Seoul (22 December 2017) – Korean Air has become the first airline in Asia to introduce Bombardier’s CS300 series aircraft, allowing the airline more flexibility in its domestic routes and introducing Premium Economy seating to its fleet.

The aircraft was accepted at a delivery ceremony today at Bombardier’s Mirabel Facility in Quebec, Canada. The plane will arrive in Seoul Dec. 25 and begin operating on Korean Air’s domestic routes Jan. 16, 2018.

The CS300 will allow Korean Air to allocate its larger single-aisle jets and wide body aircraft to routes requiring their capacity and “right size” the Bombardier jet to lower-density regional routes. These regional routes are the aircraft’s first priority. Korean Air may later take advantage of the CS300 aircraft’s range and expand internationally.

The CS300 also will allow the airline to introduce Premium Economy class to its fleet. With the single isle dual class configuration, customers will be able to enjoy a wider pitch (4 inches wider) and a wider seat width of 19 inches.

“We have witnessed the C Series impressive first year in service, and are pleased to take delivery of our first Bombardier CS300 aircraft,” said Soo-Keun Lee, Chief Technology Officer Korean Air Lines. “When we selected the aircraft in 2011, we knew it would be a great addition to our fleet. Today, it is the most efficient aircraft in its class, and its passenger comfort is outstanding. The CS300 will enable us to reinforce our regional single-aisle operations, while providing a high level of profitability and customer satisfaction. These are key drivers of our decision to acquire the Bombardier CS300, and we are looking forward integrating it to our fleet.”

“This is a very important milestone for the C Series program because it is our breakthrough into the fast-growing Asian market, and we are honored to have Korean Air Lines as our brand ambassador in the region,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We expect that over the next 20 years, Asian operators will take delivery of 2,870 small single-aisle aircraft. We are thrilled that Korean Air is the first in the region to showcase the CS300 aircraft’s outstanding performance and capabilities.”

Korean Air is expected to take delivery of its second CS300 before year-end: another 127-seat dual-class configuration with Premium Economy and Economy seating. The airline is planning to receive a total of ten CS 300 aircraft.

The CS300 is renowned for its excellent fuel efficiency. The Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine takes advantage of a new engine architecture to deliver dramatic reductions in noise and fuel burn. Additionally, with its aeromechanical design and aluminum alloy and carbon composite construction, the aircraft shows a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency and a 75% smaller noise footprint compared to similar sized aircraft.

As a leading global carrier, Korean Air has a strong commitment in addressing environmental issues and plans to continue introducing cutting edge and fuel-efficient aircraft. In addition, with its new, differentiated service, Korean Air will be able to provide more options and comfort for its passengers.

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