"This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy," Walter Cho, Korean Air's Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, says in a statement.
"That is important to a global airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft."
Korean Air Boeing 747-8B5 (40905/1506) HL7630
The 747-8 is Boeing's newest and biggest version of its humped jumbo jet that has been in production since 1968.
The first cargo version of the modernized 747 — the 747-8F — was delivered to launch customer
The "dash-8" is about 18 feet longer than the previous 747-400 model. The passenger version comes with about 50 more seats in a typical layout.
With Tuesday's delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. Korean Air already operates seven 747-8
The 747-8 passenger version delivered to the airline today is the first of 10 set to go to Korean Air.
Korean Air's 747s will be configured with 368 seats. They'll also feature an update version of Korean Air's swanky "Kosmo Suite" first-class seats. The suites feature sliding doors and partitions to provide added privacy for passengers. The suites are also equipped with updated an in-flight entertainment system and include 24-inch high-definition monitors and new handheld touch remotes.
(Ben Mutzabaugh - USAToday / Today in the Sky)