Korean Air is now the first airline in the world to operate both the freighter and passenger variants of the Boeing 747-8.
The delivery, which is the first of an order of 10, will join Korean Air’s all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.
The new fuel-efficient 747-8 Intercontinental has 368 seats and includes the new First Class Kosmo Suite 2.0, which features a sliding door and higher partitions for premium passengers. The Business Class Prestige Suites will feature 18-inch touch screens and staggered seating with privacy panels.
In Boeing’s recent online news release Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Korean Air, Walter Cho said:
"This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy. That is important to a global airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft."
Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes also commented:
"Korean Air has been a valued Boeing customer for more than 40 years and we are honored to celebrate yet another milestone delivery together with their first 747-8 Intercontinental."
The Boeing 747-8 is the third generation of the 747, with lengthened improved efficiency, fuselage and redesigned wings.
Boeing is one of the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft
Korean Air operates more than 430 flights per day to 128 cities in 45 countries.