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19-May-2015 9:57 AM

South Korean airlines voluntarily agree to replace aircraft ageing fleet

South Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced (18-May-2015) the country’s eight airlines have signed an agreement in which they have voluntarily agreed to replace all their aircraft that are more than 20 years old. The move is part of efforts to boost passenger safety. Only 14 of 264 passenger aircraft owned and operated by the country's seven passenger airlines are 20 years old or older while both of the two freighters operated by airfreight carrier Air Incheon are 20 years old or older. According to the ministry, the following South Korean airlines have the following fleet:

  • Korean Air: 151 aircraft in total with an average age of 9.68 years;
    • Passenger fleet: 124 aircraft with average age of 9.89, including four that are more than 20 years old;
    • Freighters: 27 aircraft with average age of 8.76 years;
  • Asiana Airlines: 85 aircraft in total with average age of 9.88 years;
    • Passenger: 74 with average age of 8.47 years, including two aircraft more than 20 years old;
    • Freighters: 11 with average age of 19.35 years, including six that are more than 20 years old;
  • Jeju Air: 19 with average age of 11.33 years;
  • Jin Air: 13 with average age of 14.22 years;
  • Air Busan: 14 with average age of 14.18 years;
  • Eastar Jet: 10 with average age of 13.98 years;
  • T’way Air: 10 with average age of 9.67 years;
  • Air Incheon: Two with average age of 23.52 years, both more than 20 years old. [more - original PR - Korean]

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