Korean Air has recently been nominated by Airbus to be the sole provider of A330neo’s wing structure, Sharklet.
Korean Air will participate in the design, development, testing and certification of the ‘Sharklet’ component of A330neo, and manufacture the new composite wingtip devices at its Busan facility.
The Sharklet for Airbus A330neo is a raked-tip structure attachment at the end of the wings of an aircraft.
It cuts down on aerodynamic drag by reducing spiral shaped vortices at the wingtips of the aircraft and improves aircraft fuel efficiency by 4 per cent.
Recognized with its outstanding aerostructure manufacturing, Korean Air was selected by Airbus to be the supplier of A330neo Sharklet.
Since 2009, Korean Air has demonstrated its outstanding manufacturing ability by producing 2,200 units of Sharklets for A320, which are independently designed and developed by Korean Air.
Korean Air has played a major role in components manufacturing for both Airbus and Boeing, the world’s most famous aircraft manufacturers.
Korean Air has also participated in development of B787’s major components including the composite rear fuselage of the aircraft, and the airline was also selected by Boeing to be the supplier of B737 MAX winglet.
Korean Air utilizes its own technology in manufacturing helicopters and unmanned air vehicles, producing F-5 E/F, UH60 and 500MD since 1976.