Korean to Delta: CSeries is 'perfect' for fleet renewal

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Korean Air believes the Bombardier CSeries aircraft would be "perfect" for fellow SkyTeam alliance member Delta Air Lines' fleet.

"Delta is a very large airline and they are very good partners with us, and I know a little bit about their fleet and their route characteristics. They are operating hundreds of cities within the US and South America and this will be a perfect airplane for them because I believe they are looking at large quantities," Korean Air senior vice-president for the corporate strategy and planning division, Walter Cho told ATI last week at the Paris air show, after the Asian carrier announced a tentative agreement to order up to 30 of the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G-powered twinjets.

Delta is studying its options for replacing an aging fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. The US major released a request for proposals in early January, and later commented favourably on the geared turbofan engine, which powers the Airbus A320neo and the CSeries.

Korean Air's Cho, meanwhile, believes that the CSeries and A320neo can happily co-exist in a fleet.

"We looked into A320neos. I wouldn't say we selected [the CSeries] over the Neo. We're still looking into [the Neo]. But it's not in the same category in size. We're looking into larger A320s because they are a very good aircraft."

The airline expects to firm up its order with Bombardier within the month, once the deal receives board approval.