7-Nov-2011 11:01 AM

Asiana to boost fleet to 88 aircraft by 2015. Seeking to become world's 10th largest carrier

Asiana Airlines senior VP strategic planning E Bae Kim stated the carrier plans to raise its fleet to 88 aircraft by 2015 to meet growing demand for long-haul services, according to a Yonhap report. "Our long-term goal is to become the 10th biggest air carrier in the world in terms of operating revenues. To achieve the goal, we will expand our size. We now have a fleet of 71 planes in 2011. The figure will increase to 83 in 2013 and to 88 in 2015," he said.

Mr Kim added the carrier's profits have "fluctuated widely", impacted by external factors. Mr Kim forecast that passenger traffic will grow at an annualised rate of 5% p/a over the next five years.

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