Korean Air to Retire its Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 Fleets

August 21, 2021

Korean Air Airbus A380

Korean Air plans to drop the Airbus A380 Superjumbo from service in the next 5 years, according to multiple reports.

The airline also plans to discontinue use of the Boeing 747-8 within the next 10 years. 

Korean Chief Executive Walter Cho confirmed the reports in an interview with FlightGlobal:

“The A380s will be leaving Korean Air’s fleet within five years, and the Boeing 747-8I fleet will also follow suit within ten years,” says Cho.

Most of Korean's A380s and 747s are in storage (they are reported to have 10 each) and will also inherit 6 more A380s after their takeover of Asiana.

FlightGlobal says:

As for its other widebodies, Korean operates 26 777-300ERS with an average age of 7.3 years. It also has orders for 10 787-9s (adding to 10 in its current inventory) and 20 787-10s. It has not, however, placed any orders for the developmental 777-9.

"I believe the Boeing 777 is one of the most successful aircraft in aviation history," Cho said. "If asked, I would say the B777-300ER is my favourite model."

"While I haven't ruled out the Boeing 777X, there are some points that still need verification. I may consider it after that, but I don't think we’ll have a large demand for new aircraft for some time as we already have a significant number of aircraft in operation or on order."

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