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Korean Air To Replace Aging A/c

Mon Dec 27, 1999 7:43 am

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.

 
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RE: Korean Air To Replace Aging A/c

Mon Dec 27, 1999 7:46 am

Oh good...new planes for KAL to "break in"!  

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RE: Korean Air To Replace Aging A/c

Tue Dec 28, 1999 10:21 am

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.
 
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RE: Korean Air To Replace Aging A/c

Tue Dec 28, 1999 2:08 pm

Great, I guess that'll fix the safety record!! I bet they think it is always the aircrafts fault...
 
mdsmith11
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RE: Korean Air To Replace Aging A/c

Tue Dec 28, 1999 2:28 pm

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??



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