Asiana A380 Flights To JFK As Of June 13, 2015

As I wrote about yesterday, Asiana announced on Instagram that their next longhaul A380 destination would be New York JFK. That hardly came as a surprise, though frankly I wasn’t expecting them to announce the exact schedule so quickly.

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Via airlineroute.net, Asiana will launch 3x weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) A380 service between Seoul Incheon and New York JFK as of June 13, 2015. The flight will operate with the following schedule:

OZ222 Seoul Incheon to New York JFK departing 10:00AM arriving 11:00AM
OZ221 New York JFK to Seoul Incheon departing 1:25PM arriving 4:35PM (+1 day)

Initially the flight will continue to be operated by a 777-200 for the remaining dates. However, as of July 14, 2015, the New York JFK route will be operated exclusively by the A380 (presumably that’s shortly after they’ll take delivery of the additional A380 needed to make the service daily).

As I explained yesterday, Asiana doesn’t block A380 first class award space, and if anything it actually improves when a flight is operated by the A380, since there are more first class seats (the A380 features 12 first class seats, while the 777 features just eight).

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Award availability on the route continues to be excellent. While the GDS has been updated to reflect the A380 service, the ANA tool doesn’t yet show the new aircraft type, so don’t be alarmed if you still show the flight as being operated by a 777.

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Even the inaugural A380 flight from Incheon to New York has availability as of now.

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If you do want to redeem an award on this flight, your best bet is redeeming Avianca LifeMiles. They charge 90,000 miles one-way. Given that they frequently sell LifeMiles for ~1.5-1.65 cents each, I’d say that’s still a darn good deal, despite their award chart devaluation.

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Now the question remains as to which route will get the 777-200 which is currently operating the New York JFK route. This is one of the 777s with their new first class product, while most of their other 777s are in a two class configuration, without a first class cabin. So that will be a big upgrade for whichever route gets it. My money is on either the second daily Los Angeles flight or the Chicago flight.

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Comments

  1. Even tho Asiana doesn’t block new first class award seats like Korean air used to but Asiana is always harder to get first class award seats out of lax. 1 aircraft vs 3 Korean air aircraft.

    Asiana’s first class food and lounge @ICN is better than Korean air but you can’t beat Korean air’s
    schedule.

  2. Ben, I bet chicago or san francisco because I heard from the asiana station manager in LAX that once they get the extra 380’s, they will have 2X daily A380 at LAX

  3. Aeroplan still shows 77W also (for 6/13), while UA shows A380 correctly

    but strangely, OZ blocks out mid-July to mid-Aug for 1 Y/J even (completely White/blank between 7/22-8/25 on UA.com)

  4. But if I want to use LifeMiles, where could I continue from ICN in F? Do they have any Asian or middle Easter routes? Thx.

  5. I really, really hope it is the Chicago – Incheon route. Will be a nice change from their current angled-flat seats in business class!

  6. I just flew on the Asiana A380 out of LAX and its IFE still needs improvement. It has such a limited amount of movies compared to its competitors. I booked this last March right before US Airways left star alliance. :/
    Can ORD or EWR handle the a380? I’d think Asiana is better off flying these planes to UA hubs than to JFK.

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