Eastar Jet takes delivery of additional Boeing 737-8

Render of an Eastar Jet Boeing 737-8 in flight.
Image Credit: Eastar Jet

BOC Aviation Limited has announced the delivery of a Boeing 737-8 aircraft under the lease to South Korea’s Eastar Jet Co. Ltd. The aircraft is powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines and becomes the third aircraft of the type operated by the carrier.

“We are pleased to participate in Eastar’s growth story and to welcome it as a new customer as we continue to provide the latest technology aircraft,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BOC Aviation.

“Korea and Asia-Pacific are markets that are recovering their vibrancy as they enjoy renewed growth and this transaction is emblematic of the demand from customers that we are working with.”

“With the proactive cooperation of BOC Aviation, we were able to successfully deliver a Boeing 737-8 aircraft within the scheduled date,” said Sang-Jong, Yoo, Chief Operating Officer of Eastar Jet.

“We had experienced the operational efficiency of Boeing 737-8 by operating it for the first time in South Korea. Starting with this Boeing 737-8, we will expand our routes and initiate substantial business expansion.”

An Eastar Jet Boeing 737-8 taxies to the gate.
Photo Credit: G B_NZ, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

About Eastar Jet

Eastar Jet is a South Korean low-cost airline headquartered in Banghwa-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul. It was established on October 26, 2007, and acquired its air operator’s certificate the following year on August 6.


On January 7, 2009, Eastar Jet launched its first commercial flight from Seoul to Jeju with a Boeing 737. It commenced operations on its second route – Cheongju-Jeju – on June 12, 2009.

Six months after, on December 24, 2009, Eastar Jet launched its first international flight from Incheon to Kuching, Malaysia. Within two years of commencing operations, the airline reached the 1 million mark in passengers carried on January 6, 2010.

Eastar Jet operates a scheduled passenger network which has included 14 destinations in eight countries:

  • Domestic: Jeju, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Cheongju, and Muan
  • International: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Singapore, and Taipei

From its operating base at Gimpo in Seoul, Eastar Jet offers services to Jeju Island in Southern Korea. Having commenced operations in 2009, the carrier now operates three Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the introduction of the latest addition to the fleet. 

Eastar Jet is a popular choice for budget-minded travelers. The airline offers competitive fares and a variety of in-flight services.

Eastar Jet is also a member of the U-FLY Alliance, which gives passengers access to a wider network of destinations.

Regional air travel in South Korea

The most popular regional air route in South Korea is between Seoul and Jeju Island, which is a popular tourist destination. Other popular regional air routes include those between Seoul and Busan, Daegu, and Gwangju.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the popularity of regional air travel in South Korea. One factor is the country’s size. South Korea is a relatively small country, with a population of over 50 million people.

This means that it is possible to travel from one end of the country to the other in a relatively short amount of time by air.

Another factor that contributes to the popularity of regional air travel in South Korea is the cost. Air travel is often more affordable than other forms of transportation, such as high-speed rail or buses. This is especially true for short-distance flights.

Notably, the quality of air travel in South Korea is high. The country’s airlines have a good safety record and offer a variety of in-flight services. This makes air travel a comfortable and convenient way to travel within South Korea.

In addition to the major airlines, there are also a number of low-cost carriers like Eastar Jet that operate regional flights in South Korea. These carriers offer even lower fares than the major airlines, which makes regional air travel even more affordable.

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