Korean Air Orders Airbus A350s

Korean Air has announced it plans to purchase 33 Airbus A350 jets, including the -1000, to enable future growth and aircraft retirement.

Korean Air has announced its intent to significantly grow its widebody long-haul offering by introducing 33 state-of-the-art A350 jets across the family.

The airline has committed to 27 A350-1000s and 6 A350-900s as part of an investment valued at USD 13.7 billion, measured by the list price value.

List price value indicates the prices at their listing value for the general public and media. However, airline customers rarely pay list prices with substantial discounts attached to purchase commitments, and these discounts are never publicly disclosed.

Korean Air is on course to continue gradually retiring aircraft types showing signs of age, and the purchase of 33 new Airbus widebodies will allow this process to continue.

Once delivered and operating, Korean Air believes the A350s can fly to locations such as New York from Seoul, among many others. However, it’ll generally offer them greater flexibility across its long-haul market.

Additionally, with now more aircraft at its disposal, the view of further cities being available will also be considered.

A New Era For Korean Air

The Airbus A350 is deemed a fantastic aircraft, especially for its operations. However, the aircraft will generally be necessary for the next era of Korean Air, which sees the integration of Asiana Airlines, who bring A350 aircraft.

Korean Air sees a tie-up with Asiana Airlines as the next step to ensure long-term stability, competitiveness, and more within the market. In recent years, the pair has gotten the necessary regulatory approval from many regulators. However, they still await the formal ‘yes’ from the United States.

While much needs to be sorted once the tie-up is confirmed, the A350-1000’s ability to carry up to 410 passengers in a three-class configuration not only means it’s the largest aircraft in the series but also brings many opportunities with it for the company.

The arrival of the A350 with Korean Air will be highly anticipated. However, other aircraft types from Airbus and Boeing will be delivered over the next decade and will equally support the company’s new era.

Daniel Fowkes
21 Mar 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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