Korean Air To Replace Aging A/c
HZ-AKF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted Sun Dec 26 1999 23:43:04 UTC (14 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1060 times:
Filed at 5:19 p.m. EST
By The Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Days after one of its cargo planes crashed in England, Korean Air said Sunday it plans to replace 15 aging planes with brand-new aircraft next year.
``Korean Air plans to sell off 15 aging planes and purchase 17 new ones from airplane manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus,'' spokesman Lee Seung-yon said.
After replacing the planes, all of which are 20 years or older, Korean Air will have 109 planes, which are 8.1 years old on average, Lee said.
The airline plans to purchase an additional 10 new airplanes by 2001, he said.
Lee denied the measure came in response to the recent accident, adding the expected purchases are part of its long-term plan to phase out older airplanes.
Korean Air has been plagued by a series of disasters at home and abroad in the past 16 years in which more than 750 people have been killed.
On Wednesday, the B747-200F cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Stansted Airport. All four crewmen are believed to have died instantly.
The plane, which carried 64 tons of cargo including electronic goods, was bound for Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy.
The cause of the crash was still under investigation.
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted
Sun Dec 26 1999 23:46:56 UTC (14 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 985 times:
Oh good...new planes for KAL to "break in"!
SCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted
Tue Dec 28 1999 02:21:17 UTC (14 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 955 times:
Are you sure that article didn't say they were going to replace them, "one hull loss at a time"?
At the rate they are loosing airplanes, it won't be long till they have a new fleet.
AN888 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted
Tue Dec 28 1999 06:08:17 UTC (14 years 10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 947 times:
Great, I guess that'll fix the safety record!! I bet they think it is always the aircrafts fault...
Mdsmith11 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 194 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted
Tue Dec 28 1999 06:28:20 UTC (14 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 945 times:
I don't get it. They're fleet is not really that old and their maintenance generally seems OK at best, but I've just spent the past hour reading the excerpts from the Delta Airlines audit....kinda scary stuff.
Possibly some of the money (Won) that their new planes are gonna cost them a significant portion of that could be redirected to crew training, where their real problems seems to lie??