Korean Air becomes first to use new Boeing 747-8i at Heathrow
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 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!
In more good news for the increasing use of new aircraft at Heathrow, China Southern have announced this week they are launching a new, second, daily service from Heathrow to Guangzhou which will be served by one of their highly recognisable Boeing Dreamliner 787s (Read more…).