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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By June 20 at the 2013 Paris Air Show, Boeing has won orders and commitments for 442 commercial aircraft in transactions which the manufacturer values at more than $66 billion at list prices.

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Boeing values the deal at approximately $3.6 billion at current list prices. Korean Air is the only airline in the world to order both the passenger and freighter variations of the Boeing 747-8.

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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 flight, which routed over Manhattan and other parts of New York City and which gave passengers a close-up view of the new, still-unfinished ‘Freedom Tower’, celebrated the 70th anniversary of Azriel (Al) “Blackie’ Blackman’s service with American Airlines and a forebear company.

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A Korean Air Boeing 737-900ER, featuring Boeing’s Sky Interior, was the second Boeing aircraft to arrive at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. It arrived on July 8.

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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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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is teaming with Korean Air to showcase a full-scale cabin demonstrator for the manufacturer’s new CSeries airliner at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition from October 18 to 23.

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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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