Korean Air has marked two milestone Boeing deliveries in June, one being the airline’s 30th 777, a 777-300ER, and the second being the airline’s first 737-900ER.
The latter aircraft is the airline’s first 737 to be fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior.
“Korean Air is focused on exceeding our customers’ expectations,” says Kim Sung Gab, delivery team leader & managing VP for Korean Air. “The enhancements in passenger comfort and efficiency of these new airplanes, in addition to Boeing’s new Sky Interior, will create a more comfortable flying experience that compliments Korean Air’s vision of ‘Excellence in Flight’.”
The Boeing 737-900ER is the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 family and the manufacturer says it has the highest capacity and longest range of all the models in Boeing’s single-aisle fleet. Boeing says the 737-900ER’s advanced-technology wing design helps increase fuel capacity and that its efficiency provides substantial economic advantages over competing models.
Korean Air plans to introduce its first 737-900ER with the Boeing Sky Interior to passengers on its routes from Seoul to Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Haneda airports later this year. The carrier will receive a second Boeing 737-900ER this week.
The 737 Boeing Sky Interior features a new cabin with different lighting schemes ranging from a soft sky blue to a calm, relaxing pallet of sunset colors. The change in cabin lighting uses brighter LED (light emitting diode) lights, which last 10 times longer than the previous type of lights installed in 737 cabins.
Korean Air now operates 30 Boeing 777s and has an additional 11 on order. A total of 103 Boeing aircraft are in the Korean Air fleet today.
Boeing says that, with an average fleet age of just over 10 years, the airline maintains one of the youngest fleets among large international airlines.