Korean Air is to introduce 20 Boeing 787-10s and
add 10 more Boeing 787-9s to its fleet.
The South Korean airline signed a MOU on Monday
to purchase the 30 Boeing wide-body aircraft at the Le Bourget
Airport, where the 2019 Paris Air Show is currently being held.
The decision reflects Korean Air’s continuous
effort to modernize the fleet, and the new 787 airplanes will
replace existing airplanes such as its A330s,
777s, and 747s.
The 68-meter long 787-10 is 5
meters longer than the 787-9 giving it around 15% more space for passengers
and cargo. The airplane can accommodate up to 330 passengers, 40
more than the 787-9.
As the 787-10 covers a
maximum distance of 11,910km, which is around 2,200km shorter than
787-9, Korean Air plans to optimize its fleet operations by
employing 787-10 for mid-haul and 787-9 for long-haul routes.
The Boeing 787-10 is one of the newest aircraft in the
aviation industry and only a few carriers currently have it in
operation, namely: Singapore Airlines, Etihad, United Airlines and All
Korean Air will introduce the first 787-10
Currently, on each Boeing 787-9 plane,
Korean Air offers a total of 269 seats, including six First Class,
18 Prestige, and 245 Economy.
“As we continue to innovate our products, the 787
Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our mid- and
long-haul fleet for many years to come,” said Walter Cho, Korean
Korean Air also supplies core parts on Boeing’s
787 program, such as the raked wing-tips — a critical part of the
wing to reduce air resistance — and also the aft fuselage section
of the airplane.