Korean Air to add 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to its fleet

Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said on Wednesday it will add 30 Boeing Co Dreamliner passenger jets to its fleet, including what it said would be the country’s first use of the largest Dreamliner model, the 787-10.

South Korea’s biggest carrier in a regulatory filing said it will buy 20 Boeing 787-10s and lease 10 Boeing 787-9s.

The deal, also jointly announced at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday, gives a needed boost to the world’s largest planemaker, which has suffered a sales drought following the grounding of its 737 MAX jets in March after two deadly crashes.

“The 787 Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our mid- and long-haul fleet for many years to come,” Korean Air Chairman Walter Cho was quoted as saying in a statement.

The 787 planes will replace the carrier’s existing aircraft such as its A330s, B777s and B747s, Korean Air said.

The 787 Dreamliner is a family of ultra-efficient civil aircraft that can fly long distances, providing higher jet fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

To date, Korean Air’s fleet consists of 168 aircraft, the company is among the twenty largest airlines in the world, which flies to 44 countries.

The Paris Air Show has been organized in Le Bourget, France, for the 53rd time. The exhibition opened on June 17 and will run until June 23, 2019.

Source – https://indianexpress.com/

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