Korean Air has finalised an agreement with
Boeing for 20 787 Dreamliner airplanes – including 10 787-10s and
787-9s, valued at US$6.3 billion according to list prices.
Along with an agreement to lease 10 additional
787-10 jets from Air Lease Corporation, the deals will quadruple
Korean Air's Dreamliner fleet.
Korean Air, one of the largest transpacific
carriers in Asia with 16 non-stop routes to North America, is
adding the 787-10 to its long-haul fleet to complement its
existing 787-9 and 777 airplanes.
The 787-10 is the largest
member of the Dreamliner family. At 224 feet long
(68 meters), the 787-10 can serve up to 330 passengers in a
standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than the 787-9.
“As we continue to innovate our
product offering, the 787 Dreamliner family will become the
backbone of our mid-and long-haul fleet for many years to come,”
Walter Cho, Chairman of Korean Air. “In addition to 25
percent improved fuel efficiency, the stretched 787-10 offers
around 15 percent more space for passengers and cargo than our
787-9s, which will be critical to our long-term business goals.”
Korean Air announced its commitment to order the 20 Dreamliner
jets and lease 10 more at the Paris Air Show in June. The airline
plans to deploy the 787-10 on medium-range routes, while
continuing to leverage the longer-range capabilities of the 787-9
Dreamliner on long-haul flights.
Korean Air’s Aerospace Division is a key Boeing partner
on the 747-8 and 787 programs, supplying the distinctive raked
wing-tips for each model. The division is also a supplier of the
Advanced Technology (AT) Winglet on the 737 MAX.