Korean Air has increased its
order of Airbus A380 Superjumbo aircraft by 2, increasing its total order to ten.
Korean Air’s original 8 A380 aircraft will begin to ship in 2010, with this
additional order expected to arrive in May/June 2014
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Korean Air today announced its
decision to purchase two more A380 aircraft. This ups the airline’s A380
order to ten aircraft.
Korean Air will receive the two
additional A380s in May and June of 2014 respectively. The first eight
are due to be delivered between 2010 and 2013. Korean Air first ordered
five A380s in 2003, and added three more in 2008.
“Our decision to purchase the A380 aircraft is in line with our
vision to become a global leading carrier providing the best quality of service
to our passengers,” said Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air.
“The A380 is a comfortable,
environment-friendly aircraft for the 21st century and it will enable Korean
Air to provide Excellence in Flight to our customers.”
The A380 is the largest
commercial passenger aircraft in the world, a double-decker with 525-seat
capacity in standard configuration. It reduced its weight by using
composite materials and enhanced engine efficiency, lowering fuel consumption
by 15% and CO2 emission by 20%.
Starting 2010, Korean Air will
introduce the A380 aircraft on its highly trafficked longhaul routes such as
LA, New York and Paris, and the aircraft will play a leading role within Korean
Air’s fleet for excellent service and operation.
Korean Air is one of the two
Northeast Asian carriers to have ordered the A380 aircraft, and it is the only
airline in the region to order more than ten.