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S. Korea replaces presidential plane
Updated: 2022-01-16 09:11:10 KST

South Korea's presidential plane, the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, has completed its eleven-year mission stepping down from its role as Air Force One.
Manufactured in 2001 the aircraft completed operations of carrying South Korean presidents to overseas destinations.
It flew to 156 countries with a total distance covered of more than one.six million kilometers.
President Moon Jae-in flew on the aircraft to more than 50 countries and for several multilateral forums including APEC, the G20 and COP26.
The aircraft was known to be South Korea's first presidential plane that was designed and equipped for carrying out such tasks breaking away from the earlier custom of renovating chartered civilian aircrafts for the state leader's overseas visits.
Its final offical flight was the return leg from Australia in December 2021 following President Moon's summit with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
With its retirement, the presidential plane is to be grounded at an undisclosed Air Force base in the country.
But out with the old in with the new.
Its replacement is the Boeing 747-8i aircraft that was first deployed on Tuesday to serve as the presidential plane for the next five years.
It's an improved version in terms of flight range and cruise speed.
The new version is about six meters longer than its predecessor being nearly 71 meters long and is nearly 20 meters in height.
Internally, it's been renovated to accommodate bigger conference rooms and more amenities for the 213 crew and passengers that it can carry at any one time.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : jiyeonkim@arirang.co.kr