Mon, Mar 21, 2011
First Airline To Order Both Passenger And Freight Versions Of
The Larger 747
A pair of new B747-8 Freighters valued at $639 million at Boeing
list prices have been ordered by Korean Air. Boeing and the airline
announced the order jointly Friday.
"Korean Air continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the
world's leading global cargo carriers," said Marlin Dailey, vice
president of Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Boeing is very fortunate to have Korean Air not only as a customer
of the 747-8 Freighter, but also the 747-8 Intercontinental and
also as a key partner on the 747-8 program."
"The 747-8 Freighter will provide tremendous economics and
reliability to Korean Air's global operations," Dailey said.
In December 2009, Korean Air became the first airline to order
both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. With this
order, Korean Air has five 747-8 Intercontinentals and seven 747-8
Freighters on order. The 747-8 Freighter offers a range of 4,390
nautical miles (8,130 km) and a maximum structural payload capacity
of 154 tons (140 tonnes). It also offers an additional 4,221 cubic
feet (120 m3) and 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the
The airline currently operates a total 27 Boeing freighter
airplanes and will become one of two airlines to operate both the
747-8 Freighter and the 777 Freighter.
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