Asiana Airlines landed European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, a massive victory in its perennial rivalry with American competitor Boeing placing a firm order for 30 A350 XWBs, along with 10 options. The order, valued at more than $7 billion at list prices, was considered a major one for both the competitors.
Asiana, along with Korea Air, is one of South Korea's two major airlines.
Deliveries are slated to begin in 2016.
Asiana had been mulling such an order, not only as a replacement for its B767s and A330s, but also as a driver for future growth on long haul routes to Japan and China.
Commenting on the deal, Asiana vice chairman and CEO, Chan Bup Park, said the order ensures that "we will remain at the forefront of the aviation industry."
The airline also said it will take all three variants of the aircraft for use on both regional and long-haul routes.
The A350XWBs will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines.
So far, Airbus has sold more than 350 A350s to over 20 customers.