Established on February 17, 1988, Asiana Airlines is based in Seoul, South Korea. It commenced its operations on December 1988, with flights to Busan. It is one of the two major airlines in South Korea, the other being Korean Air. Asiana Airline's main hubs are located at Incheon International Airport (for international flights) and Gimpo International Airport (for domestic flights). The airline was founded by the Kumho Asiana Group, a South Korean conglomerate. The establishment of the airline was a part of the South Korean government's policy to create an additional flag carrier.
Asiana Airlines was originally named as Seoul Air International. Since its inception, the airline has expanded its business at a very rapid pace. It has become a midsized global carrier, with a fleet of 69 aircraft (including cargo). The airline ensures that world-class services are provided to its passengers, every time they are on board. It has expanded its services and now, it plies flights on 82 routes. The airline covers as many as 66 destinations across 21 countries of the world. The domestic services provided by the airline cover 12 cities, on 15 routes.
In order to modernize its corporate identity, Asiana Airlines modified its names of the travel classes, in February 2006. Now, First Class, Business Class and Economy Class of Asiana Airlines are referred to as First, Business and Travel classes, respectively. The colors for each class have also been changed. Currently, yellow, blue and red color schemes are assigned to the cabin of First, Business and Travel, respectively. In addition to this, the airline has also planned new refreshing design for the uniform of its cabin crew.
Asiana Airlines has made changes in the number of flights plied every week. In June 2009, Asiana Airlines added two more flights a week, to from Chengdu to Seoul, thereby making it a total of four flights a week. The airline's fleet consists of both 31 narrow and 29 wide body aircrafts. The narrow body aircrafts include Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-100, Airbus A321-200 and Boeing 737-400. On the other hand, the wide body aircrafts in the fleet of the airline are Airbus A330-300, Airbus A350, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 747-400 Combi, Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 777-200ER. The cargo fleet of the airline consists of nine aircrafts, including five Boeing 747-400F, three Boeing 747-400SF and one Boeing 767-300F aircraft.
Asiana Airline covers a number of destinations around the world. It plies flights to Central Asia, including Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The airline's flights also cover major cities in the East Asian country of China, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Haikou, Guilin, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Weihai, Xian, Yanji, Yantai, Mudanjiang, Nanchang, Nanjing and Qingdao. The airline also covers major cities in Japan and Korea. India is the only South Asian country covered by the airline - it plies flights to Delhi.
In South East Asia, Asiana Airlines plies flights to Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. On the other extreme in Europe, the airline plies regular flights to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden and United Kingdom. You can also travel by Asiana Airlines' flights to some of the major cities in North America, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Sydney and Saipan are also covered by Asiana Airlines.