A Boost To The Narrowbody Fleet
20 additional Airbus A321neos will join the airline fleet in the coming years as it looks to continue with fleet modernisation plans.
Korean Air welcomed its first Airbus A321neo less than a year ago following an existing commitment. The latest 20 additional orders add to the current backlog.
It also brings the total company A321neo orders to 50 units, a sizeable amount indicating the importance placed on the type looking into the future.
The Korean Air Airbus A321neo
Korean Air’s Airbus A321neos are configured in a two-class layout with 182 seats.
The 182 total seats comprise eight in the Prestige class, which offers customers a lie-flat seat. Meanwhile, there are 174 seats in the Economy class.
Currently, the Airbus A321neos are being operated on short to medium-haul routes across China, Japan and Southeast Asia destinations.
It’s believed that this is where the Airbus A321neo can excel, and significant markets remain untapped where these additional units can be activated.
Comments From Korean Air
The A321neo is aligned with Korean Air’s commitment to reducing carbon footprint while providing exceptional services. Its contemporary design, advanced technology, and spacious interior redefine the travel experience.Jong Seok (Jason) Yoo, Executive Vice President and Chief Safety & Operating Officer, Korean Air.
The Korean Air Fleet
Korean Air operates a fleet of 130+ Airbus and Boeing aircraft across its passenger and freight business.
The company has placed a significant focus on transitioning towards next-generation types.
Its most significant fleet type, when measured by active units, is the Boeing 777 series. While operating passenger variants, Korean Air also flies the 777 Freighters.
Korean Air says it’s committed heavily to fleet modernisation. It believes this is essential for operational safety, sustainability and an enhanced passenger experience.
110 new aircraft will be delivered to the airline in the coming years. Aircraft families such as the Boeing 787, 737 MAX and Airbus A321 are all arriving.
As part of the efforts to acquire new aircraft, the airline will retire its Airbus A330-300s and Boeing 777-200ERs after a long-standing career carrying passengers.