Eastar Jet

Eastar Jet (ESR) (Korean이스타 항공; RRIseuta Hanggong) is a South Korean low-cost airline with its headquarters in Banghwa-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul.[2] On January 7, 2009, Eastar Jet made its maiden flight from Gimpo International Airport to Jeju International Airport. Now, the airline operates a scheduled passenger network to 14 destinations in eight countries. Its main base is Gimpo International Airport, with a hub at Jeju International Airport.[3]

Eastar Jet
이스타 항공
Eastar Jet Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
ZE ESR EASTAR
Founded26 October 2007 (13 years ago) (2007-10-26)
Operating bases
AllianceU-FLY Alliance
SubsidiariesThai Eastar Jet[1]
Fleet size4
Destinations21
Parent companyEastar Jet Group
HeadquartersGangseo-gu, Seoul
Key peopleJong-koo Choi (President)
Websitewww.eastarjet.com
Eastar Jet
Hangul
Hanja
이스타航空
Revised RomanizationIseuta Hanggong
McCune–ReischauerIsŭt'a Hanggong

Eastar Jet carried 3 million domestic passengers and 2.9 million international passengers in 2018. Its international traffic has doubled over the past three years and its domestic traffic has grown by nearly 50%, indicating a stronger focus on domestic growth while the other Korean low-cost carriers are focusing on the international market.[4]

HistoryEdit

Eastar Jet 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.

The airline joined the U-FLY Alliance on July 27, 2016; it is the fifth member of the alliance.[5]

On 2 March 2020, Jeju Air, one of the Korean Low Cost Carrier has decided to take over management rights of Eastar Jet and signed a stock trading contract and Jeju Air acquires 51.17% stake of Eastar Jet cost of 54.5 billion won.[6] and Jeju Air's M&A plan got approval from Fair Trade Commission of the Republic of Korea.[7] However, on 23 July 2020, Jeju Air announced that it was to give up the acquisition of Eastar Jet due to economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[8][9]

In August 2020, Eastar Jet push forward to re-mergers and acquisitions and selected three companies.[10] Eastar Jet also began restructuring, the plan includes reduction of its fleet of 16 aircraft to 4 and reduce the labor force from 1,200 to 400, however, Jeju Air will rehire all of its dismissed staff.[11]

On June 17 2021, it was announced that Eastar Jet is set to be acquired for more than US$97 million by property developer and preferred bidder Sung Jung, following an auction for the airline.[12]

DestinationsEdit

As of May 2021, Eastar Jet operates flights to the following destinations:[13]

On March 2020, Eastar Jet announced they will suspend then entire flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
  Cambodia Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport Terminated [15]
  China Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport [13]
Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport [16]
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport [13]
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport [13]
Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport [13]
Macau Macau International Airport [17]
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport Terminated [18]
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport [13]
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport [13]
Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport [13]
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport [16]
  Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport [13][19]
Ibaraki Ibaraki Airport [13]
Kagoshima Kagoshima Airport [13]
Miyazaki Miyazaki Airport [13][20]
Naha Naha Airport [13][21]
Osaka Kansai International Airport [13]
Sapporo New Chitose Airport [13]
Tokyo Haneda Airport [13][22]
Narita International Airport [13]
  Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport [13]
  Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Saipan International Airport Terminated
  Philippines Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa International Airport [13][23]
  Russia Vladivostok Vladivostok International Airport Seasonal [24]
  Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Unscheduled Terminated [25]
  South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport [13]
Cheongju Cheongju International Airport [13]
Gunsan Gunsan Airport [13]
Jeju Jeju International Airport Focus city [13]
Seoul Gimpo International Airport Hub [13]
Incheon International Airport Hub [13]
  Taiwan Hualien Hualien Airport [13][26]
Kaohsiung Kaohsiung International Airport [13]
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport [13][27]
Songshan Airport [13]
  Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [13]
  Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [13][28]
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport [13][29][30]
Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport [13][31]
Phu Quoc Phu Quoc International Airport Seasonal [13]

Codeshare agreementsEdit

The airline has a codeshare agreement with following airlines.

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

As of May 2021, Eastar Jet operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[34][35][36][37]

Eastar Jet fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 2 183 All to be phased out
189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 4 189
Total 4 4

Retired FleetEdit

Eastar Jet has previously operated the following aircraft types:[38]

Eastar Jet retired fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-600 1 2008 2013
Boeing 737-700 6 2009 2018
Boeing 737-800 10 2012 2020
Boeing 737-900ER 2 2017 2020

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Office addresses". Eastar Air Inc. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 97.
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  6. ^ "제주항공, 이스타항공 인수 계약...545억 규모" (in Korean). YTN News. 2 March 2020.
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  21. ^ "Eastarjet Adds Seoul - Okinawa Service from late-Oct 2015". Airlineroute.net. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  22. ^ "EastarJet adds Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Haneda in Sep/Oct 2018". Routesonline. 20 August 2018.
  23. ^ "EastarJet adds Puerto Princesa service from late-Oct 2018". airlineroute. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  24. ^ "EastarJet adds Vladivostok service from June 2018".
  25. ^ "[International Flight] Notice on New Flights for Busan-Singapore Route (PUS-SIN)". www.eastarjet.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  26. ^ "EastarJet adds Hualien service in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  27. ^ "EastarJet Adds Seoul Incheon - Taipei Taoyuan Service from late-March 2016". Airlineroute.net. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  28. ^ "EastarJet plans Da Nang launch from mid-June 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  29. ^ "EastarJet adds Hanoi service from Nov 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  30. ^ Eastar Jet announcement
  31. ^ "EastarJet expands Vietnam network in Feb 2019". routesonline. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  32. ^ "Eastar Jet signs code-sharing deal with Chinese LCC". Yonhap News Agency. 24 July 2019.
  33. ^ "EastarJet / T'Way Airlines to Start Seoul – Taipei Codeshare Service from late-April 2013". routesonline. 8 April 2013.
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  38. ^ "Eastar Jet Fleet Details and History - Historic Fleet". Planespotters.net. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.

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