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Asiana Airlines
아시아나 항공
Asiana Hanggong
Founded 1988
Hubs Incheon International Airport
Gimpo International Airport
Focus cities Gimhae International Airport
Jeju International Airport
Frequent flyer program Asiana Club
Member lounge Asiana Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Subsidiaries Air Busan
Fleet size 66 (+34 orders)
Destinations 77 incl. cargo
Parent company Kumho Asiana Group
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Key people Chan-Bup, Park (Vice Chairman & CEO), Young-Doo,Yoon (President & COO)
Asiana Airlines
Hangul 아시아나 항공
Hanja 아시아나 航空
Revised Romanization Asiana Hanggong
McCune–Reischauer Asiana Hanggong

Asiana Airlines (Hangul: 아시아나 항공; RR: Asiana Hanggong; KRX: 020560; formerly Seoul Airlines) is an airline based in Seoul, South Korea and is one of South Korea's two major airlines, along with Korean Air. Asiana is one of six airlines to receive a five-star rating from Skytrax.[1] The airline is headquartered at Asiana Town, Osoe-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul (near Gimpo Airport), international hub at Incheon International Airport (70 kilometres from central Seoul) and its domestic hub at Gimpo International Airport.[2]

Asiana is a member of the Star Alliance and offers 516 daily departures throughout the Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, operating 13 domestic and 81 international passenger routes and 20 cargo routes.[2]

In 2010, Asiana was named the airline with the best in-flight service in the world by Global Travelers magazine, which was the sixth honor for Asiana in as many years. Asiana is also rated the best airline in Northern Asia of 2010. Its magic shows, food created by chefs and other unique services helped it score well with 31,500 experts, passengers and others.[3]



Asiana was established on 17 February 1988 and started operations in December 1988 with flights to Busan. It was formed by the Kumho Asiana Group (formerly Kumho Group) as part of the South Korean government's policy to create a second flag carrier and was originally known as Seoul Air International. The South Korean government has given its approval for foreign ownership of the airline to increase from 20% to 50%. The airline is 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%). It employs 7,799 staff (at March 2007).[4]

Asiana Airlines has rapidly expanded since its establishment in 1988 to become a midsized, global carrier with a fleet of 69 aircraft providing international services to 66 cities in 21 countries on 82 routes, and domestic services to 12 cities on 15 routes. In 2007, the airline had net sales of some US $3 billion.[5]


New Image

In February 2006, Asiana Airlines modernised its corporate identity to harmonise 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 are also planned for the crew.[6]

On 18 April 2007, Skytrax awarded Asiana the prestigious five-star ranking, an accolade shared with Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines.[7] On 17 February 2009, Air Transport World awarded Asiana the "Airline of the Year", which is considered one of the most honorable awards in the airline industry.

Notable Achievements


Asiana Airlines serves destinations on four continents with a well-developed Asian network covering that also takes in important cities in China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. The airline serves a number of gateway cities in North America and Europe while retaining its limited coverage of Oceania.

Codeshare agreements

An Asiana Boeing 777-200ER in post-2006 colours departs from Sydney Airport in Australia
Asiana 747 in new livery taking off from Manila

The airline has code-share agreements with the following airlines:[11]



The Asiana Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2][12]

Asiana Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Options Passengers
Airbus A320-200 11 0 0 162 (-/-/162)
146 (-/8/138)
143 (-/8/135)
Airbus A321-100 2 0 0 200 (-/-/200)
Airbus A321-200 13 0 0 191 (-/-/191)
179 (-/12/167)
177 (-/12/165)
Airbus A330-300 8 0 0 290 (-/30/260)
Airbus A350-800 0 10 10 TBA
Airbus A350-900 0 10 TBA
Airbus A350-1000 0 10 TBA
Boeing 737-400 5 0 0 162 (-/-/162)
150 (-/-/150)
Boeing 747-400 2 0 0 359 (10/45/304)
Boeing 747-400M 3 0 0 280 (12/32/236)
264 (10/24/230)
Boeing 767-300 7 0 0 250 (-/15/235)
Boeing 777-200ER 10 3 0 303 (-/32/271)
299 (-/28/271)
Total 61 33 10


The Asiana Cargo Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[13]

Asiana Airlines Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Capacity
(max. weight)
Boeing 747-400F 4 120,000 kg (265,000 lb) International medium-long haul
Asia, Europe and North America
Boeing 747-400BDSF 3 120,000 kg (265,000 lb) International medium-long haul
Asia, Europe and North America
Boeing 767-300F 1 54,000 kg (119,000 lb) Regional short-medium haul
China, Japan and Southeast Asia
  • The first of four Boeing 747-400 combi to full freighter conversions has been delivered from Bedek Aviation Group, part of Israel Aerospace Industries. The second delivery will be later in 2007, with the other two conversions due for delivery in early 2009[14]
  • The average Asiana Airlines fleet age was 7.7 years old in December 2008.[15]
  • Asiana Airlines will return all of its leased Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft, while it has a plan to convert three B747-400M to freighters. In order to compensate for the loss of these passenger jets, Asiana will introduce two Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. Asiana plans discussions with Boeing in September for further aircraft procurement.[citation needed]
  • Asiana assigns Hong Kong, Saipan and Taipei to its Southeast Asia grouping.[16][17]

Asiana Club

Asiana Club is Asiana Airline's frequent flyer programme, formerly Asiana Bonus Club. Asiana Club has five tiers: Silver, Gold, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Platinum. Status miles are based on 'On-board mileage', which includes miles accumulated by travelling with Asiana Airlines or Star Alliance airlines. Miles accumulated in the programme entitle members to bonus tickets, class upgrades and other products and services.[18]


Asiana Club Miles can be collected on most flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines and Qatar Airways. [19]


Asiana Boeing 747-48EM(now BDSF) in old livery in Frankfurt

Asiana Cargo is the airline's freight division, operating 747F and 767F freighter aircraft to points in Asia, Europe and North America.

Incidents and accidents

Asiana Airlines logo, 1988-2005
  • On 29 April 2009, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777, flight 271, flying between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Incheon Airport (ICN), with 179 passengers and 16 crew aboard made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from SEA after fire and smoke was seen from the left engine. The airplane dumped fuel over the Puget Sound, before landing safely around 3:30 pm at Seatac. The 7 year old Boeing 777-200ER, registered HL7700 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW4090 engines. It was delivered on May 24, 2002. A compressor stall is blamed for the incident as of May 4, 2009. Local residents expressed their concern about the fuel dump but authorities assured the general public that the fuel dump did not cause any adverse consequences, including potential injury to wildlife.[20]
  • On 19 August 2004, Asian Airlines flight 204, a Boeing 747 coming into Los Angeles International Airport from Inchon, South Korea, had a near collision with Southwest Airlines Flight 411, a Boeing 737, while landing as a result of a mix-up by air-traffic controllers. The pilot of the Asiana flight aborted the landing, saving both planes.[21]
  • On 11 November 1998, an Asiana Airlines B747-400 attempting a U-Turn in the gate area of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport embedded its winglet in an Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62M tail. No one was injured. Asiana was subsequently sued by Aeroflot. The Il-62M in this incident is now retired and is parked at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport with the Asiana winglet still embedded into its tail.[22]
  • On 26 July 1993, Asiana Airlines Flight 733, a B737-500 (HL7229) struck high ground in poor weather about 4 kilometres from the runway in Mokpo while it was making its third attempt landing at runway 06 at Mokpo Airport. 2 of the 6 crew members and 66 of the 110 passengers were killed.[23]

Subsidiaries of Asiana Airlines

Asiana IDT


  1. ^ Skytrax: 5-Star Airlines
  2. ^ a b c "For foreigners residing in Korea." Asiana Airlines. Retrieved on 23, October 2009.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 78. 2007-03-27. 
  5. ^ [ Asiana Airlines Environmentally friendly management and sustainability - 2009 Case Study]
  6. ^ Asiana Airlines new colours
  7. ^ Asiana Airlines awarded 5 Star Airline ranking 18 April 2007
  8. ^ ISO 14000 essentials
  9. ^ World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  10. ^ ATW's 2009 Airline of the Year
  11. ^ Asiana Airlines code-share partners page 5 July 2007
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ Flight International 20-26 March 2007
  15. ^ Asiana Airlines Fleet Age
  16. ^ In-flight publications about its mileage programme.
  17. ^ 운항시간표
  18. ^ "Asiana Club". Asiana Airlines. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  19. ^ "Asiana Airlines". Asiana Airlines. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  20. ^ [3]
  21. ^ [4]
  22. ^ Harro Ranter (1998-11-11). "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 62M RA-86564 Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 November 2008. 
  23. ^ Harro Ranter (1993-07-26). "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-5L9 HL7229 Mokpo". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 November 2008. 

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