Korean Air A350-900 rendering

Korean Air signs firm order for 33 Airbus A350s

The carrier had announced its intention to acquire 27 A350-1000s and six A350-900s in March

About two weeks after revealing plans to acquire 33 A350s, Korean Air reached a deal with Airbus to receive 27 A350-1000s and six A350-900s, the European manufacturer revealed.

These will be the first A350s from Korean Air, which already flies A330 widebodies, which will be replaced by the new planes.

Despite this, Asiana Airlines, an airline that is in the process of being acquired by Korean, has been operating 15 A350-900s for some time, which should facilitate the merger of long-range fleets.

“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.”

“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,” said Benoit de Saint Exupéry, EVP Sales from Airbus.

Korean Air Airbus A330-300
Korean Air Airbus A330-300 (byeangel)

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Among the future routes the aircraft will operate is the Seoul-New York flight, Korean Air said, which currently has two daily flights to the US city.

In addition to the A350 order, Korean Air has orders for 50 A321neo, 10 Boeing 787-9, 20 787-10 and 30 737 MAX 8.

At the end of February, the A350 Family had won 1,240 orders from 59 customers worldwide.