has exercised options for two Boeing 747-400 freighter kits from its order announced in 2004 to convert up to 20 747-400 passenger
airplanes into freighters as part of the Boeing Converted Freighter program.
Boeing began the physical conversion work on Korean Air's first airplane in April at Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) in
Korean Air plans to convert a combination of its own and other airlines' 747-400 passenger airplanes to freighters using Boeing's kits
- including service bulletin, parts and on-site support. Korean Air will use its Aerospace Division facility in Gimhae, South Korea, to perform the hands-on labor
and redeliver the aircraft.
"These conversions represent a continuing commitment from Korean Air to the efficiency and value of Boeing Converted Freighters," said
Hang-Jin Cho, senior vice-president of Purchasing, Facilities and Environment at Korean Air. "We're pleased to have our highly trained Korean Air
personnel transition these 747-400 passenger jets into freighters at our aerospace facilities."
A modified 747-400 receives a side cargo door and a layout that is similar to the 747-400 production freighter. The 747-400 Boeing Converted
Freighter is available with seating for up to 19 people in the upper deck, an option
currently found on no other converted freighter.
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