Boeing, Korean Air Extend Flight Training and Digital Solutions Agreements; Commemorate 20 Years of Partnership

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Korean Air, one of the largest transpacific carriers in Asia, along with its sister company Jin Air, have extended their 20-year aftermarket services relationship with Boeing (NYSE: BA), signing renewal agreements for pilot training services and digital solutions at the Seoul ADEX trade show.

“Our long-standing relationship with Boeing continues to be an asset as we address the needs of the growing commercial aviation industry,” said Wonkyu Kim, senior vice president, Flight Operations Division, Korean Air. “Boeing has consistently provided us with exceptional training for our pilots and digital tools that help us drive efficiencies throughout our operations.”

Korean Air and Jin Air have each signed five-year renewal agreements for pilot training services across their Boeing fleets. This includes 737, 747, 777 and 787 aircraft for Korean Air, and 737 and 777 aircraft for Jin Air.

Additionally, Korean Air has signed a 10-year agreement for Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) and digital navigation services. Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro EFB tools improve operational efficiency and pilot decision making through enhanced digital charting and navigation information. These include Airport Moving Map capabilities on iPad and front-panel avionics displays that increase pilot situational awareness on the ground, and Tailored Map services that integrates navigation information with airline specific data to enhance operations in flight.

“It is clear why Korean Air is a leader in the airline industry. The airline continues to make strategic investments to upgrade its fleet, train its people, and make its operation more efficient. We are honored to support Korean’s efforts to achieve excellence in flight by extending our partnership with these important services agreements,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company.

With an in-service fleet of 169 aircraft, Korean Air is one of the world's top 20 airlines and serves 124 destinations in 44 countries worldwide. In July, South Korea’s flag carrier finalized an order for 20 new 787 airplanes, adding to its Dreamliner fleet. The carrier also announced plans in June to acquire 10 additional 787 jets via lease.

To support its growing fleet, Korean Air employs a variety of Boeing services, including Airplane Health Management, which enables maintenance teams to make more informed decisions, increase operational efficiency and reduce delays by applying predictive analytics to real-time flight data. In addition, Korean Air uses digital flight planning and runway performance analysis solutions to enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs across all phases of flight.