SOUTH KOREA: Korean Air ups B747-8F order by two

Korean Air Cargo has ordered two additional B747-8 freighters, worth US$639 million, bringing the number of B747-8Fs on order for the carrier to seven. Korean currently operates 27 Boeing freighters and also has orders for five B777 freighters. The B747-8 freighter offers a range of 8,130 km and a maximum structural payload capacity of 140 […]


Korean Air Cargo has ordered two additional B747-8 freighters, worth US$639 million, bringing the number of B747-8Fs on order for the carrier to seven. Korean currently operates 27 Boeing freighters and also has orders for five B777 freighters. The B747-8 freighter offers a range of 8,130 km and a maximum structural payload capacity of 140 tonnes, according to Boeing, which amounts to an additional 120 cubic metres and 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400F. “The 747-8 freighter will provide tremendous economics and reliability to Korean Air’s global operations,” said Marlin Dailey, VP, Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Korean Air has also revised its order for Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft and said that it would start receiving the new planes from 2016, reported Dow Jones Newswires. Korean Air revised the contract so that it would receive 10 B787-9s as opposed to 10 B787-8s as originally agreed upon in 2005. The airline was supposed to start receiving the Dreamliners this year. The B787-9s are slightly larger than the B787-8 models, which means it can seat more passengers and carry more cargo. The contract revision reflects Boeing’s struggles with the Dreamliner programme, which is now running more than three years late. Boeing has orders for 843 Dreamliner aircraft from 56 customers, and they aim to deliver the first Dreamliner in the third quarter to All Nippon Airways.