Korean Air has taken delivery of its first
Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, the first of 10 Boeing 747-8
passenger airplanes the carrier has on order.
"This new aircraft delivers better fuel
economy," said Walter Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief
Marketing Officer, Korean Air. "That is important to a global
airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and
operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft."
With this delivery, Korean Air becomes the first
airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter
versions of the 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven 747-8
Korean Air currently operates a fleet
of 87 Boeing passenger airplanes that includes 737, 747 and 777s.
The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400,
747-8 and 777 Freighters.
With a range of 7,730 nautical miles (14,310
km), the 747-8 Intercontinental offers 16% savings in fuel
consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while
generating 30% less noise.
The airplane also features an
all-new, 787 Dreamliner-inspired interior that includes a new
curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling
of space and comfort.
Korean Air's jet is configured with 368 seats
and features the brand new First Class Kosmo Suite 2.0, which
include a sliding door and higher partitions to provide added
privacy for passengers. The suites are also equipped with updated
inflight entertainment systems, with large 24-inch
high-definition monitors and new handheld touch remotes.
The airline's Business Class Prestige Suites
feature staggered seating and privacy panels, along with
18-inch high definition touch screens.
Korean Air's Aerospace Division is a key Boeing
partner on both the 747-8 and 787 programs, supplying the
distinctive raked wing-tips for each model. They are also one of
two suppliers producing the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology (AT)
Korean Air operates more than 430 flights per
day to 128 cities in 45 countries.
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