Korean Air could order more Boeing 787s as replacements for its ageing 777-200ERs.
Speaking to reporters recently, president and chief operating officer of the airline, Walter Cho, says that the carrier could order more 787-9s or even the larger -10 to replace its oldest 777s.
“We're looking into it. Since we first ordered the plane, there has been a lot more options within the 787 family. We're looking into other types, but we definitely need more to replace the older fleet of 777s,” he says.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the SkyTeam carrier’s 14 777-200ERs range in age from 9.9 to 20.6 years, and are all powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4090 engines.
Korean Air now operates a fleet of four 787-9s, having taken delivery of the first of the type in June. It has a further six aircraft on order, and options for 10 more.
Despite the interest in ordering more widebodies, Cho wouldn’t be drawn on when an order to replace the 777s may be made.
“We have enough airplanes for now, and we have other issues to think of before buying more airplanes,” he adds.
Fleets Analyzer shows that Korean Air has orders for six 777-300ERs, 30 737 Max 8s, 30 Airbus A321neos and 10 Bombardier CS300s.