Korean Air Considers Boeing 777X or Airbus A350 Series For Huge Order

Korean Air is considering the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 family aircraft for what could be a huge giant order, as well as the tendency to expand its 787 fleet.

Speaking to reporters at the meeting of presidents of the Asia Pacific Airlines Association (AAPA) in Jeju, the general manager of SkyTeam's airline, Walter Cho, said that the airline's market had expanded, especially on highways. transpacific.

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Korean Air Considers Boeing 777X or Airbus A350 Series For Huge Order, pic: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

We need big bodies," he says. "We have nothing that I can share at the moment, but we are doing it ... The 777X is approaching and will replace the current 777, we are also open to the A350."

He adds that the use of large-bodied Koreans is unusual, as it uses large types on both international and regional routes, including the 50-minute flight between Seoul Gimpo and Jeju. Despite its ambiguity over the replacement of the 777, Cho wants to continue adding to the Korean fleet of eight 787-9 and firm orders for two more. We are seeing all the options at this time," he says. "We do not have a plan yet, but since we already have a fleet of 787, it is likely that we will expand our fleet to 787."

Cho refused to give a precise timetable for the Korean decision on future general bodies, or to specify numbers. He recognizes, however, that the carrier operates too many types.In September 2018, the Korean airline had approximately 103 wide-body aircraft. The average age of the fleet is 9.7 years. The oldest aircraft are its last four 747-400, with an average age of 21.5 years.

Cho says that the 747-400 are little used and expensive to use, and will soon be eliminated.The average age of the 14,777-200 inhabitants of the airline is 15.5 years and that of the 21 A330-300 is 14.4 years.