Air Premia, a new Korean
airline, has unveiled plans to buy five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners,
valued at $1.4 billion at list prices.
The airline signed an
agreement to lease three 787-9 jets from ALC
earlier this year.
Air Premia, which plans to launch operations in
2020, will become South Korea’s second Dreamliner operator.
“This is an exciting decision for Air Premia as we
look to deliver a world-class experience to our customers, while
also operating the most fuel efficient fleet,” said Peter Sim, CEO
of Air Premia. “With the 787-9’s superior fuel efficiency and
range capabilities, this investment fits perfectly with our unique
business model and will position Air Premia for sustainable
The 787-9 can fly 296 passengers in a standard
configuration and has a published range of 7,530 nautical miles
“We are honored to welcome
Air Premia as Boeing’s newest customer. As new entrants in Asia
continue to launch innovative business models and strategies for
growth, we are excited that Air Premia have selected the 787-9
Dreamliner to power their future fleet,” said Ihssane Mounir,
senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The
Boeing Company. “The super-efficient 787-9 is a perfect fit for
this new hybrid airline. The market-leading economics and
capabilities of the Dreamliner will enable Air Premia to offer the
best-in-class service to its customers at competitive fares.”
With its base at Seoul Incheon International Airport, Air Premia
has said that it will initially operate regionally in Asia before expanding
its network to Los Angeles and San Jose by 2021.