Korean Air got its first CS300 last week and was showing it off to anyone who wanted to take a picture or have an interview with its senior brass. The aircraft seats 127 including 25 premium economy seats with more legroom. Korean is buying 10 of the biggest versions of the CSeries and will use them on lower density routes where less efficient larger aircraft are currently used. “The CS300 will enable us to reinforce our regional single-aisle operations, while providing a high level of profitability and customer satisfaction,” said Soo-Kuen Lee, the airline’s chief technology officer. “These are key drivers of our decision to acquire the Bombardier CS300, and we are looking forward integrating it to our fleet.”
The aircraft will enter service Jan. 16 on a domestic schedule. Korean is the third delivery customer for the CSeries after Swiss International and airBaltic. Both airlines are reportedly getting good reliability and better than expected efficiency from the aircraft. “We have witnessed the C Series impressive first year in service, and are pleased to take delivery of our first Bombardier CS300 aircraft,” Soo-Kuen Lee said.