Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The airline is scheduled to launch domestic flights to Jeju from Seoul (Gimpo) for a month as part of the required certification period, before launching long-haul international routes to Los Angeles, Madrid, and Zurich later this year.
Seoul-based, Korean Air will be the first Korean carrier to operate the 787-9 Dreamliner.
Walter Cho, president of Korean Air:
“The 787 Dreamliner will be a key member of Korean Air’s fleet as we continue to introduce next-generation airplanes to our customers. The aircraft is fuel efficient, quiet, has lower operating costs and is spacious and very elegant. The cabin features are impressive and will ensure maximum comfort for Korean Air’s passengers.”
Korean Air is scheduled to introduce five 787-9 Dreamliners to its fleet this year with another five joining the fleet by 2019.
Rick Anderson, vice president of Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing:
“This milestone delivery adds yet another chapter in our long and successful relationship with Korean Air. Korean Air continues to demonstrate its leadership in the global commercial airline industry and we are confident that the market-leading efficiency and comfort of the 787-9 Dreamliner will build onto their long-term success for many years to come.”
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