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Korean Air to Order Widebody, Wants More A220s

Korean Air will shortly announce a widebody order, company CEO Walter Cho told reporters at the recent IATA AGM in Seoul.

Last year, company officials said that it was evaluating adding more B787s or ordering A350s. The airline is yet to announce the details of the potential order, its size, make-up, or timeline.

Cho told the media that he believed that the carrier’s fleet of ten A220-300s was too small. He hinted that Korean Air may be interested in ordering more of the Airbus regional jets but added that it would happen only once “some glitches” were fixed. The airline is also interested in the potential stretched version of the A220, or the “A220-500”.

Korean Air has also not changed its decision to take delivery of thirty B737-8s. The deliveries were to begin in May this year but had to be put off because of the worldwide grounding of the aircraft.

Korean Air’s widebody fleet currently includes eight A330-200s, 21 A330-300s, ten A380-800s, two B747-400s, ten B747-8s, 14 B777-200(ER)s, four B777-300s, 25 B777-300(ER)s, and ten B787-9s. It also has two more B777-300(ER)s on order.

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