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Fri, 21 Dec 2018

Korea's Eastar Jet Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX

Eastar Jet has become the first airline in Korea to operate the Boeing 737 MAX.

 In Eastar Jet's configuration, the MAX 8 will be able to fly more that 3,100 nautical miles (5,740 kilometers) - 500 nautical miles farther than the previous 737 models - while providing 14 percent better fuel efficiency. The aircraft is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines.

Eastar Jet Boeing 737 MAX 8. Click to enlarge.

"We are excited to take delivery of this brand new 737 MAX airplane," said Jong-Gu Choi, President of Eastar Jet. "The introduction of the 737 MAX into our fleet reflects the efforts we are making to modernize our product offering and provide a world-class experience to our customers. In addition, the superior economics and longer-range capability of the 737 MAX will enable us to expand our network into new and existing markets more efficiently, which will help us achieve long-term growth."

Based at Gimpo and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, Eastar Jet launched operations in 2007 with Next-Generation 737s. Since then, Korea's low-cost carrier market has grown significantly and has become the largest LCC market in Northeast Asia. Over the past five years, the market segment has grown more than 30 percent annually. Based on this growth and the introduction of the 737 MAX 8 to its fleet, Eastar Jet will be able to expand into new markets such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur among other future destinations.

"Eastar Jet has achieved impressive growth flying the Boeing 737. With the new 737 MAX, the airline will be able to take their performance to the next level. They can fly farther, lower their operating costs, and provide an even better experience for their passengers," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "We are proud of our partnership with Eastar Jet and we are excited to see them leverage the MAX to compete in one of the world's most dynamic aviation markets." 

Eastar Jet will take delivery of a second 737 MAX 8 airplane later this month.

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