiana Cargo fleet
Boeing 747-400BDSF 7
Boeing 747-400F 4
Boeing 767-300ERF 1
Total 81 51

Fleet gallery[edit]

Retired fleet[edit]

The company has previously operated the following aircraft:

In-flight services[edit]

Asiana Airlines offers five classes of services – First Suite class, First Class, Business Smartium class, Business class and Travel (economy) class. Seat configurations and in-flight entertainment systems vary by the type of the aircraft and its operating routes[26]

First Suite class is offered on A380-800, which is serviced on a route to Los Angeles, New York City and Frankfurt.[27] First Class was installed on 2 B777-200ERs, but due to the refiguration, it is only available on B747-400s. Passengers in these classes are offered pajamas, souvenirs and "amenity kits" containing items such as skin cream, toothpaste, eye shades and earplugs. A passenger can pre-order in-flight meals 48 hours prior to departure. First class seats are equipped with personal AVOD systems.

Besides those routes, most of Asiana's international flights offer two type of classes – business smartium class or business class as the highest class, and travel class, without first class. Some of the short-length international flights and charter flights are operated by mono-class basis, as well as all of the airline's domestic flights. Business Smartium Class is installed on B777-200ER, and Business Class is installed on B767 and A330, but some of the A330 is equipped with newly-furbished cocoon seats. Most of Asiana's Travel class seats also have television or video systems. AVOD is installed on many of the aircraft, and business class is fully equipped with new AVODs. In-flight entertainment systems are not offered on domestic routes, which consist of flights of an hour or less.

Asiana offers two in-flight magazines, Asiana (a travel magazine) and Asiana Entertainment.

Frequent-flyer program[edit]

Asiana Club is Asiana Airline's frequent-flyer program, formerly Asiana Bonus Club. Asiana Club has five tiers: Silver, Gold, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Platinum.[28] To acquire or maintain each tier, members are required to accrue 0, 20000, 40000, 100000 miles in two calendar years from the 'reference date'. Status miles are based on 'On-board mileage', which includes miles accumulated by traveling with Asiana Airlines or Star Alliance airlines. Also, members can accrue miles by flying 'partner airlines' such as Qatar Airways. Miles accumulated in the program entitle members to bonus tickets, class upgrades and other products and services such as dining at Outback Steakhouse.[29]

In addition, individuals who accumulate 500,000 miles earned on Asiana receive lifetime Asiana Diamond Plus status. Individuals who accumulate 1,000,000 miles earned on Asiana receive lifetime Asiana Club Platinum status.


Asiana Club Miles can be collected on all flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines, as well as Air Astana, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.[30]


Asiana has endorsement deals with the following:

Accidents and incidents[edit]

NTSB investigators looking at the fuselage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 after it crash-landed in San Francisco (July 2013)

See also[edit]


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