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September 17, 2009

Korean Air Continues Aircraft Upgrade

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

As part of its 40th anniversary, Korean Air has started with phase two of its $200 million fleet upgrade that includes premium seats and the latest AVOD system on all its mid- and long-haul passenger aircraft.

Beginning this month and continuing through April 2011, Korean Air will introduce its newest premium class product by refurbishing mid- and long-haul B777s and A330s with the recently launched Kosmo Suites in First Class, Prestige Sleeper in Prestige Class and New Economy seats in Economy Class. In addition, seats in all classes will be fitted with the latest AVOD systems. New deliveries of B777-300ER, A380, and B787 aircraft also will come equipped with the new cabins.

With one touch controls and large screen type partitions, the Kosmo Suite is the pinnacle of luxury travel. With a wide 180 degree lie flat bed, the Kosmo Suite also features a 23 inch high-definition monitor and the latest AVOD system. The Prestige Sleeper and Seats also feature a 180 degree lie flat bed providing passengers with a level of comfort usually reserved for First Class passengers. The seat partitions also have been enlarged to provide maximum privacy and the enhanced AVOD system plays on a 15 inch high-definition monitor.

The new AVOD systems offers more than 60 movies, 40 short features, 300 CD’s, 40 games and 15 audio books.

When phase two is complete, more than 9,720 seats will have been replaced. It takes approximately 25 days to complete each plane.

By 2011, 70 planes will have been upgraded and by 2014 all 96 of Korean Air’s mid- and long-range aircraft will offer state-of-the-art premium seats and AVOD.

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