SEOUL, South Korea (June 17, 2015) – Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship carrier, signed MOUs totalling more than $12 billion(current list prices) with Airbus and Boeing for the purchase of more than 100 new aircraft today at the Paris Air show.
According to the MOUs, Korean Air will purchase a total of 50 737 MAX-8 (30 firm, 20 options) and two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners from Boeing. Korean Air also will add to its fleet 50 A321neo aircraft. (30 firm, 20 options).
The MOUs, valued at approximately $12.2 billion(current list prices) and comprised of 102 aircraft, is by far the largest fleet order made in Korean Air’s and Korean aviation history.
The airline also signed a MOU with Pratt & Whitney to select PurePower PW1100G engines to power the A321neo aircraft.
Present at the ceremony were Yang Ho Cho, Chairman of Hanjin Group, Walter Cho, President and CEO of Hanjin KAL Holdings, Fabrice Brégier, CEO of Airbus, Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, among others.
The aircraft will be delivered gradually starting in 2019 until 2025. Korean Air plans to replace its old B737 fleet and to increase its capacity to address growing demand.
The B737 MAX-8 aircraft that Korean Air will be introducing incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets and other improvements to deliver high efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The new aircraft will deliver 20% lower fuel use than the first Next-Gen B737s.
The A321neo aircraft will also bring a step-change reduction in fuel consumption of over 15%, longer range capability and reduced maintenance costs, as well as significantly reduced carbon emissions.
The biggest-ever order in Korean Air’s history will be a stepping stone for the airline’s evolution, and enhance flight safety by replacing older mid-long haul aircraft with newer and more fuel-efficient ones.
Korean Air will also introduce new cutting-edge aircraft such as B747-8i and B787-9 over the next few years and put in its utmost effort to play a role as a leading global carrier.
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 129 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 159 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 http://www.koreanair.com .