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Asiana swaps A350 for A380 for OZ 203/204, LAX <--> ICN After 4/30/2018

Asiana swaps A350 for A380 for OZ 203/204, LAX <--> ICN After 4/30/2018

Old Feb 8, 2018, 7:04 pm
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I checked Award Hacker dot com and it shows OZ miles for PVG to LAX for business class would be 55k, showing transferable from only SPG. I don't have enough there. United is showing 80k for this flight. How can I get 55k over to Asiana?
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Old Feb 14, 2018, 5:32 am
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Originally Posted by agjil
Where's the A380 being moved to?
Nobody knows the answer to this? I'm also interested to know, but too lazy to search all the OZ routes to find out where they moved it to.
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Old Feb 15, 2018, 12:35 am
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Maybe it's not going anywhere with OZ. Airlines get rid of planes all the time; recently there was a rumor KE was seeking to retire/sell one of its A380s, since retracted. Who knows if there was a kernel of truth to the initial claim? They wouldn't be the first airline to retire/sell an A380. But OZ only acquired their A380s recently (within the last four years or so) and has two flights daily between LAX and ICN: OZ201, the morning flight, and OZ203, the redeye, and their page linked in the OP says it is only OZ203 getting the A350, and then only on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. But OZ203 flies every day. Thus it would seem they will alternate A350/A380, no?

Quite possibly Asiana has been losing money on these A380s, though they don't have a lot of them:

HL7625
HL7626
HL7634
HL7635

They also have four A350 aircraft in the fleet:

HL7578
HL7579
HL8078
HL8079

Maybe they hope the A350 competes against KE more effectively. For us, we were initially a little bummed, until we realized the A350 might be nicer in certain respects.
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Old Feb 15, 2018, 1:12 am
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I don't know the answer to this either, but I did read recently that Asiana's new strategy is to move most of its short haul flights to Air Busan/Air Seoul and invest in more long haul direct flights between 'unusual' destinations using A350 (such as ICN-VCE). This means the A350 will be in larger demand for the new routes and I expect the A380 to be serving the major routes.
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Old Feb 15, 2018, 9:14 am
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As A380 reduces OZ203 from 7 to 3/w, morning NRT flight will become A380 for 4/w (MoWeFrSu).

I expect either BKK or HKG evening flight will be upgraded to A380, 7/w, otherwise there will be 2 A380s parking overnight at ICN everyday.
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Old Feb 15, 2018, 9:27 am
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I had a choice a couple months back to fly ICN-SFO in 350 J or ICN-LAX in 380 J, I took the 380 since I'd never flown one before, glad I did based seemingly based on the future of the type. We don't have EK in YVR and from SEA its 777 so getting a 380 isn't the easiest thing to accomplish.

I liked the OZ J experience, but I found the cabin to be too hot and I'm sick of aircrafts not having personal vents, it's a terrible trend! The other thing was the remote on my seat didn't work at all. I was quite happy with the service, the seat, the food. My only other complaint was how bad the AVOD selection was for a 10+ hour flight. I thought maybe they devoted lots of space to Korean stuff, nope, there wasn't much there either.

Looking forward to trying the 350 with OZ at some point, but unless they fly THAT to SEA, it won't be that easy to get either...
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Old Feb 15, 2018, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by drvannostren
Looking forward to trying the 350 with OZ at some point, but unless they fly THAT to SEA, it won't be that easy to get either...
SEA will become A350 from July 31st, 2018:
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...ate-july-2018/
With two new A350s coming this year, SEA (7/w) and LAX (4/w) are getting A350.
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Old Feb 15, 2018, 1:26 pm
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Originally Posted by bobbybrown
SEA will become A350 from July 31st, 2018:
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...ate-july-2018/
With two new A350s coming this year, SEA (7/w) and LAX (4/w) are getting A350.
I recently booked a return flight on OZ for Nov 2018 from ICN to LAX and the system still had the A380 on that route. Any idea when they would update the booking system to reflect the change?
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Old Feb 16, 2018, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by bobbybrown
SEA will become A350 from July 31st, 2018:
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...ate-july-2018/
With two new A350s coming this year, SEA (7/w) and LAX (4/w) are getting A350.
Awesome! It really seems more appropriate than the 777. We've got a couple 350s up at YVR with another coming in LH MUC. I'll definitely have a reason to fly SEA-ICN now!

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Old Feb 20, 2018, 9:01 pm
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So that's what this is about?

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I personally prefer the A380, I just like the plane in general but I understand it's a very expensive plane in term of operational cost unless it's full.
Which might be a challenge for OZ currently in many of their route. I hope they keep the A380 for the JFK / ICN route after it changes back to it.
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Old Mar 8, 2018, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by bobbybrown
As A380 reduces OZ203 from 7 to 3/w, morning NRT flight will become A380 for 4/w (MoWeFrSu).

I expect either BKK or HKG evening flight will be upgraded to A380, 7/w, otherwise there will be 2 A380s parking overnight at ICN everyday.
OZ741/742 ICN-BKK got switched to the 380 from the 330. DOnt know the exact dates of it but I'm flying late April and early may on these flights and they swapped it without notifying me besides with a phone call to call them back, good thing I checked as one of the flights they decided to put us in the middle 2 seats
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Old Apr 30, 2018, 10:56 pm
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I am currently booked on ICN-LAX on 11/25 in F on OZ on the later flight. Asiana's website is showing that the 204 has been switched to the A350 for that month (and earlier months), but not the Sunday flights in November. Is Asiana planning on bringing the A380 back to LAX or have they just not updated their schedule that far out?
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Old Apr 30, 2018, 11:19 pm
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Originally Posted by uclabruin82
I am currently booked on ICN-LAX on 11/25 in F on OZ on the later flight. Asiana's website is showing that the 204 has been switched to the A350 for that month (and earlier months), but not the Sunday flights in November. Is Asiana planning on bringing the A380 back to LAX or have they just not updated their schedule that far out?
Website is updated, and for now the A380 is indeed coming back to ICN-LAX in winter:

Originally Posted by mduell

OZ203/204 is switching some days of the week, not OZ201/202 which remains A388.


Code:
flight orig dest eqp departs from to days
--------+------+------+-----+----------+------------+------------+---------
OZ204 ICN LAX 77L 20:40:00 2018-04-01 2018-04-30 MTWRFSU
OZ204 ICN LAX 359 20:40:00 2018-05-01 2018-06-30 T R SU
OZ204 ICN LAX 77L 20:40:00 2018-05-02 2018-05-18 M W F
OZ204 ICN LAX 388 20:40:00 2018-05-21 2018-06-29 M W F
OZ204 ICN LAX 359 20:40:00 2018-07-01 2018-09-16 T R SU
OZ204 ICN LAX 388 20:40:00 2018-07-02 2018-09-14 M W F
OZ204 ICN LAX 388 20:40:00 2018-09-17 2018-10-22 M W F
OZ204 ICN LAX 359 20:40:00 2018-09-18 2018-10-27 T R SU
OZ204 ICN LAX 77L 20:40:00 2018-10-24 2018-10-26 W F
OZ204 ICN LAX 388 20:40:00 2018-10-28 2018-11-03 MTWRFSU
OZ204 ICN LAX 388 20:40:00 2018-11-04 2019-03-09 MTWRFSU
OZ204 ICN LAX 388 20:40:00 2019-03-10 2019-03-30 MTWRFSU
OZ204 ICN LAX 388 20:40:00 2019-03-31 2019-03-31 U
Basically in summer 204 is operated by the A380 3x weekly and A359 the other 4 days of the week, but in winter it's back to the daily A380 (while JFK loses its A380 and goes to the A359).
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Old May 1, 2018, 9:25 am
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thanks Truncated!
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Old May 1, 2018, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by truncated
Website is updated, and for now the A380 is indeed coming back to ICN-LAX in winter:



Basically in summer 204 is operated by the A380 3x weekly and A359 the other 4 days of the week, but in winter it's back to the daily A380 (while JFK loses its A380 and goes to the A359).
*phew
I love being on the upper deck of that plane!
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