South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement effective immediately, which will see the two carriers place their codes on each other’s respective flights between Hong Kong and Seoul.

The agreement will see travellers with either airline now able to choose from a total of five daily flights between the two cities. Four of these are operated by Asiana Airlines, while Hong Kong Airlines operates one daily flight between Hong Kong and Seoul.

“We launched the daily flight service from Hong Kong to Seoul last December, which was our first route to Korea,” said Hong Kong Airlines COO Li Dianchun. “From then we have been actively exploring ways to improve schedule options on this route. By connecting the hubs of the two airlines, the codeshare not only benefits customers travelling between Hong Kong and Seoul, it also allows customers to seamlessly transfer when they travel on an itinerary to or from other destinations that includes flights operated by both carriers.”

In March, Asiana Airlines announced it will be deploying its first new Airbus A350-900 on its OZ721/722 (HX1551/1552) flights between Seoul and Hong Kong from May 9 to June 14. Hong Kong Airlines, meanwhile, is set to receive its first A350-900 in August this year.

The new codeshare brings Asiana’s total number of codeshare agreements to 277 routes in 25 countries with 30 airlines. (For more information on Asiana Airlines’ codeshare routes, see Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s “Asiana Airlines: What you need to know”.)

Details of the new codeshare flights are as follows (all times local):

Seoul Incheon (ICN)-Hong Kong (HKG):

Flight No. Operating carrier From To Departs Arrives Days
OZ721/HX1551 Asiana Airlines ICN HKG 0900 1140 Daily
OZ723/HX1553 1000 1240
OZ745/HX1565 1950 2230
OZ749/HX1569 2010 2250

*OZ723/HX1553 will operate twice weekly (Friday and Sunday) from April 1 to April 30.

HX623/OZ9291 Hong Kong Airlines ICN HKG 2335 0205+1 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
HX628/OZ9293 1635 1910 Tue, Thu, Sat

Hong Kong (HKG)-Seoul Incheon (ICN): 

Flight No. Operating carrier From To Departs Arrives Days
OZ722/HX1552 Asiana Airlines HKG ICN 1310 1740 Daily
OZ724/HX1554 1340 1820
OZ746/HX1566 0030 0510
OZ750/HX1670 0050 0530

*OZ724/HX1554 will operate twice weekly (Friday and Sunday) from April 1 to April 30.

HX622/OZ9292 Hong Kong Airlines HKG ICN 1735 2235 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
HX629/OZ9294 1110 1535 Tue, Thu, Sat;