Boeing and Korean Air today announced completion and certification of Korean Air's 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter. For this modification, Boeing managed every aspect of the conversion process from contract signing, design and production through redelivery. Boeing contracted with Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (TAECO) in Xiamen, China, for the hands-on modification work. This is the fourth 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter that has been redelivered through Boeing to cargo operators.
On Aug. 4, workers at Korean Air's Aerospace Division in Pusan Korea began modifying a 747-400 passenger airplane. For this and follow-on conversions, Korean Air's Aerospace Division receives a "freighter kit" from Boeing, and will use the kit to convert and certify a combination of its own and other airlines' 747-400 passenger airplanes into freighters.
Korean Air has six firm freighter kits remaining on order with options for 13 more kits.