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Air Busan Co., Ltd., operating as Air Busan (Korean에어부산; RRE-eo Busan) is a low-cost[1] airline based in Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea.[2] It is a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines. The airline began its operation in 2007 as Busan International Airlines Company (Korean부산국제항공; RRBusan Gukje Hanggong); it launched service in October 2008.[3]

AIR BUSAN
에어부산
E-eo Busan
Air Busan.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
BX ABL AIR BUSAN
Founded2007
Operating bases
Fleet size25
Destinations28
Company sloganFly to Busan
Parent companyAsiana Airlines
HeadquartersBeomcheon-dong Busanjin-gu Busan, South Korea
Key peopleTaeKeun Han (CEO)
Websitewww.airbusan.com

Air Busan is the third largest Korea’s low-cost airline, carried 4.5 million domestic and 3.6 million international passengers in 2018. Air Busan has grown international passenger traffic by 122% over the past three years, while domestic traffic has grown by 38%.[4]

HistoryEdit

 
An Air Busan Airbus A320 at Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan (2015)
 
An Air Busan Boeing 737-400 departs an airport in Japan. (2012)
 
An Air Busan Boeing 737-400 landing at Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan. (2013)

Busan International Airlines Co., Ltd. was established in August 2007. In February the following year the corporate name was changed to Air Busan Co., Ltd. and an investment agreement was signed by the city of Busan and Asiana Airlines. In April 2008 the company ordered its first aircraft, five Boeing 737s. Two months later the company was granted a license for regular air transportation. In October 2008 bases were established at Gimpo airport and Jeju international airport and the airline commenced operations between Busan and Gimpo

In April 2009 the airline took delivery of its fifth Boeing 737-400 aircraft. By August that year Air Busan had marked 10,000 flights in the 299 days since it began operations. In September 2009 the number of passengers carried reached 1 million. International services, between Busan and Fukuoka, began in March 2010 and in April the number of passengers carried reached 2 million. In January 2011 Air Busan took delivery of its first Airbus A321-200 aircraft.

DestinationsEdit

 
An Air Busan Boeing 737 at the gate at Gimpo International Airport, Seoul, South Korea. (2014)

Air Busan started operations on October 27, 2008, using Gimhae International Airport as a hub.[5]

As of May 2019, Air Busan serves the following destinations

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cambodia Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport
China Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport Charter Terminated [6]
Hohhot Hohhot Baita International Airport Terminated [7]
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Huangshan Huangshan Tunxi International Airport Charter Terminated [8]
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport Charter Terminated [9]
Macau Macau International Airport [10]
Qingdao Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport [11]
Shijiazhuang Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport Terminated [12]
Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport Charter Terminated [13]
Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport
Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport Charter Terminated [14]
Guam Hagåtña Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport [15]
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport [16]
Kagoshima Kagoshima Airport Charter Terminated [17]
Kitakyushu Kitakyushu Airport [18]
Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport [19]
Osaka Kansai International Airport
Sapporo New Chitose Airport [20]
Tokyo Haneda International Airport Charter Terminated [21]
Narita International Airport
Toyama Toyama Airport Charter Terminated [22]
Laos Vientiane Wattay International Airport [23]
Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport [24]
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan International Airport [25]
Philippines Cebu Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Kalibo Kalibo International Airport Seasonal
Russia Vladivostok Vladivostok International Airport [26]
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Charter Terminated [27]
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport Hub
Cheongju Cheongju International Airport
Daegu Daegu International Airport
Jeju Jeju International Airport
Seoul Gimpo International Airport
Ulsan Ulsan Airport
Taiwan Kaohsiung Kaohsiung International Airport
Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport [28]

Codeshare agreementsEdit

The airline has codeshare agreements with the following airline (as of May 2014):

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

As of July 2019, the Air Busan Fleet consists of the following aircraft:[29][30]

Air Busan fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passenger Notes
W Y Total
Airbus A320-200 8 162 162
Airbus A321-200 18 191 191
195 195
220 220
Airbus A321LR 2 TBA Deliveries from 2019[31]
Total 26 2

Retired fleetEdit

Air Busan Retired Fleet[32]
Aircraft Total Year Introduced Year Retired Notes
Boeing 737-400 4 2009 2016
Boeing 737-500 3 2008 2016

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "air-busan-bx." CAPA. Retrieved on January 2, 2016. "Air Busan Airline Profile."
  2. ^ "Home." (Korean) Air Busan. Retrieved on November 5, 2012. "통신판매업 신고번호 : 제16–2822 부산시 부산진구 범천동 853–1번지"
  3. ^ "info_person.html[permanent dead link]." Air Busan. Retrieved on February 14, 2010. "614–020 Beomchen-dong Busanjin-gu Busan, Korea CALL : 051-410-0804,0806."
  4. ^ "South Korea aviation market: a decade of rapid growth driven by LCCs". CAPA. 2 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Air Busan to Enter Budget Air Market". 23 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Service to Changsha / Taiyuan April – June 2014". routesonline. 10 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Air Busan Adds Busan – Hohhot Charter in June / July 2015". routesonline. 30 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Air Busan to Start Scheduled Charter Service to Tunxi and Xi'An Apr – Jun 2012". routesonline. 11 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Air Busan Adds Busan – Kunming Charter Flights in Aug/Sep 2015". routesonline. 24 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" 釜山航空從7月19日開通釜山至澳門航線 - 韓聯社(韓國聯合通訊社) (in Korean). Big5.yonhapnews.co.kr:83. 24 May 2012. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Air Busan schedules Sanya launch in Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Air Busan to Offer Busan – Shijiazhuang Service April – June 2013". routesonline. 8 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Service to Changsha / Taiyuan April – June 2014". routesonline. 10 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Air Busan Adds Busan – Zhengzhou Charters in April/May 2015". routesonline. 19 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Air Busan to Start Busan - Guam Service from late-July 2015". Airlineroute.net. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ The Korea Herald. "The Korea Herald". Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Air Busan adds Kagoshima charters in Oct 2017". Airlineroute.net. 20 September 2017.
  18. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284611/air-busan-adds-daegu-kitakyushu-service-from-jun-2019/
  19. ^ "Air Busan adds Busan – Nagoya service from June 2018". Airlineroute.net. 29 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Air Busan Adds Sapporo Flights from Dec 2015". Airlineroute.net. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Air Busan Begins Scheduled Busan – Tokyo Haneda Charter Flight from late-April 2015". Airlineroute.net. 23 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Air Busan adds Toyama charters in 2Q18". Airlineroute.net. 4 April 2018.
  23. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Air Busan adds scheduled Busan – Vientiane service in W17".
  24. ^ "Air Busan schedules Kota Kinabalu service from May 2019". Routesonline. 2 April 2019.
  25. ^ "Air Busan Adds Mongolia Flights from late-June 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  26. ^ Liu, Jim (8 August 2018). "Air Busan adds Vladivostok service from August 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  27. ^ "Air Busan adds Singapore charters". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Air Busan adds Busan – Hanoi route from late-Oct 2018". Routesonline. 27 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Introduction of Aircraft". Air Busan.
  30. ^ "Air Busan Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  31. ^ "에어부산 취항 10주년...아시아 최초 A321 LR 도입으로 앞으로 10년 준비해" (in Korean). 26 October 2018.
  32. ^ "Please verify your request". Retrieved 7 May 2016.

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