Coverage by Chris Sloan
PARIS – Boeing starts the second day at the Paris Airshow 2019 with a commitment from Korean Air to add 30 additional Dreamliners to the fleet, including 787-10s
The order includes 20 Boeing 787-10s and 10 787-9s. Ten of the 787-10s will be leased to Air Lease Cooperation (ALC). This commitment brings the total number of 787s of Korean Air to 40, thus becoming one of the top operators of the type in the world.
Korean Air is a long-standing Boeing customer, and currently has mix of 737s, 747s, 777s and 787s in service. The carrier plans to use the Dreamliners to both strenghten its long-haul network while replacing part of its current fleet.
Korean Air’s long-haul fleet includes Boeing 747-8s, Boeing 777-300ERs, and Boeing 787-9s, as well as Airbus A330s and A380s.
“As we continue to innovate our product offering, the 787 Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come,” Walter Cho, Chairman of Korean Air said in a statement.
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company said, “Korean Air is a leading global airline and has become one of Asia’s largest transpacific carriers. We are honoured that Korean Air has decided to quadruple its 787 Dreamliner fleet and we will work closely with them to finalize this landmark deal.”
Mounir added, “Korean Air continues to build its incredible widebody aeroplane fleet to enable its philosophy of providing ‘Excellence in Flight’ for its passengers.”
After an appalling Day One at the Paris Air Show, the order shows that Boeing is still in the game, and scores a victory over Airbus, as Korean Air considered the Airbus A350 as well for this Request for Purchase. This commitment also shows that the demand for the Dreamliner stills strong.