Korean Air to buy five Boeing 747-8s worth $1.5 bln

SEOUL Fri Dec 4, 2009 2:12am EST

SEOUL Dec 4 (Reuters) - Korean Air (003490.KS), South Korea's top airline, said on Friday it would purchase five Boeing (BA.N) 747-8 Intercontinental jetliners worth $1.5 billion at list prices.

Korean Air became the first Asian airline to order the passenger version of the fuel-efficient 747-8, its statement said. Korean Air, the world's biggest air cargo carrier, already has arrangements to operate seven 747-8 freighters. (Reporting by Rhee So-eui and Shin Jieun; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner) ((soeui.rhee@thomsonreuters.com; +82 2 3704 5650; Reuters Messaging: soeui.rhee.reuters.com@reuters.net)) ((If you have a query or comment on this story, send an email to news.feedback.asia@thomsonreuters.com))

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