Asiana has become the 12th carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A350.
The airline’s first A350-900 is configured with a total of 311 seats, with 28 in Business Smartium, 36 in Economy Smartium, and 247 in economy.
Asiana is debuting its new Economy Smartium (quasi premium economy) seat on the A350, which offers 36 inches of pitch, and benefits including priority boarding, access to the Asiana Business Class Lounge at Incheon International Airport and in-flight amenities (the last two for long-haul flights only).
The South Korean carrier has a total of 30 A350s on order, and plans to initially operate the aircraft on flights within Asia, including Hong Kong and Manila.
Asiana will then add the A350 onto long-haul routes including London and San Francisco from the third quarter of this year.