Korean Air Orders Two Boeing 747-8 Freighters
In December 2009, Korean Air became the first airline to order both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8.
The 747-8 Freighter offers a range of 4,390 nautical miles (8,130 km) and a maximum structural payload capacity of 154 tons (140 tonnes). It also offers an additional 4,221 cubic feet (120 m3) and 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 Freighter.
The airline currently operates a total 27 Boeing freighter airplanes and will become one of two airlines to operate both the 747-8 Freighter and the 777 Freighter.
Boeing is a manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, the company designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems.
As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services.
Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales and marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: â€œKorean Air continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the world's leading global cargo carriers. Boeing is very fortunate to have Korean Air not only as a customer of the 747-8 Freighter, but also the 747-8 Intercontinental and also as a key partner on the 747-8 program. The 747-8 Freighter will provide tremendous economics and reliability to Korean Air's global operations.â€
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