Asiana sure has been drawing out the process of making their first A380 route official. Back in January I wrote about speculatively locking in Asiana A380 first class award space, given that their first A380s were expected to be delivered by the second quarter of this year.
Then in February they announced that their first A380 destination would be Los Angeles, and then a few days later announced on their Facebook page that the A380 would begin longhaul service to Los Angeles as of July 30, 2014. Despite that announcement they didn’t actually update their schedule… until today.
Via airlineroute.net, Asiana has finally officially announced their A380 schedule:
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 13JUN14 – 14AUG14 1 Daily
OZ102 ICN0900 – 1110NRT 388 D
OZ101 NRT1310 – 1540ICN 388 D
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong eff 13JUN14 6 weekly
OZ745 ICN1950 – 2240HKG 388 x4
OZ746 HKG0040 – 0510ICN 388 x5
OZ746 operates with A380 from 14JUN14.
From 17AUG14, A380 operates OZ745 on Day x16 from ICN, Day x27 from HKG
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 24JUL14 – 14AUG14 1 Daily
OZ112 ICN1045 – 1225KIX 388 D
OZ111 KIX1425 – 1615ICN 388 D
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 25JUL14 – 13AUG14 5 weekly
OZ741 ICN1830 – 2205BKK 388 x24
OZ742 BKK0110 – 0845ICN 388 x35
OZ742 operates from 24JUL14 to 14AUG14
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles eff 15AUG14 1 Daily
OZ202 ICN1450 – 0950LAX 388 D
OZ201 LAX1220 – 1720+1ICN 388 D
So the regional flying isn’t really surprising. To do training flights they’ll first be flying the A380 intra-Asia, to Tokyo Narita, Hong Kong, Osaka, and Bangkok.
Then their first longhaul A380 destination will be Los Angeles, which will be served daily by the A380 on OZ201 and OZ202 as of August 16, 2014. It’s two weeks later than I had hoped, but at least it’s official now!
Per ExpertFlyer, here’s the first class seatmap:
Then here’s the upper deck business class seatmap:
Then here’s the forward A380 lower deck economy class seatmap:
And then here’s the lower deck rear economy class and upper deck rear economy class seatmap:
Definitely one of the higher density A380s with 495 seats, which is 88 more seats than Korean has on their A380s (though they also have lots of onboard amenities). To put this into perspective, here are how many seats each A380 operator has on their version of the plane:
- Air France: 516 seats
- British Airways: 469 seats
- China Southern: 506 seats
- Emirates: 489 seats
- Korean: 407 seats
- Lufthansa: 526 seats
- Malaysia: 494 seats
- Qantas: 484 seats
- Singapore: 471 seats
- Thai: 507 seats