It has been revealed that Asiana Airlines will utilize the Boeing 747 on its Seoul Incheon to Tokyo Narita route due to increased demand.
According to Aeroroutes.com, it is understood this upgrade in equipment will occur between May 1-30, with the exceptions being May 9 and 14.
It is understood that the Boeing 747-400 will operate OZ102/101, which will depart Seoul at 0900 local time and arrive in Tokyo at 1120 local time.
The return will then depart at 1320 local time, before arriving back in Seoul at 1550 local time.
The Airline’s Boeing 747 Fleet…
As per data from Planespotters.net, Asiana Airlines has a fleet of 11 Boeing 747-400 aircraft, but only one of them is in a passenger variant.
The rest of them are in a cargo format only, with it being unclear whether the carrier will convert some of them back to passenger frames in order to cope with demand.
Asiana Airlines’ only Boeing 747 passenger aircraft sits 10 people in first class, 24 in Business and then 364 in Economy.
For the Seoul-Tokyo route, it remains clear that the demand is heavy enough to operate this aircraft type on.
Asiana’s Capacity Offerings Look Even More Attractive During Korean Air Merger…
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Such capacity offerings will no doubt make Asiana Airlines look more appealing and will make Korean Air glad that a merger is taking place.
The flag carrier of South Korea, Korean Air, is set to finalize the acquisition of its counterpart airline Asiana Airlines, this year, as the company’s top man mentions, this year being a “pivotal” year due to increased competition and a rise in macro-economics uncertainty.
The company’s top boss, Walter Cho, says the Korean flag carrier is in the last stages of completing the purchase of Asiana Airlines, announced in 2020 during the height of the pandemic.
The merger gained confidence after it received the green light from regulators all around the world, including the Chinese, but is still awaiting from the USA and the European Union.
Cho wrote an official statement describing the importance of the coming year: “2023 is a pivotal year for completing the huge task of closing our acquisition of Asiana Airlines. We are in the last stage, with the remaining overseas competition authorities reviewing the merger.”
It remains clear also that things are not standing still with Asiana Airlines from Seoul, even despite the prospect of the Korean Air merger going through in the next few months, and the upgrade in Tokyo shows that.