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.
“The Next-Generation 737-900ER complements Korean Air’s fleet of more than 80 Boeing airplanes,” notes Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales and marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The new Boeing Sky Interior will enable Korean Air to further enhance the premium flying experience it provides to its passengers.”
Korea’s flag carrier is in the process of revamping its fleet with technologically advanced aircraft, having completed a cabin-refurbishment project for its medium-to-long-haul fleet early this year.
The Boeing 737-900ER is the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 aircraft family and is the highest-capacity, longest-range jet in Boeing’s single-aisle fleet. New aerodynamic and structural design changes allow the aircraft to carry up to 180 passengers in a two-class layout.
The Next-Generation 737 Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers. It introduces new lighting and curving architecture that create a distinctive entry-way. Passengers experience a more open cabin feel and a blue-sky environment simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
The new interior also features newly improved and expanded pivot bins, enabling passengers to load more baggage and helping keep disturbances to aisle-seat passengers to a minimum.
Korean Air already operates two 737-900ERs, as well as a combination of 737-800s and 737-900s, in its single-aisle fleet. The airline’s fleet consists of 82 Boeing jets.
Boeing Flight Services partners with Korean Air to provide Next-Generation 737 flight training for Korean Air’s crews at the airline’s training facility in Incheon.