Korean Air has successfully completed its six-year, extensive refurbishment plan to install next-generation premium seats and the latest Audio Video On Demand (AVOD) system on all its passenger aircraft.
The final refurbished aircraft, an A330-300, operated the Seoul/Incheon-Hong Kong route on April 17th 2011.
For six years, from 2005 to 2011, Korean Air refurbished 49 passenger aircraft made up of Boeing 777s, B747s and A330s, and already part of the existing Korean Air fleet.
As a result, the entire fleet is now installed with next-generation premium seats fitted with the latest AVOD system for all classes, as well as upgraded galley facilities.
Through this plan, Korean Air, currently operates a total of 68 aircraft with high-end facilities for all mid and long-haul passenger flights.
Of the 68, while 49 were refurbished, 19 were newly introduced into the fleet with high-end facilities already installed.
Korean Air was last year recognised by the World Travel Awards as offering Asia’s Leading Airline First Class.
Korean Air first completed the first phase of its extensive refurbishment plan by installing next-generation premium seats and the latest AVOD system in all classes of its 17 Boeing 747-400 planes.
The second phase was then carried out from 2009 to 2011 and included a total of 32 B777 and A330 aircraft.
The special thing about the second phase of the plan is that more upgraded seats were installed compared to the first phase.
This was made possible because the second phase involved 85 international engineers from around the world, working intensively together from March 2007 to September 2009 to study over 12,000 pages of interior design prints and reports in order to successfully upgrade each respective cabin.
The total cost for the refurbishment project was 360 billion won.
In addition, with 40,000 staff tasked for the project, 49 aircraft were refurbished and 14,441 seats were replaced, enabling Korean Air to offer passengers of all classes top-class entertainment and improved seating conditions for their travel enjoyment.