Korean Air has placed an order with Boeing for
five 747-8 Intercontinental jetliners. Korean Air is the first
Asian airline to order the passenger version of the new,
fuel-efficient 747-8. The airplanes have a total average list
price value of $1.5 billion. Korean Air already has arrangements
to operate seven Boeing 747-8 Freighters.
"This is a great day in the history of our long
and enduring partnership with Korean Air," said Jim Albaugh,
president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The
technologically advanced 747-8 Intercontinental is particularly
well suited for Korean Air's operations. It will provide
exceptional levels of passenger comfort, greatly enhanced fuel
efficiency and reduced emissions and noise. The announcement comes
at an exciting time as we move closer to the first 747-8 Freighter
flight in early 2010."
Korean Air plans on flying the 747-8
Intercontinental on long-haul routes to the Americas and Europe.
"The 747-8 Intercontinental fills the void between the 300
and 550-seat airplanes in our future fleet," said Won Tae Cho,
managing vice president of Korean Air Passenger Business Division.
"The technological enhancements Boeing has made to this airplane
will deliver exceptional economics and a flying experience that
will thrill our customers, enabling Korean Air to provide
Excellence in Flight to our customers."
The new 747-8
Intercontinental is stretched 18.3 feet (5.6 m) from the 747-400
to provide 467 seats in a three-class configuration, an additional
51 seats. It also offers a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,815
km). The aircraft uses the new GEnx-2B engines. The 747-8 also provides
nearly equivalent trip costs and 13% lower seat-mile costs
than the 747-400, plus 26% greater cargo volume.
747-8 also features a new wing design and an upgraded flight deck.
The airplane interior incorporates features from the
including a new curved, upswept architecture that will give
passengers a greater sense of space and comfort, while adding more
room for personal belongings.
The 747 program is
in the later stages of the 747-8 Intercontinental design phase.
Assembly on the airplane is set to begin around mid-2010, with the
first delivery of the passenger version scheduled for the fourth
quarter of 2011.
With the addition of the Korean Air order,
Boeing has secured 110 orders for the 747-8. Thirty-two of the
orders are for the 747-8 Intercontinental, and the remaining 78
are for the 747-8 Freighter.
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