Korean Air has placed a new firm order with Airbus for
six more A330-200 aircraft. The order is the first for the new 238 tonne
increased take-off weight version of the popular twin-engine widebody,
offering an extended flying range of up to 7,200 nautical miles.
Scheduled for delivery from 2010, the new
aircraft will feature a three-class layout and will be used on
long-range services from Seoul to Europe and North America. The
new order increases the total number of A330s ordered by Korean
Air to 25, comprising 16 A330-300s and nine A330-200s.
"Our latest order for the A330 is part of our
ongoing expansion plan and will enable us to open up new long haul
routes," said Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air. "The
latest version of the aircraft is an even more attractive option
for linking Incheon efficiently and economically with Europe and
destinations across the Pacific."
The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely
used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won
more than 1,000 orders for the various versions of the aircraft.
More than 550 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft
is currently flying with over 70 airlines worldwide.
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