KOREAN AIRLINES (KAL) has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine family for its Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s, in a deal worth about $850 million.

KAL's first four 777-200Bs will be powered by the 400kN (90,000lb)-thrust PW4090 and its remaining eight stretch -300s by the PW4098, derated to 422kN. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery between 1997 and 2001.

The airline has also chosen the 302kN PW4168 for its seven A330 twinjets. The PW4000 series is already in widespread use by KAL, powering its fleet of Boeing 747-400s, Airbus A300-600s and McDonnell Douglas MD-11s.

The PW4000 was selected over the competing General Electric GE90/CF6-80 and Rolls-Royce Trent 700/800 engines. As part of the deal, P&W has given KAL a ten-year fleet guarantee, with no engine shut-downs and only 0.7 shop visits per 1,000h flown.

Source: Flight International