Thu, May 04, 2006
Boeing and Korean Air
announced Wednesday that the airline has exercised options for two
Boeing 747-400 freighter kits from its order announced in 2004, to
convert up to 20 747-400 passenger airplanes into freighters as
part of the Boeing Converted Freighter program.
Boeing began the physical conversion work on Korean Air's first
airplane in April at Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering (TAECO)
in Xiamen, China.
Korean Air plans to convert a combination of its own and other
airlines' 747-400 passenger airplanes to freighters using Boeing's
kits -- including service bulletin, parts and on-site support.
Korean Air will use its Aerospace Division facility in Gimhae,
South Korea, to perform the hands-on labor and redeliver the
"These conversions represent a continuing commitment from Korean
Air to the efficiency and value of Boeing Converted Freighters,"
said Hang-Jin Cho, senior vice-president of Purchasing, Facilities
and Environment at Korean Air. "We're pleased to have our highly
trained Korean Air personnel transition these 747-400 passenger
jets into freighters at our aerospace facilities."
"Boeing is pleased to
have the solution to help Korean Air both expand its air-freight
capabilities and at the same time gain entry to the market for
converting passenger 747-400s into freighters," said Dan da Silva,
vice president of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial
Aviation Services. "The order is a significant confirmation of
Boeing's commitment to help its customers achieve success."
A modified 747-400 receives a side cargo door, and a layout that
is similar to the 747-400 production freighter. The 747-400 Boeing
Converted Freighter is available with seating for up to 19 people
in the upper deck, an option Boeing says is not found on any other
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