For business class passengers, meanwhile, the A380 is equipped with 66 of Asiana’s Business Smartium seats. These are similarly laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration across two cabins on the top deck of the aircraft, however unlike the first class suites the business class seats are staggered. Seats in odd rows offer a bit more privacy, with window seats are positioned slightly closer to the windows and centre seats positioned further away from their neighbours. The seats themselves similarly recline to a fully flat bed position, offering 74.5 inches of length and 22 inches of width, while screens come in at 15.6 inches.
As for the B747-400, these unfortunately don’t have Asiana’s First Suites nor do they offer the same Business Smartium product. Instead, Asiana offers its 10 of its Royal Business Class, which it bills as first class, in the nose of the aircraft and 24 of an older business class on the top deck, which it lays out in a 2-2 formation.
Asiana’s other daily flight between Seoul and Hong Kong, OZ721/OZ722, will continue to be operated by a mix of aircraft, notably its A330 and B777.
The upgauge to the superjumbo will come on the same day that rival Korean carrier, Korean Air, is set to cease its flights to Hong Kong from Busan.