Asiana Airlines plans to lease 787s

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Asiana Airlines plans to lease several Boeing 787s to replace the older aircraft in its fleet that it uses on services to Southeast Asia and Japan.

The airline mainly uses Boeing 777-200s and Airbus A330-300s on many of these services, but it needs newer aircraft with updated products, says the airline's president and chief executive Yoon Young-Doo.

"We have not decided on the number of aircraft or the timeframe for the deliveries, but this is something that we will look at," says Yoon. "We want to get them on lease as they are not a permanent solution for us. The long-term backbone of our fleet will be the [Airbus] A350."

The Star Alliance carrier has ordered 30 A350s that will be delivered from 2017 and plans to take all three variants. It also has options for another 10 A350s.

Asiana also has orders for six Airbus A380s that it will receive from 2014 and deploy initially on services to the USA.

"The delivery of the A380 and the A350 will mark a new era for Asiana as it will revamp our fleet and bring in a new level of service to our customers," says Yoon.