Korean low-cost carrier Jeju Air yesterday received its first direct-buy Boeing 737-800 aircraft during a ceremony at the Seattle Delivery Center.
With this delivery the carrier will become the first LCC in South Korea to own and operate a Next-Generation 737-800 into its fleet.
Jeju Air president and chief executive officer, Seok-Joo Lee said: “This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for Jeju Air as we continue to revolutionise 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.”
This delivery marks the first of three 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 aircraft.
Jeju Air 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 LCC alliance formed in 2016 comprising of eight airlines based in Asia.