Asiana to Get Rid of 1st-Class Seats on Most Planes

  • By Shin Eun-jin

    August 27, 2015 11:55

    Asiana Airlines has decided to get rid of first-class seats on all aircraft except four super jumbos starting in 2017 and offer only business and economy-class seats.

    Asiana CEO Kim Soo-cheon told employees in a video message, "Our losses totaled W150 billion from June to August due to the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, while there is unlikely to be recovery in the number of Chinese and Japanese passengers any time soon (US$1=W1,189)."

    Kim added, "As we have struggled with relatively low demand for first-class seats compared to other airlines, we decided to have first-class seats remain on four A380s only.

    Some industry watchers are concerned that Asiana could end up losing its premium image altogether. Rival Korean Air continues to offer first-class seats on most international flights.

    Asiana said it wants to buy two more A380s next year and offer first class seats on flights to New York, Los Angeles and Frankfurt. Air Canada, Scandinavian Airlines and Turkish Airlines also recently got rid of first-class seats.

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