Airlines Jeju Air receives first direct-buy Boeing 737-800
Jeju Air has taken delivery of its first direct-buy Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
With the delivery, the carrier has become the first Low-Cost airline in Korea to operate with the type of aircraft. Jeju Air has two additional B737-800 NGs on order with Boeing.
Seok-Joo Lee, President and CEO of Jeju Air commented: "This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for Jeju Air as we continue to revolutionize Korea's dynamic commercial aviation industry [...] Owning and operating our own airplanes will further differentiate Jeju Air and our local competitors. We are fully prepared to introduce this new airplane into our expanding fleet and they will play an integral role in our growth strategy."
With the new aircraft, Jeju Air seeks to further expand its operations in Korea. The carrier has specialized in the low-cost market and serves 40 domestic and international routes on approximately 150 flights a day.
"We are proud to deliver the first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800 to Jeju Air," said Rick Anderson, vice president of Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This milestone represents the strong partnership that we share with Jeju, whom we have shared an intimate partnership with since their inception more than 10 years ago. I look forward to further strengthening our partnership with Jeju Air."
Furthermore, Jeju Air is a founding member of the Value Alliance. This alliance is the world´s first alliance for low-cost carrier and was formed back in 2016. The alliance comprises eight Asian based airlines.
Jeju Air is a South-Korean low-cost carrier founded in 2005. It has three hubs at Incheon, Gimpo and Jeju airports and operates a fleet of 35 leased B737-800.
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