Korean airline Eastar Jet has received its first Boeing 737 Max from Boeing.
The delivery from Boeing makes Eastar Jet the first airline in the Korean peninsula to operate the more fuel-efficient and longer-range version of the 737.
Eastar Jet will take delivery of another 737 MAX 8 airplane later this month, which will join the airline’s existing fleet of Next-Generation 737s.
The MAX incorporates the latest technology engines, advanced technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs.
In Eastar Jet 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.
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.”
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company:
“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.”
About Eastar Jet
Eastar Jet is a low cost carrier, based at Gimpo/Incheon International Airport in Seoul.
The airline started operations in 2007.
Routes: Currently, the airline operates a scheduled passenger network to 14 destinations in eight countries
Aircraft: Eastar Jet has an all Boeing 737 fleet, currently comprising about 20 aircraft. This includes -700, -800, -900ER and MAX 8 models.
N.B. Image credit: Boeing