Korean Air finalises Airbus A350 order

Korean Air Airbus A350
Korean Air Airbus A350

Korean Air, the national airline of South Korea, has finalised a deal that sees it become the latest operator of the long-haul Airbus A350XWB airliner.

The order for 33 aircraft comprises of 27 A350-1000s and six of the smaller A350-900s which offers the longest range of any airliner currently available.

By utilising the A350 on Korean Air’s intercontinental network the airline could see a 25% saving compared to its current fleet with the additional range offering the possibiliy of new long-haul destinations.

“The A350’s exceptional range, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it a great fit for our global network,” said Jason Yoo, Chief Safety and Operating Officer and EVP at Korean Air. “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.”

Both the Wings and engines for to the Airbus A350 are produced in the UK with the wings being manafactured in Broughton, North Wales and the engines in Derby, England.

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.”

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