Boeing and Korean Air have finalised the airline’s order of 30 737 MAXs and two additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airliners valued at nearly US$4 billion at current list prices. The airline also has options for additional 737 MAXs as part of the order, which was previously announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June.
With this order for up to 52 Boeing airliners, Korean Air becomes Boeing’s newest 737 MAX customer and now has 62 firm Boeing orders on backlog.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said: “Korean Air is a valued Boeing customer and today’s order is the culmination of our longstanding partnership that spans over four decades.
“Korean Air has been a pioneer in Asia’s commercial aviation industry and today, we are truly honoured to welcome Korean into the new 737 MAX family. I am confident these new airplanes will play an important role in Korean Air’s fleet modernisation programme for many years to come.”
As part of this order for 737 MAX airplanes, Korean Air also adds another two 777-300ERs as it continues to modernize its long-haul widebody fleet.
Korean Air currently operates a fleet of 91 Boeing passenger airliners that consist of 737, 747 and 777 models. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.