Korean Air converts 10 787-8s to -9s

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Korean Air (KAL) has converted its entire order of 10 Boeing 787-8s to larger -9s, and will now begin taking delivery of them from 2016 instead of this year.

"We've changed our plans to the -9, which will be able to fly more passengers," says a KAL spokesman.

KAL was initially scheduled to receive its first 787 this year, even though airline executives had indicated previously that deliveries were likely to slip, following delays in the 787 programme.

The new 2016 delivery date is not likely to impact the carrier's plans, says KAL's spokesman. "We have other aircraft on order that will join the fleet as well, such as Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s."

KAL is the latest airline to convert 787-8s to -9s, joining others like All Nippon Airways, Air China and Vietnam Airlines.