Asiana Airlines (formerly Seoul Airlines) is an airline based in Seoul, South Korea and it is one of the two largest airlines of South Korea, along with Korean Air. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance and flies to 12 domestic destinations and 82 international destinations in 21 countries in the world. The base and main airport for international flights of the airline are located in the Incheon International Airport (near Seoul) and the main airport for domestic flights in Gimpo International Airport.
Asiana Airlines is one of only six airlines with 5 star rating by Skytrax.
The airline was founded on 17 February 1988 and began operating in December 1988 with flights to Busan. It is the property of Kumho Asiana Group (formerly Kumho Group) as part of the policy of the government of South Korea to create the second-largest airline and its flagship airline which was initially known as Seoul Air International. More recently the South Korean government has provided its approval for foreign firms to increase their share of 20% to 50 %. The airline is owned by private investors (30.53 %), Industrial Kumho (29.51 %), Kumho Petrochemical (15.05 %), foreign investors (11.9 %), Korea Development Bank (7.18 %), and another (5.83 %) has been divided among 7,799 employees (at March 2007).
In February 2006, the airline has revamped its corporate identity to harmonize with the rest of the divisions of Kumho Asiana Group. The name of the class of flight has been changed from First Class, Business Class and economy class at first, business, and Travel respectively, and the colors of the classes of flight has been changed to the yellow, blue and red for First, Business, and Travel. Also new designs for the uniforms for the crew were incorporated.
On April 18, 2007, The airline received the Skytrax award, which is notoriously difficult to get, as the airlines that receive such distinction must be placed in the prestigious list of five-star airlines, an honor which it shares with only a few other airlines in an elite group like: Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Kingfisher Airlines. All of which are truly excellent airlines in their own right.
Also, on February 17, 2009, Air Transport World named Asiana “Airline of the year”.
The airline’s fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 1 December 2010): 5 Airbus a380-800The average age of the airline’s aircraft in its fleet was 8.2 years in december -2010. Asiana has been in talks with Boeing since September to increase their fleet and order some aircraft. Asiana assigns Hong Kong, Saipan and Taipei to your group from Southeast Asia.
A Boeing 747-48EM (now BDSF) the airline`s with the former livery is set up in Frankfurt. Asiana Cargo is the cargo division of the airline, operating 747F and 767F aircraft to many destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.