Korean Air finalises major aircraft order

Korean Air finalises major aircraft order

Airline buys 12 new Boeing 747s, 777s and 787s

Airline buys 12 new Boeing 747s, 777s and 787s

Korean Air's order includes six Boeing 777s (photo by Christopher Parypa)
Korean Air’s order includes six Boeing 777s (photo by Christopher Parypa)

Korean Air has finalised an order with Boeing that will see it purchase 12 new long-haul aircraft.

The Seoul-based national carrier has firmed up a commitment for five B747-8 Intercontinentals and six B777-300ER aircraft, initially announced during the Paris Air Show in June. In addition, Korean Air has placed an order for one additional B787-9 Dreamliner.

The value of the combined order is US$3.9 billion at current list prices.

“We are honoured to partner with Korean Air once again to provide them with the most efficient twin-aisle airplanes in the market,” said Ray Conner, president & CEO of Boeing’s commercial unit. “With 90 Boeing passenger airplanes in Korean Air’s fleet and counting, we are proud our twin-aisle airplanes will continue to serve as the backbone of their long haul operations.”

Korean Air is the only airline in the world to have ordered the B747-8, B787 and Airbus A380 models, although to-date it still hasn’t taken delivery of the new Boeing aircraft. The airline now has outstanding orders for more than 35 new long-haul jets, including 10 B787-9 Dreamliners, 10 B747-8 Intercontinentals and four A380s, plus a range of A330s and B777s.

These new aircraft will help the aircraft expand its international fleet and phase out its older, more fuel-hungry B747-400s.

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