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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Korean Air to Update




SEOUL, South Korea -- Days after one of its cargo planes crashed in England, Korean Air said it plans to replace 15 aging planes with brand-new aircraft next year.


"Korean Air plans to sell off 15 aging planes and purchase 17 new ones from airplane manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus," spokesman Lee Seung-yon said Sunday.


After replacing the aging planes, all of which are 20 years or older, Korean Air will have 109 planes, which are 8.1 years old on average, Lee said.


The airline plans to purchase an additional 10 new airplanes by 2001, he said.


Korean Air has been plagued by a series of disasters at home and abroad in the past 16 years in which more than 750 people have died.