Asiana Airlines plans to resume service to Indonesia in late Jul-2013, after eight years of service suspension, as per a 11-Mar-2013 GDS inventory display. The carrier will launch twice weekly Seoul Incheon-Denpasar service from 25-Jul-2013 (utilising Boeing 767-300 equipment configured with 15 business and 235 economy seats) and daily Seoul Incheon-Jakarta service from 21-Jul-2013 (using A330-300 equipment configured with 30 business and 260 seats). The carrier previously operated to Jakarta in Aug-2005. Korean Air and Garuda Indonesia are currently the only two carriers operating between South Korea and Indonesia, according to Innovata. [more – original PR – Korean - Denpasar] [more – original PR – Korean - Jakarta]
Asiana Airlines to resume service to Indonesia after eight year absence
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