Korean Air has become a new Airbus A350 customer following the signature of a firm order for 33 aircraft: 27 A350-1000s and six A350-900s.

Offering the longest range of any aircraft, with passenger versions able to fly up to 9,700nm/18,000km non-stop, the Rolls-Royce-powered A350 will be able to operate any of the airline’s current intercontinental routes with a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to previous generation aircraft. The additional range of the A350 will also enable the carrier to evaluate new long haul destinations.

“The A350’s exceptional range, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it a great fit for our global network,” said Jason Yoo, Chief Safety and Operating Officer and EVP at Korean Air. “We are confident that the introduction of the A350 to our fleet will drive operational efficiencies and elevate the overall travel experience for our passengers.”

Benoit de Saint Exupéry, EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft, Airbus said: “This order from Korean Air is another major endorsement for the A350 as the world’s long range leader. We thank Korean Air for its ongoing confidence in Airbus and its products, and look forward to seeing the A350 flying in the carrier’s iconic livery.”

As of the end of February, the A350 Family had won 1,240 orders from 59 customers worldwide.
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