Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cargo Fleet of 747 Freighters Influences Latest Boeing Order

Korean Air Comfortable with Intercontinental Aircraft
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH KOREA – US – Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airlines with a fleet of 161 aircraft, the cargo element of which is entirely made up of Boeing aeroplanes. A mixed bag of 28 Boeing 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters has obviously influenced the latest decision by the company to invest in an order for ten 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplanes, the first of which was delivered this week.

With this delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven 747-8 Freighters and Walter Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Korean Air explained how the use of the cargo carriers had influenced the company’s decision, saying:

"This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy. That is important to a global airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft."

With a range of 7,730 nautical miles (14,310 km), the 747-8 Intercontinental offers 16% savings in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30% less noise. Korean Air's Aerospace Division is a key Boeing partner on both the 747-8 and 787 programs, supplying the distinctive raked wing-tips for each model. They are also one of two suppliers producing the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology (AT) Winglet. Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes commented:

"Korean Air has been a valued Boeing customer for more than 40 years and we are honoured to celebrate yet another milestone delivery together with their first 747-8 Intercontinental. As one of the few airlines that have operated almost all models of the 747 family, we are excited that Korean Air is extending the tradition with our newest 747-8 Intercontinental.”