Asiana Airlines to trial direct Melbourne-Seoul flights

Melbourne and Seoul will be linked by non-stop flights from late December 2019 to late February 2020.

By David Flynn, September 30 2019

South Korea's Asiana Airlines is scheduling non-stop flights between Melbourne and Seoul for eight weeks across the 2019-2020 summer season, and says these are a prelude to a possible year-round service.

The Star Alliance member's Seoul-Melbourne flights will run just once each week, beginning Thursday December 26 as an overnight service OZ6037 from Seoul to Melbourne, with a daytime return leg on Friday as OZ6047. The last Melbourne-Seoul flight will be on Friday February 21.

The flights will take place on a Boeing 777-200ER with Asiana's 'Smartium' lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 layout.

Asiana's Smartium business class

But Asiana's interest in the route may not end there.

"We expect that it will be good opportunity for Asiana Airlines to estimate the potentiality to boost our sales network in Australia market," Asiana Airlines' representative Chang Kim tells Executive Traveller.

"Our head office is going to decide whether to continue flying the MEL-ICN route next year through careful review on the performance of this flight."

Melbourne has been without a non-stop flight to Seoul since March 2013, when Korean Air axed its thrice-weekly service.

Earlier this year Asiana delisted its first class suites, rebranding them as Business Suites and moving to what's sometimes called a 'business plus' model with reduced pricing, although the fares are still above standard business class in recognition of the spacious and comfortable private suites.

Asiana's former first class is now sold as Business Suites.

That aside, Business Suites passengers will be served the same meals and drinks as business class, along with the same mileage earning rates in the Asiana Club frequent flyer program and with other Star Alliance partners.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

kdewsnap

kdewsnap

QF

11 Sep 2012

Total posts 21

The operating crew of that flight are going to have a lovely 7 day layover in MEL!

Zeroroyalty

Zeroroyalty

01 Oct 2019

Total posts 1

No, like other routes that have similar layover schedule, in this case they will pax to Sydney a day or two after and either operate that flight out of Sydney or pax back on the Sydney service. But most likely, once this is in rotation they will transfer to Sydney and operate from there.

alansu

alansu

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2015

Total posts 65

Having just flown their 777-200LR from ICN to SYD yesterday, I can't say the J seats were very comfortable for a 10 hour flight and the entertainment system was a few generations old as well. Service was very good though.

Also flew their Business Suite (F seat, J service) on the A380 between JFK and ICN 2 days ago - that was excellent I must admit - the suite was spacious and the TV was huge. Yes you do get the J class catering but still got the first class amenities, pyjamas and bedding so it was pretty much first class. (Though not sure once the F amenities stock runs out then it just becomes standard J class amenities)


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