Boeing and Jeju Air announced the airline is ordering 40 737 MAX 8 airplanes with options for 10 additional jets. The deal, valued at up to $5.9 billion at list prices, is the largest order ever placed by a Korean low cost carrier and reflects rising demand for air travel in South Korea.
Jeju Air, based in South Korea’s Jeju Island, began operation in 2005 as the country’s first low-cost carrier. Since that time, the carrier has spearheaded the rapid development of Korea’s LCC market and contributed to the expansion of the broader Korean commercial aviation industry.
Flying a fleet of nearly 40 Next-Generation 737-800s, Jeju Air has steadily expanded its business and its profits. The airline has achieved 25 percent annual sales growth over the past five years and recorded 17 consecutive quarters of profitability.
Jeju Air is looking to build on its success with the enhanced version of the 737 jet. The 737 MAX 8 provides more range and offers 14 percent better fuel efficiency and environmental performance thanks to the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other aerodynamic improvements.
Along with the new airplanes, Boeing Global Services will provide Jeju Air with digital tools to reduce their operating costs. The solutions include the Fuel Dashboard Program, which allows operators to look across their fleet and identify areas where they can optimize their fuel spending.
Jeju Air serves 60 domestic and international routes with approximately 200 daily flights. The carrier is a founding member of the Value Alliance, the first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance formed with eight airlines based in Asia.
Boeing and Jeju Air celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first direct-buy Next-Generation 737-800 airplane today during a ceremony at the Seattle Delivery Center. With this delivery Jeju Air will become the first low-cost carrier (LCC) in Korea to own and operate a Next-Generation 737-800.
This delivery marks the first of three Next-Generation 737-800s the airline has on order with Boeing. Based in Jeju Island, South Korea, the all-Boeing carrier currently operates a fleet of 34 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes.
Jeju Air currently serves 40 domestic and international routes with approximately 150 daily flights. The carrier is also a founding member of the Value Alliance, the first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance formed in 2016 comprising of eight airlines based in Asia.
The pictured Jeju Air Boeing 737-800 was formerly operated by Ryanair as EI-EFR. It is seen arriving at Dublin on December 23, 2016 from Bournemouth in the UK where it was painted into the Jeju Air livery. The airframe will be delivered to the South Korean carrier in January 2017.
Copyright Photo: Jeju Air Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EFR (msn 37541) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 936267.
Jeju Air (Jeju City, Jeju Island and Seoul-Incheon) will launch new daily service from Seoul (Incheon) to Nagoya, Japan on March 23 and also between Incheon and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam on April 1 per Airline Route. The two new routes will be operated with Boeing 737-800s.
Jeju Air was established in January 2005 and commenced operations on June 2, 2006. It is owned by the Aekyung Group (75%) and the Jeju Provincial Government (25%). On July 11, 2008, Jeju Air completed its first international flight from Jeju Island to Hiroshima, Japan.
Copyright Photo: Propfreak. Boeing 737-85F HL7780 (msn 28827) arrives back at the ICN hub.
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