Korean Air Receives Its First Boeing 787-9

Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing’s 787 assembly facility at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina, as the Seoul-based carrier prepares to become the first Korean carrier to operate the type.

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Korean Air has finalized an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAXs and two additional 777-300ERs, securing options on 20 more 737 MAXs as part of the deal.

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The delivery makes Korean Air the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the Boeing 747-8.

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At the Paris Air Show on June 16, Korean Air signed commitments for up to 50 Airbus A321neos, up to 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets and two more Boeing 777-300ERs. The deals will make Korean Air a new A320-family customer and a new Boeing 737 MAX customer.

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The inaugural flight will take place on May 2, Korean Air operating the service with a Boeing 777-200ER.

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On July 20, Korean Air finalized an order for two Boeing 777-300ERs, taking its order total for the type to 16. On the previous day, Ethiopian Airlines ordered an additional Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, to add to the carrier’s existing fleet of five 777-200LRs.

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The codeshare agreement will allow Korean Air to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its ‘KE’ flight indicator on more than 70 flights within WestJet’s North American network.

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Virgin America has launched a new interline agreement with Korean Air, allowing the two airlines to offer seamless travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American, Asian and South American routes.

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From this week, customers can book tickets for combined travel on JetBlue Airways and Korean Air through New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

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Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8F and Boeing 777F freighters, becoming the first airline in the world to operate both freighter models.

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Flight KE082 is scheduled to depart New York JFK at 2:00 p.m. on August 9, to become the first A380 commercial flight to cross the Pacific from New York. The airline plans to add Los Angeles A380 service in October.

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Korean Air has ordered two additional Boeing 737-900ERs, each to be fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior, in a deal which Boeing values at $171.6 million at list prices.

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The transaction also includes options on 10 CS300s and purchase rights for an additional 10. The firm order makes Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, the launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries in Asia.

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At the Paris Airshow, Korean Air has signed a letter of intent to order 10 Bombardier CS300 aircraft with an additional 10 options and 10 purchase rights on CS300 airliners. Korean Air becomes the Asian launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries program.

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Korean Air’s first Boeing 737-900ER is its 737 to be fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

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Korean Air has become the sixth A380 operator worldwide and the first in North East Asia with the introduction on June 17 of revenue service with its first super-jumbo.

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Korean Air is the sixth airline to take delivery of an A380 and has ordered a total of 10 aircraft. It will initially operate the A380 from its Seoul hub to selected destinations in Asia, followed by non-stop flights to North America and Europe.

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The latest purchase agreement increases the total number of A330s ordered by Korean Air to 30 aircraft, of which 23 – 16 A330-300s and seven A330-200s – have already been delivered.

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Korean Air has ordered two more Boeing 747-8 Freighters to add to five 747-8Fs and five 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jets it has already purchased.

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