"Le Bourget". Korean Air plans to purchase 30 Dreamliner aircraft
To modernize its fleet with 20 B-787/10 and another ten /9s
Boeing, Korean Air and Air Lease Corporation announced today at the "Paris Air Show" (June 17-23) the carrier plans to add 30 new 787 Dreamliner airplanes to its fleet, with a commitment to purchase 10 new 787/10s and 10 additional 787/9 planes valued at $6.3 billion at current list prices. As part of this agreement, Korean Air will also lease 10 B-787/10s from ALC.
The airline, one of the largest transpacific carriers in Asia with 16 non-stop routes to North America, will introduce the larger 787/10 to complement its long-haul fleet of 787/9 and 777 airplanes. This order will be reflected on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalized. With this order, Korea's flag carrier will quadruple its 787 fleet to 40 airplanes as it looks to strengthen its long-haul fleet.
The 787/10 is the largest member of the Dreamliner family. At 224 feet long (68 meters), it can serve up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than Korean Air's existing fleet of 787-9 airplanes.
The carrier operates a fleet of 96 Boeing passenger airplanes, including the Next-Generation 737, 747, 777 and 787 planes. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet with the 747/400, 747/8 and 777 Freighters.
Korean Air also selected the GEnx engine to power its 30 additional B-787 Dreamliners. This selection will increase Korean Air's GEnx-powered Dreamliner fleet to 40 aircraft.
With a fleet of 168 aircraft, Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airlines and serves 126 destinations in 44 countries worldwide. It is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance and recently formed a Joint-Venture partnership with Delta Air Lines.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency