Australia’s state of Victoria will soon have a direct connection to one of Asia’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, with Asiana Airlines to launch seasonal flights between Melbourne airport and Seoul Incheon airport from December.

The Star Alliance carrier will operate two direct flights a week between Melbourne and the South Korean capital using a widebody Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Flights will operate every Tuesday and Thursday, departing Incheon at 0800 for an 1830 arrival into Melbourne, and return flights leaving at 2200 and arriving back at Incheon the following morning.

With a population of more than nine million people, Seoul is a global economic hub and the gateway to one of the world’s manufacturing powerhouses.

The airline’s A350-900 features Asiana’s latest ‘Smartium’ business class product in a comfortable 1-2-1 setup, and 3-3-3 seating in economy.

“We are excited to welcome Asiana to Melbourne and to add Seoul to our growing network,” said Melbourne airport chief of aviation, Jim Parashos.

“These direct services will mean Victoria travellers and exporters can avoid the cost and inconvenience of transiting through another city to reach South Korea.

“We expect this seasonal service will prove popular, and we are hopeful it will pave the way for regular, year-round flights in the future.”

Asiana will be the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Seoul and Melbourne; Korean Air does not fly to Melbourne anymore.

In Australia, Asiana also flies to Sydney and the airline will operate that route daily this winter with its iconic Airbus A380.