Seoul, Korea (26 May, 2015) – Korean Air has been selected by the US Navy to be the sole provider of depot-level maintenance services for its CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters.
Recognized by the US government for its superior MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) capabilities, product quality and timely delivery, Korean Air was chosen over the current contractor during a recent bid held by the US Navy Supply Command.
As part of the KRW 50 billion deal with the US Navy, Korean Air will provide depot-level maintenance services for 40 CH-53 helicopters based in Japan from June 2015 until 2020. Korean Air previously conducted depot-level maintenance services for CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters from 1989 to 2010.
Depot-level aircraft maintenance entails a series of processes that require advanced technology. When an aircraft is placed in a depot, various systems are tested. The systems are taken apart and examined using techniques such as non-destructive tests. Any defects found will be repaired immediately and overhauled for improving performance.
The CH-53 helicopter, built by Sikorsky Aircraft and also known as “Stallion”, is usually used for long distance transportation of troops and heavy military equipment, mine detection and clearance.
Meanwhile, Korean Air utilizes its own technology and experience in manufacturing helicopters and unmanned air vehicles, producing F-5 E/F, UH60 and 500MD since 1976. The airline also plans to expand its business to include the manufacturing of aircraft and pave the way to become one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers.
About Korean Air
Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 23 million passengers in 2014. Korean Air operates in excess of 430 flights per day to 127 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 158 aircrafts including ten A380s.
With its modern aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees, Korean Air offers customers safety, convenience and comfort. Korean Air’s award-winning offerings of Korean and Western meals and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.
The airline is a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance which together with its 20 members, offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,320 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.
Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to ‘Prestige’ business class. The design also features the world’s first onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and three bar lounges.
More on Korean Air’s programmes, routes, frequencies and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.