Korean Air becomes first to use new Boeing 747-8i at Heathrow

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Published 5th April 2017

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Korean Air has become the first carrier at Heathrow to use the new generation “Jumbo jet” – the Boeing 747-8i – on scheduled flights. Find out more about the new Jumbo and see pictures of the aircraft below.

Shortly after 5pm on Saturday, Korean Air flight KE907 touched down at Heathrow following a 12 hour flight from Incheon International Airport in Seoul. This was the first use of a Boeing 747-8i on a scheduled flight at Heathrow and marks another step forward in the use of next generation aircraft at the airport.

The aircraft consumes up to 16% less fuel per seat then its predecessor (747-400), and up to 13% less than the Airbus A380 (Source: Boeing). It is also quieter and cleaner, with fewer CO2 emitted per seat and noise reduced by 5dB across landing and takeoff (cumulative) compared to the 747-400.

Korean Air’s new Boeing 747-8i taking-off at Incheon Airport while a Korean Air Airbus A380 taxis in the background.

Korean Air also use an A380 at Heathrow, which they began using in April last year – becoming the 9th carrier at the airport using the aircraft.

More about the Boeing 747-8i…

  • Engines: 4 x GEnx-2B
  • Length: 76.3m or 250ft
  • Height: 19.4m or 63ft 6 in
  • Wingspan: 68.4m or 224ft 5 inches
  • Passenger capacity: 410 passengers (standard configuration)

More fast facts about the “new Jumbo”:

  • The “new Jumbo” is the world’s fastest commercial jet, capable of flying at Mach 0.86!

  • The 747-8 has been approved for use at more than 271 destination airports around the globe

  • It has 16% more cargo volume capacity than the 747-400.

  • The aircraft can travel the length of 3 FIFA soccer fields in one second!

(Source: Boeing)

Heathrow

By Heathrow

Published 5th April 2017