Korean Air Gets Its First Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

By Jesse Sokolow on 26 August 2015
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DSC_0242Korean Air announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.  The plane is the first of ten 747-8 passenger aircraft that the airline has on order.

The new 747-8 Intercontinental uses much of the same technology that is found in the 787 Dreamliner, as well as all-new wing and engine designs.  The plane has a range of 7,730 nautical miles (14,310 kilometers), and offers 16% savings in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400.

Korean’s 747-8 Intercontinental is configured with 368 seats.  The plane has the airline’s new First Class Kosmo Suite 2.0, which features a sliding door and higher partitions, as well as 24” monitors, while business class features staggered seating and 18” monitors.

Korean Air is the first and currently the only airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8.  The carrier ordered its first 747-8 Freighter in December 2009.

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