Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon) has 10 passenger Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental Jumbos on order with the first copy due this year. The carrier already operates five freighter versions.
The carrier is now planning to introduce the passenger version on August 2, three days a week, on the Seoul (Incheon) – London (Heathrow) route. The new type will be operated on a daily basis starting on September 1 per Airline Route.
The newer Boeing 747-800s will replace the older remaining Boeing 747-400s.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Korean Air is already an operator of the freighter version. Boeing 747-8HTF HL7609 (msn 37132) prepares to touch down in Anchorage, Alaska.
Boeing (Chicago) and and Korean Air (Seoul) today announced that the airline has agreed to purchase five 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes and six 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners, valued at approximately $3.6 billion at current list prices. Boeing will work with Korean Air to finalize the order, at which time the order will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.
Korean Air is the only airline in the world to order both the passenger and freighter variations of the 747-8. When today’s order is finalized, Korea’s flag carrier will have 10 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes on order. The airline has taken delivery of three of its seven 747-8 Freighters on order.
Korean Air currently operates a fleet of 90 Boeing passenger airplanes that consist of 737, 747 and 777 airplanes. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 27 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters. In February 2012, Korean Air became the first airline in the world to operate both the 747-8 and 777 Freighters.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Korean Air is already an operator of the Boeing 747-800F freighter. Korean Air Cargo Boeing 747-8HTF HL7609 (msn 37132) climbs briskly in the Southern California sky after departing from Los Angeles International Airport.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3B5 ER HL7782 (msn 37643) lands at Paine Field near Everett.