Boeing and Korean Air
Boeing and Korean Air celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 747-8 Intercontinental. The new fuel-efficient 747-8 is the first of 10 747-8 Intercontinentals Korean Air has on order.
"We look forward to leveraging the next-generation characteristics of the 747-8, including its efficiency and brand new interior, to provide an unmatched flying experience to our customers," said Walter Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Korean Air. "Korean Air is committed to adding environmentally friendly, next-generation airplanes into our world-class fleet. In addition, these new airplanes will enable us to provide the highest levels of comfort to our valued passengers."
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.
"Korean Air has been a valued Boeing customer for more than 40 years and we are honored to celebrate yet another milestone delivery together with their first 747-8 Intercontinental," said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "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 747-8I. I am confident that the 747-8 will continue to play an important role in Korean Air's long-term success."
Korea's flag carrier currently operates a fleet of 88 Boeing passenger airplanes that includes 737, 747 and 777 airplanes. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.