QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Asiana Airlines announced the acquisition of six Airbus A380 optimistic of increased passenger traffic to South Korea in the next few years.
The Korean airline announced a purchasing contract with Airbus for six A380 aircraft for delivery between 2014 to 2017. Two A380 aircraft are scheduled for delivery on each year.
A single Airbus A380 aircraft, referred to as “hotels in the sky” for their state-of-the-art amenities, can accommodate more than 500 passengers and will fly to destinations in the United States and Europe.
The company’s acquisition was based on the increase in the number of free trade agreements in which Korea is engaged and the recent addition of Korea to the US Visa Waiver Program, said Asiana Airlines President & CEO Young-Doo Yoon.
The airline forecasts a yearly increase of at least five percent in its passengers to Korea and the Asia-Pacific region.
Asiana Airlines is headquartered at the Incheon International Airport and flies to 67 cities worldwide. It makes around 10 flights a week to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga.
(Photo courtesy of Asiana Airlines)
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