South Korean Star Alliance member Asiana Airlines is generously extending the status of its Asiana Club frequent flyer members for another year.

In an email sent to members whose status would have expired at the end of November, Asiana today said that this would be extended by an additional 12 months as travel across the Asia-Pacific had still not completely recovered.

Asiana Club has three status tiers – Gold, Diamond and Platinum. The Gold level corresponds to Star Alliance Silver status, while the Diamond and Platinum tiers give customers access to Star Alliance Gold status privileges, including lounge access and extra baggage.

Separately, there is fresh hope that the proposed takeover of Asiana by Korean Air could still proceed after the Asiana board earlier this month approved the sale of the airline’s large cargo unit.

The divestment is mainly to appease the European Commission, which has thus far opposed Korean Air taking over Asiana.

Asiana currently operates 80 aircraft, including the Airbus A380 and latest-technology A350.

Asiana’s European destinations include Paris, Frankfurt, London, Rome and Barcelona. In North America, the airline’s focus cities include New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.