Asiana Airlines launched its first flight to Rome on 30 June. To celebrate the first flight PSY (the famous Korean popstar of “Gangnam style” fame) was made an Honorary Ambassador of Asiana at the launch celebration. Rome is the Star Alliance carrier’s fifth destination in Europe after Frankfurt, Istanbul, London and Paris.
Meanwhile in Rome there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the launch of the new service featuring the President and CEO of Asiana Airlines as well as the South Korean Ambassador to Italy.
- Asiana Airlines has expanded its presence in Europe with the launch of a fifth destination. On 30 June, the Star Alliance carrier launched thrice-weekly flights on the 8,961-kilometre route from Seoul Incheon (ICN) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO). The service will be operated by the carrier’s 777-200s. Competition on the route comes from Alitalia and Korean Air, who both also operate thrice-weekly. Asiana becomes the latest Asian carrier to serve the Italian capital, following the likes of Air China, Air India, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines and Thai Airways.