The Korean Air Board of Directors has announced that they have amended the airline’s order for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which had been due to be introduced in 2012. The order has been changed to the more fuel efficient B787-900 and Korean Air will now take delivery of ten of these next-generation aircraft from 2016.
The B787 is made of carbon composite material allowing passengers to enjoy a quieter, more comfortable and environmentally friendly flight.
In 2010 Korean Air began introducing the A330-200 (Enhanced variant) to its fleet and six have been delivered. The A330-200 Enhanced can be compared to the B787 and will therefore minimize any affects the airline may encounter due to the delivery delays of the B787.
On another note, Korean Air will purchase two Boeing 747-8F freighters rather than lease them. The maximum range of the B747-8F is 8130km and it can carry an additional 19% (134 tons) compared with the existing B747-400Fs. Korean Air will be introducing seven B747-8Fs to its cargo fleet from 2011 through to 2015.