Korean Air has taken delivery of it’s first Boeing 787-9 at a ceremony at Boeing’s North Charleston plant.
The aircraft (MSN 34810) was handed over to Korean Air ahead of its introduction on new long-haul routes for the airline. The 787-9 will be flown on domestic routes to Jeju from Seoul (Gimpo) as part of a certification period, before being introduced on long-haul routes to Toronto, Madrid and Zurich later in 2017.
“The 787 Dreamliner will be a key member of Korean Air’s fleet as we continue to introduce next-generation airplanes to our customers,” said Walter Cho, president of Korean Air. “The aircraft is fuel efficient, quiet, has lower operating costs and is spacious and very elegant. The cabin features are impressive and will ensure maximum comfort for Korean Air’s passengers.”
Korean Air has a total of 10 Boeing 787-9s on order according to Boeing’s order book, with deliveries set to continue in 2017 through 2018.