Korean Air Refurbishes Fleet

Seoul-based Korean Air Lines will start the second phase of its extensive refurbishment plan to upgrade its mid- and long-haul jet fleet.  The carrier will be equipping its airliners, with what it calls next-generation premium seats – Kosmo Suites (First Class), Prestige Sleeper (Prestige Class) and New Economy (Economy Class).  The company will be investing US$200 million to upgrade 32 Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 airliners between September 2009 and March 2011.  The programme will also include fitting the state-of-the-art seats to 38 new aircraft, including B777-300ERs, A380s and B787s, that are due for delivery over the next few years.  The advanced seats will be unveiled when the carrier takes delivery of its first B777-300ER which was due at the end of May 2009.
Korean Air Lines concluded the initial phase of its refurbishment plan last year, when it upgraded 26 B777-200s and B747-400s.  Once the second phase is completed in 2014, Korean says it will have a fleet of 96 airliners equipped with the latest high-end products.