Boeing and Korean Air announced an order for five 747-8 Intercontinental jetliners. Korean Air is the first Asian airline to order the new passenger version of the fuel-efficient 747-8, according to the company.

President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Jim Albaugh said, “This is a great day in the history of our long and enduring partnership with Korean Air. The technologically advanced 747-8 Intercontinental is particularly well suited for Korean Air’s operations. It will provide exceptional levels of passenger comfort, greatly enhanced fuel efficiency and reduced emissions and noise. The announcement comes at an exciting time as we move closer to the first 747-8 Freighter flight in early 2010.”