Asiana Airlines was relatively unknown in the United States before Saturday's crash landing at San Francisco International Airport. But South Korea's second-largest carrier has been growing steadily over the past 25 years and connects two of the world's biggest technology markets.
Saturday's flight was between Seoul and San Francisco. Samsung and LG are based in Seoul. San Francisco is near Silicon Valley and tech powerhouses like Intel and online media companies like Facebook.
With 79 planes, Asiana's fleet is about half as big as flag carrier Korean Air. And it is small compared to global giants like United Airlines or Air France. But Asiana flies very long flights on some of the world's largest planes, including the Boeing 747 and the Boeing 777, which was the type of plane that crashed on Saturday.
The airline has also ordered 30 of Airbus' new A350, and six superjumbo A380s. Those are the two biggest planes Airbus sells.
Some of the world's fastest-growing airlines are in Asia. Many of them are so-called low-cost-carriers that fly smaller planes on busy but relatively short-haul routes.
Asiana, which was founded in 1988, is more of a traditional airline. It has a mix of small and large planes and flies an assortment of routes. It flies to 12 cities in Korea, and 71 cities in 23 other countries — including five in the United States. According to Airfleets.net, the average age of its fleet is 9.3 years — fairly young for an international airline.
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