Korean Air has become the first airline in Asia to introduce Bombardier’s CS300 series aircraft, allowing the airline more flexibility in its domestic routes and introducing Premium Economy seating to its fleet.
The aircraft was accepted at a delivery ceremony today at Bombardier’s Mirabel Facility in Quebec, Canada. The plane will arrive in Seoul Dec. 25 and begin operating on Korean Air’s domestic routes Jan. 16, 2018.
The CS300 will allow Korean Air to allocate its larger single-aisle jets and wide-body aircraft to routes requiring their capacity and “right size” the Bombardier jet to lower-density regional routes. These regional routes are the aircraft’s first priority. Korean Air may later take advantage of the CS300 aircraft’s range and expand internationally.
The CS300 also will allow the airline to introduce Premium Economy class to its fleet. With the single isle dual class configuration, customers will be able to enjoy a wider pitch (4 inches wider) and a wider seat width of 19 inches.
Korean Air is expected to take delivery of its second CS300 before year-end: another 127-seat dual-class configuration with Premium Economy and Economy seating. The airline is planning to receive a total of ten CS 300 aircraft.
The CS300 is renowned for its excellent fuel efficiency. The Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine takes advantage of a new engine architecture to deliver dramatic reductions in noise and fuel burn. Additionally, with its aeromechanical design and aluminum alloy and carbon composite construction, the aircraft shows a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency and a 75% smaller noise footprint compared to similar sized aircraft.
As a leading global carrier, Korean Air has a strong commitment in addressing environmental issues and plans to continue introducing cutting edge and fuel-efficient aircraft. In addition, with its new, differentiated service, Korean Air will be able to provide more options and comfort for its passengers.