Korean Air has signed a letter of intent to take 30 Boeing 787s in order to modernise its long-haul fleet.

The Seoul-based carrier has committed to ordering 10 787-9s plus 10 Dreamliners of the -10 variant under a deal with a list-price value of $6.3 billion. A further 10 787-10s will be supplied to Korean by Air Lease.

"The 787 Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come," states the airline's chairman Walter Cho.

In October 2018, Cho told FlightGlobal that Korean Air was evaluating the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X, as well as more 787s, for a future widebody order.

"We're looking at all options right now," he said. "Since we already have a 787 fleet, there is a very high possibility we'll expand our fleet on the 787."

Korean's widebody fleet includes 29 Airbus A330s, 10 A380s, 23 747s, 55 777s and 10 787-9s, Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows. The airline has one 777-300ER on firm order.

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Source: Cirium Dashboard