Seoul, Korea (12 May, 2016) – Korean Air commences supplying Advanced Technology Winglets for Boeing 737 MAX, one of the Boeing 737 Next Generation series, advancing the development of the wing core parts for the aircraft.
Korean Air hosted a commemorative event at its Tech Center in Busan on May 11 to celebrate delivering the first B737 MAX winglet. Mr. Ham Myeong-rae, Senior Vice President of Korean Air Aerospace Division, participated in the event, together with representatives from Korean Air and Boeing.
B737 MAX is characterized by its high fuel efficiency and long range of about 6,500 km. The aircraft has already recorded over 3,000 orders from 64 clients around the world.
The winglet, featuring a split tip, will be installed on B737 MAX’s three-meter long wings which can play a role to increase the wing length, reduce resistance, and improve fuel efficiency by 1.5%.
The production of B737 MAX Advanced Technology Winglets requires various cutting-edge technologies, such as fabrication technique for Co-cured Blades, ultraprecision machining system and non-destructive inspection.
Korean Air has set up a task force comprising of specialists to take charge of the project and perform various tests, ensuring the maturity of technologies and identifying solutions to different problems. After years of development, Korean Air finally constructed a mass production system for the winglets.
Following the first B737 MAX winglet delivery, Korean Air will be supplying 2,400 units of B737 MAX winglets for several years.
Korean Air has played a major role in components manufacturing for both Boeing and Airbus, the world’s most famous aircraft manufacturers. The airline has participated in development of B787’s major components, including the composite rear fuselage of the aircraft and the raked wing tips. Furthermore, Korean Air has demonstrated its outstanding manufacturing ability of complex composite aerostructures by producing cargo doors for A350 and Sharklets for A320.
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About Korean Air
Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 24 million passengers in 2015. Korean Air operates in excess of 462 flights per day to 130 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 165 aircraft 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 programs, routes, frequencies and partners is available at www.koreanair.com