Korean Air fleet renewal to see end of more 744’s, older 777’s & 737’s

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HL7460 will leave service this year

With a raft of new aircraft set to enter service this year, including 4 787-9’s (total 9) and as many 777-300ER’s (total 24), and another 8 CS300’s due in 2018, Korean airlines has announced a reduction in its fleet of older aircraft.

The 744’s are likely to leave first as the 773’s come into service, with just three remaining in passenger use (HL7460, 7461 & 7402) all 19-20 years old, it will be the end of 744’s in the airlines passenger fleet, although 9 will continue in cargo for the forseeable future.

The airline runs the second largest fleet of passenger 748i’s after Lufthansa (19 in service) with 10 aircraft.

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At the same time the 787-9’s will effectively replace 4 of the 14 passenger 772’s the oldest of which is 20 years.

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The CS300’s will replace 737-800’s on a one for one basis, the oldest date back to 2000-2001.

There was a brief, and incorrect rumour, that the airline would retire its first A380 in 2018 but Korean Air press department quickly corrected any misunderstanding.

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