Korean completes refurbishing fleet

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Korean Air has completed its refurbishment plan to install new first-, business- and economy-class seats and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems on its passenger aircraft.

The final refurbished aircraft, an A330-300, operated the Seoul Incheon-Hong Kong route on 17 April.

"For six years, from 2005 to 2011, Korean Air refurbished 49 passenger aircraft made up of B777s, B747s and A330s, and already part of the existing Korean Air fleet. As a result, the entire fleet is now installed with next-generation premium seats fitted with the latest AVOD [audio/video on demand] system for all classes, as well as upgraded galley facilities," says Korean in a statement.

"Through this plan, Korean Air, in fact, currently operates a total of 68 aircraft with high-end facilities for all mid- and long-haul passenger flights. Of the 68, while 49 were refurbished, 19 were newly introduced into the fleet with high-end facilities already installed."

Boeing 747s, 777-200ERs, 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-200s operated by Korean were included in the carrier's retrofit scheme.