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Korean Air completes long-haul upgrade


Published on Apr 21, 2011

Korean Air has completed a six-year project to install premium seats and the latest in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems on all its passenger aircraft. The final refurbished aircraft, an Airbus A330-300, was put into service on the Seoul-Hong Kong route on 17 April.

For the past six years, from 2005 to 2011, Korean Air has refurbished 49 Boeing 777s, 747s and Airbus A330s. As a result, the entire fleet is now installed with new seats fitted with the latest IFE system in all classes.

Korean Air currently operates a total of 68 aircraft for mid- and long-haul passenger flights. Of the 68, 49 were refurbished and 19 were newly-introduced into the fleet with the new facilities already installed. Of the 49 existing aircraft, 14,441 seats were upgraded at an investment of KRW360 billion (US$330 million).

The first phase, which took place from 2005 to 2008 saw the revamp of all classes on its 17 B747-400s. The second phase was then carried out from 2009 to 2011 and included a total of 32 B777 and A330 aircraft. Nine B777-200ERs, six B777-300ERs and four A330-200s were also added to the fleet.

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