Korean has taken delivery of a Bombardier CS300 Airliner from the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier.
The Seoul-based carrier is the launch customer of the C Series in Asia. “This is a very important milestone for the C Series programme because it is our breakthrough into the fast-growing Asian market, and we are honoured to have Korean Air as our brand ambassador in the region,” said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“We expect that over the next 20 years, Asian operators will take delivery of 2,870 small single-aisle aircraft.”
The single-aisle aircraft consists of 127 seats in a 2-3 configuration (A-B, D-E-F).
It has 25 Economy Plus seats at the front (row 28 to 32). Each seat highlights sliding cushion, 118-degree recline, 36-inch seat pitch and 19-inch seat width.
The 102 standard economy seats span from row 33 to 53, featuring the same seat width and 32-inch seat pitch.
The new aircraft allows the Korean airline to allocate its larger single-aisle jets and wide-body aircraft to routes with higher capacity, while this smaller sized aircraft will be deployed onto lower-density regional routes.
Korean Air has 10 CS300 aircraft on order. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered soon, with a 127-seat dual-class configuration.