Korean Air (KAL) has placed a follow-on order for nine more Boeing 777-200ERs, with deliveries due to start in June 2005. The airline's existing 777-200ERs are equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4090s, although KAL says no firm contract has yet been signed with the engine manufacturer for the new aircraft. Qantas has confirmed its expected order for 20 International Aero Engines V2500- powered Airbus A320s with 40 options for its Jetstar low-fare subsidiary. Deliveries will begin in October. The airline will also lease three more A320s. Meanwhile the airline's QantasLink arm has ordered six Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s. Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered a single Boeing 747-400 freighter for delivery in early 2005. China Airlines has purchased four 747-400s and one MD-11 off lease from Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration for NT$6 billion ($179 million).

Source: Flight International