Korean Air announced that it has ordered an extra 20 Airbus A321neo aircraft, adding to its initial order of 30 for the variant.
News of Korean Air’s expanded fleet modernization plans broke on October 30, 2023, in a statement posted by the South Korean flag carrier.
From its initial order of 30 A321neos, Korean Air has taken delivery of eight, with the first delivery having taken place in December 2022.
The next-gen fleet is being deployed on short and medium-haul routes to serve the airline’s Southeast Asia, China and Japan networks.
“The A321neo is aligned with Korean Air’s commitment to reducing carbon footprint while providing exceptional services. Its contemporary design, advanced technology, and spacious interior redefine the travel experience,” Jong Seok Yoo, Executive Vice President and Chief Safety & Operating Officer of Korean Air, said.
The airline’s A321neo is a single-aisle aircraft configured in a two-class layout of 182 seats – eight in ‘Prestige Class’ and 174 in economy.
The top tier passengers enjoy fully lie-flat seats, and the fleet features an Airbus Airspace cabin for enhanced passenger comfort and cabin ambiance. Passengers also will have Wi-Fi access to stay connected.
Korean Air will take delivery of 110 new next-generation aircraft in the coming years including the 20 additional A321neos, 10 Boeing 787-9s, 20 Boeing 787-10s, and 30 Boeing 737-8s.
The airline will also sequentially retire its A330-300s and Boeing 777-200ERs.