Korean Air has taken delivery of the first of 10 Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental widebody passenger jets it has on order.
The delivery makes Korean Air the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the Boeing 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven Boeing 747-8 Freighters.
“This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy,” says Walter Cho, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Korean Air. “That is important to a global airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft.”
Korea’s flag carrier currently operates 87 Boeing passenger jets, including 737NGs, 747s and 777s. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.
Offering a range of 7,730 nautical miles (14,310 kilometers), the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental offers a 16 per cent saving in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30 per cent less noise, according to Boeing.
Korean Air’s 747-8Is are being configured with 368 seats. It is Korean Air’s first aircraft type fitted with First Class Kosmo Suite 2.0 units, each of which has a sliding door and a higher partition to provide added privacy for passengers.
The suites are also equipped with updated in-flight entertainment systems, including 24-inch high-definition monitors and new handheld touch remotes.
Korean Air’s Business Class Prestige Suites offer staggered seating and privacy panels, along with 18-inch high-definition touch screen monitors.
The carrier’s Aerospace Division is a key Boeing partner on both the 747-8 and 787 programs, supplying the raked wing-tips for each model. It is also one of two suppliers producing the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology Winglet.
With a current fleet of 161 aircraft, Korean Air is one of the world’s top 20 airlines in terms of passenger and cargo traffic. It operates more than 430 flights per day to 128 cities in 45 countries.
Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance. Together, the alliance’s 20 members carry 612 million passengers annually on a worldwide route network offering more than 16,000 flights a day to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.