Korean Air unveiled its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to the public at a ceremony on 27 February 2017. It received the new aircraft on 23 February 2017. The unveil was held at the Korean Air hangar at Seoul Incheon Airport.
The aircraft will be deployed for long-haul routes with high demand for leisure travel. The first scheduled route will be on domestic flights between Seoul Gimpo Airport and JeJu Airport for a month as part of the required certification period, before launching long-haul international routes from Incheon to Toronto, Madrid and Zurich later this year. Korean Air is scheduled to introduce five 787-9 Dreamliners to its fleet this year with another five by 2019.
The aircraft has a configuration of 269 seats with six in first class, 18 in Prestige class and 245 in Economy.
Korean Air’s Aerospace Division is a Boeing partner on the 787 programme. It supplies the aircraft components for the model. It has been manufacturing six core parts such as raked wing tips, after bodies and flap support fairing for Boeing 787 since 2006. Korean Air is also the partner of the 747-8 programmes and one of the two suppliers producing the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology Winglet.