Yesterday, both Korean Air and Ethiopian Airlines have added to their Boeing 777 fleets with new orders made with Boeing.
Korean Air have chosen to add two more Boeing 777-300ER’s to their fleet. The airline currently operates four 777-300s, nine 777-300ERs, with another five on order (plus to the two ordered). Korean Air operate their 777-300ER’s in 8 First Class seats, 56 Business Class and 227 economy class seats.
Ethiopian Airlines have on the other hand gone for the smaller cousin – The 777-200LR, and have added an extra aircraft to the fleet. The airline currently operates five of the 777-200LR sub-class which as the LR indicates, allows for ultra long range flights from Addis Ababa. The current 777-200LR’s in service with Ethiopian are fitted for 34 Business Class seats 287 Economy Class seats.
No delivery dates have been given with any of these new orders.
Whilst these upgrades are “incremental” it shows that there can be a bit of logic when buying equipment – and that mega-orders sometimes aren’t the way to go. With the way money is going, restraint can be a good thing sometimes….