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Asiana to add the Airbus A380 on the Seoul-Los Angeles route now on August 20

Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) has moved forward the start of Airbus A380 service on the route to Los Angeles to August 20, instead of August 26 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com.

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NTSB: “Asiana flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the visual glidepath due to the flight crew’s mismanagement of the approach and inadequate monitoring of airspeed.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) yesterday (June 24) issued its probable cause and report on the July 6, 2013 crash of Asiana Airlines (Seoul) flight 214 with the pictured Boeing 777-28E ER HL7742 (msn 29171) at San Francisco. Here is the full statement and link:

In a Board meeting held on June 24, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that Asiana flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the visual glidepath due to the flight crew’s mismanagement of the approach and inadequate monitoring of airspeed. The Board also found that the complexities of the auto throttle and autopilot flight director systems, and the crew’s misunderstanding of those systems, contributed to the accident.

On July 6, 2013, about 11:28 a.m. (PDT), the Boeing 777 was on approach to runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California when it struck the seawall at the end of the runway. Three of the 291 passengers died; 40 passengers, eight of the 12 flight attendants, and one of the four flight crewmembers received serious injuries. The other 248 passengers, four flight attendants, and three flight crewmembers received minor injuries or were not injured. The impact forces and a postcrash fire destroyed the airplane.

The NTSB determined that the flight crew mismanaged the initial approach and that the airplane was well above the desired glidepath as it neared the runway. In response to the excessive altitude, the captain selected an inappropriate autopilot mode and took other actions that, unbeknownst to him, resulted in the autothrottle no longer controlling airspeed.

As the airplane descended below the desired glidepath, the crew did not notice the decreasing airspeed nor did they respond to the unstable approach. The flight crew began a go-around maneuver when the airplane was below 100 feet, but it was too late and the airplane struck the seawall.

“In this accident, the flight crew over-relied on automated systems without fully understanding how they interacted,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. “Automation has made aviation safer. But even in highly automated aircraft, the human must be the boss.”

As a result of this accident investigation, the NTSB made recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration, Asiana Airlines, The Boeing Company, the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Working Group, and the City of San Francisco.

These recommendations address the safety issues identified in the investigation, including the need for reinforced adherence to Asiana flight crew standard operating procedures, more opportunities for manual flying for Asiana pilots, a context-dependent low energy alerting system, and both certification design review and enhanced training on the Boeing 777 autoflight system.

The recommendations also address the need for improved emergency communications, and staffing requirements and training for aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel.

“Today, good piloting includes being on the lookout for surprises in how the automation works, and taking control when needed,” Hart said. “Good design means not only maximizing reliability, but also minimizing surprises and uncertainties.”

A synopsis of the NTSB report, including the probable cause, findings, and a complete list of the 27 safety recommendations, is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2014/asiana214/abstract.html. The full report will be available on the website in several weeks.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-28E ER HL7742 is pictured on approach at Los Angeles International Airport before the accident at SFO.

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Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 becoming the 11th operator

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, becoming the eleventh operator of the type in the world. The A380 was handed over to Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, by Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, during a special ceremony today (May 26) in Toulouse, France.

Asiana Airlines has ordered six A380s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The airline has specified a premium three class layout for its fleet, seating a total of 495 passengers, with 12 private suites in First Suite, 66 fully flat seats in Business Smartium and 417 seats in Travel Class. All seats are equipped with the latest on-demand in-flight entertainment systems.

Asiana Airlines will initially deploy its new flagship aircraft from Seoul on regional services in Asia to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, followed by long-haul routes to Los Angeles.

As part of its widebody fleet modernization strategy, Asiana Airlines also has 30 of the all-new the A350 XWB on order. The A350 XWB will offer a step change in efficiency, with operating costs 25 per cent lower than the competition. The A380 and A350 will complement an existing Airbus fleet at Asiana that currently includes the A330 and A320 Family.

Airbus currently has 324 firm orders for the A380, from 20 customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-841 F-WWAP (msn 152) became HL7625 on the handover.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus. Park Sam Koo, Chairman of Kumho Asiana Group, and Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier toured the number 1 Asiana Airlines A380 after this aircraft’s formal handover ceremony on May 26, held at Airbus’ Toulouse, France delivery center.

Asiana A380 Delivery Ceremony (Airbus)(LR)

Video: Painting of the first A380:

The first Asiana Airlines Airbus A380 is rolled out of the paint shop

Asiana A380-800 F-WWAP (HL7625)(06)(Grd) XFW (Airbus)(LRW)

The first Airbus A380 for Asiana Airlines (Seoul) was rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, marking the completion of its painting. The aircraft will then have completion of its cabin and enter a final phase of ground and flight tests in Hamburg, during which all cabin systems will be thoroughly tested, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment systems. In parallel, Airbus will also undertake advanced performance tests with the aircraft before it flies back to Toulouse for preparation of its delivery to the airline in the second quarter of this year.

Asiana Airlines has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft from Seoul initially on regional services in Asia followed by long-haul routes to the United States.

Copyright Photo: Airbus. The first A380 is A380-841 F-WWAP which will become HL7625 (msn 152) on the handover.

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Video: From National Geographic – Building the Airbus A380:

Asiana Airlines to introduce the Airbus A380 on June 13

Asiana A380-800 (06)(Flt)(Asiana)(LR)

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) has announced it will begin Airbus A380 service on June 13 between Seoul (Incheon) and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Osaka and Tokyo. Service to Los Angeles will begin later on August 15.

The new wide-body type will have 12 First Class seats, 66 Business Class seats and 417 Travel Class seats along with “First Suite” in the upper deck.

A380 Flight Schedule

Period of Operation: June 13 ~ July 23, 2014
A380 Flight Schedule
Route Flight Number Frequency Departure/Arrival(Local time)
Seoul(Incheon)/
Tokyo(ICN/NRT)
OZ102/101 Daily ICN 09:00 → NRT 1110
NRT 1310 → ICN 15:40
Seoul(Incheon)/
Hong Kong(ICN/HKG)
OZ745/746 6 Times a Week
(Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
ICN 19:50 → HKG 2240
HKG 0040+1 → ICN 0510+1
  • +1 indicates the day after date of departure
  • Above schedule is subject to change without prior notice
Period of Operation: July 24 ~ August 14, 2014
A380 Flight Schedule
Route Flight Number Frequency Departure/Arrival(Local time)
Seoul(Incheon)/
Tokyo(ICN/NRT)
OZ102/101 Daily ICN 09:00 → NRT 11:10
NRT 13:10 → ICN 15:40
Seoul(Incheon)/
Hong Kong(ICN/HKG)
OZ745/746 Daily ICN 19:50 → HKG 22:40
HKG 00:40+1 → ICN 0510+1
Seoul(Incheon)/
Osaka(ICN/KIX)
OZ112/111 Daily ICN 10:45 → KIX 12:25
KIX 14:25 → ICN16:15
Seoul(Incheon)/
Bangkok(ICN/BKK)
OZ741/742 5 Times a Week
(Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
ICN 18:30 → BKK 22:05
BKK 01:10+1 → ICN 08:45+1
  • +1 indicates the day after date of departure
  • Above schedule is subject to change without prior notice
Effective August 15, 2014
A380 Flight Schedule
Route Flight Number Frequency Departure/Arrival(Local time)
Seoul(Incheon)/
Los Angeles(ICN/LAX)
OZ202/201 Daily ICN 14:50 → LAX 09:50
LAX 12:20 → ICN 17:20+1
Seoul(Incheon)/
Hong Kong(ICN/HKG)
OZ745/7463 5 Times a Week
(Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
ICN19:50 → HKG 22:40
HKG 00:40+1 → ICN 05:10+1
  • +1 indicates the day after date of departure
  • Above schedule is subject to change without prior notice

A380 seat map

seat map

Images: Asiana Airlines.

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Asiana Airlines is changing its cockpit culture as a result of the July 6 crash

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) is changing its pilot training program according to this report by Reuters. As a result of recommendations from the NTSB concerning the July 6, 2013 crash at San Francisco. Asiana is now encouraging its flight crews to talk more and to challenge each other as a way of changing its corporate culture.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-28E ER HL7500 (msn 28685) taxies at Istanbul (Ataturk).

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NTSB Chairman Hersman’s briefing on the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash at San Francisco

National Transportation Safety Board’s Chairperson Hersman briefs the media at yesterday’s hearing in Washington on the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash. The main theme of the investigation is centered around the overuse of automation.

Read the analysis by Reuters: CLICK HERE

Asiana Airlines’ pilot sees a bright light on the final approach

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) has conducted its final press conference in San Francisco. The landing Asiana Airlines pilot reported a bright light source on his final approach (reflection of the sun on the water?). The pilot looked away and did not think it blinded him. The other pilot did not report any source of light. Here is the briefing from yesterday afternoon (July 11). The final accident report will probably take a year or longer before it is issued. If there are any recommendations, the NTSB will issue those recommendations sooner to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Meanwhile the remains of the Boeing 777 are slowly being removed.

The latest (July 10) NTSB briefing on the Asiana Airlines crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued this briefing on the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco late yesterday (July 10). The briefing includes new information on the pilots.

The lastest NTSB investigation briefing on the Asiana Airlines crash

The July 9, 2013 NTSB Briefing by Chairperson Deborah Hersman on the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco. Two flight attendants survived their ejected from the aircraft.

NTSB B-Roll from July 9, 2013:

ALPA pushes back on growing pilot error media conclusions

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, released the following statement regarding the crash landing of Asiana Airlines (Seoul) flight 214 in San Francisco on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with those who were involved in the accident this past Saturday. From the crew to the passengers to the families and first responders, we hope they can gain some comfort during this difficult time.

ALPA is stunned by the amount of detailed operational data from on-board recorders released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this soon into the investigation. The amount of data released publicly during the field portion of the accident investigation is unprecedented.

It is imperative that safety investigators refrain from prematurely releasing the information from on-board recording devices. We have seen in the past that publicizing this data before all of it can be collected and analyzed leads to erroneous conclusions that can actually interfere with the investigative process.

The release of individual data points from the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder—without the context of the entire body of factual investigative data—represents a potential detriment to flight safety. It encourages wild speculation, as we have already seen in the media, about causes of the accident before all the facts are known, before investigators have the ability to determine why the events occurred, and in this case before the flight crew had even been interviewed.

This premature release of partial data is often taken out of context and creates the impression that the NTSB has already determined probable cause even before the investigation has started. Since each factor of flight, landing, airport environment, and crew is part of safe air travel, we need to ensure that reckless release of information is not sensationalized by the media for the purpose of a few headlines.

ALPA has long supported an objective accident investigation process that is based on the fundamental principle of obtaining all the facts to perform accurate analysis in the context of all factors that may have led to an accident. We stand ready to assist the NTSB or any state investigative agency in obtaining those facts and ensuring that an appropriate operational context is maintained.

ALPA urges the NTSB to make sure that the objective investigative process continues by gathering all the facts and relevant information before leading the public to believe that a cause has been determined.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing more than 50,000 pilots at 33 airlines in the United States and Canada.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Here is another view of the ill-fated Boeing 777-28E ER HL7742 (msn 29171) arriving at Los Angeles before the accident at SFO.

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Asiana Airlines’ pilot at San Francisco had only 43 hours in the Boeing 777

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman SFO (NTSB)(LR)

Asiana Airlines‘ (Seoul) pilot attempting the ill-fated landing at San Francisco on Saturday (July 6) was visiting San Francisco for the first time in a Boeing 777 (he visited SFO in other aircraft in the past). Lee Kang-kuk had previously logged only 43 hours in the Triple Seven before the accident. It is unclear if the senior pilot in the cockpit, Lee Jung-min, who had 3,220 hours in the Boeing 777, attempted to take over the aircraft to abort the landing at the end.

The aircraft was coming in “slow and low” as the now famous plane watcher video now shows (see below in a previous entry) along with data released by the NTSB. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman (above) said the 777 was “well below” the required air speed of 137 knots on its low approach. The crew finally applied power after receiving the “stick shaker” warning of an imminent stall. It was too late to go around.

The two Chinese teenagers who died in the crash were thrown from the aircraft. Now it has been announced that one of the teenagers was probably run over by a responding fire truck.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: NTSB Chariman Hersman briefs (top and video) the media yesterday in San Francisco.

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Video:

New video from CNN shows the Asiana Boeing 777 crashing and cartwheeling at San Francisco

A new exclusive video taken by Fred Hayes has been released by CNN.

All photos by the NTSB.

Asiana 777 Wreck (NTSB)(LR)

Asiana 777 Cabin (NTSB)(LR)

Follow the latest Tweets from the NTSB Team: CLICK HERE

NTSB is on the scene at the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco

NTSB-Asiana 777 Crash SFO 1 (NTSB)(LR)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) investigators arrived on the scene last evening of the crash of Asiana Airlines‘ (Seoul) Boeing 777-28E ER HL7742 (msn 29171) that crashed while attempting to land.

Meanwhile Asiana Airlines issued this statement:

Press Release for Incident Involving Asiana Flight OZ 214 (July 7, 2013 06:30 KOR.Time)

The following information has been confirmed.

Asiana Airlines flight OZ 214 (Aircraft Registration HL7742) departed Incheon International Airport on July 6, 2013 at 16:35 (Korea time) bound for San Francisco. On July 7, 2013 at 11:28 (Local time) an accident occurred as OZ 214 was making a landing on San Francisco International Airport’s runway 28 L.

There were a total of 291 passengers (19 business class, 272 travel class) and 16 cabin crew aboard. The majority of the passengers were comprised of 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 US citizens, 1 Japanese citizen, etc. for a total of 291 people.

Asiana Airlines is currently investigating the specific cause of the incident as well as any injuries that may have been sustained to passengers as a result. Asiana Airlines will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation of all associated government agencies and to facilitate this cooperation has established an emergency response center at its headquarters.

At this point no additional information has been confirmed. New developments will be announced as more information becomes available.

For further information regarding OZ213/214, please contact 800-227-4262.

Additionally the CEO of Asiana has ruled out any engine problems with the aircraft.

All passengers and crew members have now been accounted for. The two dead passengers were Chinese teenagers who were found outside of the aircraft, probably dropping from the rear section when it broke up on impact with the seawall. More than 100 people were injured.

Read the full story from KGO Channel 7 in San Francisco: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: NTSB. NTSB investigators conduct first site assessment of #Asiana214 in San Francisco.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: NTSB. Chairman Hersman and Investigator-in-Charge Bill English looking at interior damage to #Asiana214.

NTSB-Asiana 777 Crash SFO 2 (NTSB)(LR)

Breaking News: Asiana’s Boeing 777-28E HL7742 crashes on landing at San Francisco

Asiana Airlines‘ (Seoul) flight OZ 214 from Seoul (Incheon) to San Francisco with a reported 291 passengers and 16 crew members crashed landed short of runway 28L on landing at San Francisco at 1127 local time. The underside of the fuselage, possibly the main gear, impacted the rock seawall while landing leaving a trail of debris down the overrun area and on to the runway. The forward section of Boeing 777-28E ER HL7742 (msn 29171) was consumed by fire. The main fuselage separated from the tail section on impact. Most passengers and crew members were able to escape the burning aircraft from the main section.

The flight crew gave no indication of a problem before attempting its landing.

Two people have died in the crash. 181 people were initially transported to nine area hospitals from the triage area. 123 people are listed as uninjured. 34 people have been transported to the Trauma Center at the San Francisco General Hospital. Of these 34, five are listed now as “critical” and five are now listed as “serious”. One person is now listed as “unaccounted”. The remainder were later transported to area hospitals for medical attention and are expected to be released.

One eyewitness, watching the planes landing, reported to CNN that he saw the airliner land short of the runway with the landing gear hitting the seawall. A fire ball flared on the underside of the aircraft during the hard landing. The aircraft cartwheeled according to the eyewitness with the tail section and vertical stabilizers separating quickly. The right wing tip shows damage.

Another eyewitness who was a passenger in the rear section of the aircraft told CNN the tail section hit the ground very hard and at least two Flight Attendants “fell out” from rear into the gap that was created when the tail section separated.

An United Boeing 747-400 was very close to the final resting spot of the forward section and was preparing to depart.

Weather was reported to be clear and visibility at 10 miles at the time of the accident.

San Francisco International Airport is now reporting it has opened two runways.

HL7742 was delivered new to Asiana on March 7, 2006.

More news will be posted as it is confirmed.

Read the report from NBC: CLICK HERE

Local TV news coverage from PIX 11: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. HL7742 is pictured on final approach previously at Los Angeles.

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Videos from San Francisco:

Report from CNN:

JetBlue and Asiana move closer with a new interline agreement

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Asiana Airlines (Seoul) have announced the launch of an interline agreement to connect each other’s networks and bring new flight options to travelers between Asia and the Americas.

Through the arrangement, effective immediately, travelers can book single-ticket travel combining flights on both carriers and enjoy one-stop baggage check-in when they transfer between the airlines at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

JetBlue is the largest domestic airline at JFK, where Asiana offers daily nonstop service to its global hub at Incheon International Airport. Travelers can connect onward to cities across Asia and Oceania via Seoul.

U.S.-bound travelers will enjoy easy transfers at JFK from Asiana to JetBlue destinations including Boston, Massachusetts; Burlington, Vermont; Syracuse and Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Portland, Maine, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and six cities in Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Jacksonville.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N348JB (msn 19000511) with the Barcode tail fin gracefully climbs away from Toronto (Pearson).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Yuji Wang. Boeing 767-38E HL7514 (msn 25763) of Asiana Airlines arrives from the Seoul hub at Shanghai (Pudong).

Asiana Airlines to fly to Da Nang, Vietnam

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) will launch the Seoul (Incheon)-Da Nang (Vietnam) route on December 14 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated twice-weekly with Airbus A321s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Asiana Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Asiana Airlines Cargo’s two missing crew members bodies located

Asiana Airlines’ (Seoul) two missing crew members from the crashed cargo flight of July 28, 2011 have been located. The bodies have been located near Jeju Island. The crash is still under investigation according to The Korean Times.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Asiana Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil.

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400F freighter for Asiana Airlines

World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings Inc., has reached an agreement with Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) to operate one Boeing 747-400F freighter on a full-time basis beginning in September 2011. World will provide additional capacity for Asiana’s cargo network, connecting its hub at Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, with West Coast markets in the United States.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

Asiana Airlines’ Boeing 747-48EF HL7604 crashes today off of Jeju Island in South Korea, two crew missing

Asiana Airlines’ (Seoul) cargo flight OZ 991 bound for Shanghai has crashed into the sea off of Jeju Island in South Korea. The two crew members on board are missing.

Read the full story from the New York Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Asiana Airlines produces a $211 million net profit in 2010

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) reported it produced a net profit of $211 million in 2010.

Read the full report from ATW: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Please click on photo for aircraft information.

Asiana orders six Airbus A380s

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) has become a new customer for the A380 following the signature of a firm order for six aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2014 and the airline plans to operate the aircraft with a premium layout on key routes to Europe and the US. The carrier will make an engine selection for its A380 fleet in the near future.

Asiana Airlines posts a record profit in the third quarter

Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) posted a record profit of $184 million in the third quarter. Read the full report from The Chosun Ilbo:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on photo for additional details.

Asiana Airlines Cargo adds service to Atlanta on September 13

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) began cargo service to Atlanta on September 13 with Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft. The new route will be operated four times a week.

Asiana Airlines is the 14th all-cargo airline to serve Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Singapore Airlines Cargo began scheduled service to Atlanta in September 2009.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 747-48EF HL7636 (msn 29170) climbs away from Anchorage.

Asiana Airlines Cargo to add Atlanta on September 13

Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) will extend its cargo network to Atlanta, starting on September 13. The new route will be operated four times a week with Boeing 747-400F freighters.

On the financial side, the second quarter profit slipped to slightly over $12 million.

Read the full report in ATW:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Asiana Cargo’s Boeing 747-48EF HL7636 (msn 29170) climbs into the sky at Anchorage.

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400F for Asiana

Please click on the AG icon for a direct link to the World photo gallery.

World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc.,  has signed an agreement with Asiana Airlines (Seoul) to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time basis for air cargo service beginning February 23 through the remainder of 2010.

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