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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