Originally known as Seoul Air International, Asiana Airlines was established in February, 1988, commencing operations same year, in December.
The airline grew up quickly and currently provides international services to 66 cities in 21 countries, as well as domestic services to 12 cities.
In 2001, Asiana Airlines was designated as the first environmentally friendly company within the service industry by the Ministry of Environment Republic of Korea.
In 2007, the company had about 7,800 employees and net sales of $3 billion.
In early 2009, Asiana Airlines was awarded the title Airline of the year by Air Transport World (ATW).
In 2010, Asiana was ranked as a 5-Star Airline by Skytrax for the fifth consecutive year and also awarded Airline of the Year. Similar Airline of the Year awards followed in 2011 from Global Traveler, in 2012 from Premier Traveler, and in 2013 from Business Traveler.
Effective March 1, 2014, the use of cellphones is permitted when the main cabin door is open and following the cabin crew’s instruction after landing. The use of smart phones, tablet PCs, PDAs and e-Readers with flight mode is permitted for the duration of the flight. Devices must be switched to flight mode after the cabin door is closed. Passengers who do not comply with the regulations may be fined $ 5,000 for violating the Aircraft Safety and Security Law.
Effective March 30, 2014, Asiana Airlines terminated its codeshare agreement with US Airways. The termination of the codeshare agreement between US Airways and Asiana Airlines includes US Airways flights in America (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle ↔ Charlotte, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Chicago ↔ Houston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cleveland, Orlando, Columbus).
In late May 2014, Asiana Airlines took delivery of its first A380 Superjumbo, with the second to be delivered in late July. The first two A380s will fly the routes from Incheon to Hong Kong, Narita and Los Angeles.
In February 2015, after returning to profit partly due to rising traffic between South Korea and neighboring China, Asiana Airlines placed an order for 25 Airbus A321neo. Korea’s second-largest airline by revenue will receive the new narrow-body planes from 2019 to replace the A321-200 fleet for short- and medium-haul routes.
In July 2016, Air Seoul, a South Korean low-cost carrier based at Incheon International Airport and a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, launched operations between Seoul-Gimpo and Jeju. In October 2016, Air Seoul started flights to Japan, its first international routes, now operating flights to 16 international destinations.
In April 2017, Asiana Airlines received its first Airbus A350 900 aircraft of its 12 aircraft on order, becoming the 12th carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A350-900 XWB. The A350-900, with 311 seats in a three-class configuration, also launched Economy Smartium, Asiana’s new Premium Economy product. Asiana A350 service is available on the San Francisco, London, Fukuoka, Hanoi, and Osaka routes.
The first deadly incident involving Asiana Airlines aircraft took place in July, 1993, when its Flight 733, a Boeing 737-500 crashed due to poor weather and 2 of the 6 crew members and 66 of the 110 passengers perished.
On July 8, 2013, a second deadly incident involved an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport, killing at least two passengers and injuring dozens more, many of them seriously.