Industry Korean Air orders 33 Airbus A350

  • Maurits Eisenblätter

Korean Air has become the latest customer for the A350 Family after confirming the purchase of 33 aircraft of the type.

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Korean Air seeks to modernise its operations on high-density routes withing its network. Together with European manufacturer Airbus, the carrier has now signed a firm purchase agreement for a total of 33 new A350 aircraft. The order covers six A350-900s and 27 A350-1000s.

With these aircraft, Korean Air will be able to serve its current intercontinental routes with a 25 percent reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions when compared to the aircraft that are currently serving these routes. Having ordered both types of the A350 aircraft family, Korean Air will also have the option to explore new markets.

Jason Yoo, Chief Safety and Operating Officer and EVP at Korean Air, confirmed: “The A350’s exceptional range, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it a great fit for our global network […] We are confident that the introduction of the A350 to our fleet will drive operational efficiencies and elevate the overall travel experience for our passengers.”

Benoit de Saint Exupéry, EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft, Airbus added: “This order from  Korean Air is another major endorsement for the A350 as the world’s long range leader. The airline will benefit from new levels of efficiency across its operations, with significantly reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The A350 will also be the perfect platform for the carrier to take its in-flight product and world class service to new heights. We thank Korean Air for its ongoing confidence in Airbus and its products, and look forward to seeing the A350 flying in the carrier’s iconic livery.”

Korean Air currently operates long-haul routes with a mixture of widebody aircraft. The A330s are being used occasionally, as well as four A380s, 33 Boeing 777s and 14 787 Dreamliner. The airline has its main operational hub at Soul Incheon Airport and is currently trying to merge with also Seoul-based carrier Asiana Airlines.

Source © airbus.com

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