Boeing has opened its second day at the Paris air show by announcing an order for 30 787 Dreamliners from Korean Air. The airline has signed a deal for 20 787-10s and 10 787-9s. Ten of the 787-10s will be leased through Air Lease Corporation.
The airline is a long time customer of Boeing and operates the 737, 777, 787 and 747 (including the 747-8i – making it only one of three airline which operate the type). With this order Korean Air’s total 787 commitment will be 40 aircraft.
Korean Air will equip the 30 new aircraft with General Electric GEnx engines, which also power their current fleet of 10 787-9s.
Walter Cho, Chairman, Korean Air
“As we continue to innovate our product offering, the 787 Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come”
After a horrible start to the show, the order shows that Boeing is still standing strong, especially in wide-body sales. The order also represents a victory over rival Airbus with Korean Air choosing the Dreamliner after considering the Airbus A350.
Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
“Today’s announcement demonstrates the strength of our enduring partnership with Korean Air. The airline has been a pioneer in Asia’s commercial aviation industry over the past five decades and Boeing is honored to play an important role in their continued success,”