Korean Air takes delivery of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has delivered Korean Air´s first 787-9 Dreamliner, the company said.

The Seoul-based carrier will be the first Korean carrier to operate the 787-9 Dreamliner in the country. The airline is scheduled to launch domestic flights to Jeju from Seoul (Gimpo) for a month as part of the required certification period, before launching long-haul international routes to Toronto, Madrid, and Zurich later this year.

Korean Air is scheduled to introduce five 787-9 Dreamliners to its fleet this year with another five joining the fleet by 2019.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the super-efficient 787 family. Both the 787-8 and 787-9 boast 20% less fuel use and 20% fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace. The 787-9 is 20 feet (6 meters) longer than the 787-8.

Korean Air, with a fleet of 175 aircraft, operates more than 460 flights per day to 132 cities in 46 countries. It is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance, which together with its 20 members, offers its 665 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 17,343 daily flights covering 1,062 destinations in 177 countries.

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