Korean Air Looks To Defer All 2021 Aircraft Deliveries | 大韓航空、2021年の新造機デリバリーを延期か

Korean Air has 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 on order.
Credit: Boeing


同社はコロナ危機の影響が長引いていることから、2021年に予定されていたデリバリーを延期するとみられる。 Aviation Week Intelligence NetworkのFleet and Data Servicesによると、大韓航空はボーイング737-8を30機、エアバスA321neoを30機、787−10を20機、787−9を10機発注している。 

そんな中、大韓航空はAviation Dailyに対し、リース期間が満了する5機を返却するとも明かした。






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Korean Air plans to reduce its passenger fleet again this year by delaying scheduled deliveries and returning some aircraft to lessors.

The South Korean carrier is likely to defer deliveries that were due in 2021 in response to the prolonged effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline has 30 Boeing 737-8s on order, as well as 30 Airbus A321neos, 20 787-10s and 10 787-9s, according to Aviation Week Intelligence Network Fleet and Data Services. 

Meanwhile, Korean Air told Aviation Daily it will return five aircraft this year as their leases expire.

Korean Air is still in discussions with Boeing regarding the delivery timetable for the 737-8s, which have been delayed due to the lengthy grounding of this type. South Korean authorities are yet to grant approval for the MAX to return to operations.

In a newly released fleet update, Korean Air said it shrank its passenger fleet by 10 aircraft in 2020 to a total of 136 by the end of December. It phased out six 737s, two 777s, and its last two passenger 747-400s.

Separately, Korean Air is making progress in gaining the approvals it needs for its proposed acquisition of Asiana Airlines. Korean was granted approval for the merger by the Turkish competition authority, which is one of the eight overseas governments that must sign off on the deal. Korean Air said it does not expect any problems gaining approvals from these governments, including China, Japan, the EU and the U.S. 

Korean Air will also soon file submissions on the merger to countries where such reporting is voluntary, such as Australia and the UK.

The carrier is still waiting for approval from the South Korean government for the Asiana acquisition. Clearance from the country’s Fair Trade Commission is needed before the takeover of the full-service carrier can complete.