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Eastar Jet (ESR) (Korean이스타 항공; RRIseuta Hanggong) is a low-cost airline with its headquarters in Banghwa-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.[1] 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.[2]

Eastar Jet
이스타 항공
Eastar Jet Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Focus cities
AllianceU-FLY Alliance
Fleet size21
Company sloganExciting flying
Parent companyEastar Jet Group
HeadquartersGangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Key peopleJong-koo Choi (President)
Eastar Jet
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 international market.[3]



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.


As of May 2019, Eastar Jet operates flights to the following destinations:[4]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cambodia Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport Terminated [5]
China Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport [6]
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport [7]
Ibaraki Ibaraki Airport
Kagoshima Kagoshima Airport
Miyazaki Miyazaki Airport [8]
Naha Naha Airport [9]
Osaka Kansai International Airport
Sapporo New Chitose Airport
Tokyo Haneda International Airport [10]
Narita International Airport
Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Saipan International Airport
Philippines Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa International Airport [11]
Russia Vladivostok Vladivostok International Airport Seasonal [12]
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Unscheduled Terminated [13]
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport
Cheongju Cheongju International Airport
Gunsan Gunsan Airport
Jeju Jeju International Airport Focus city
Seoul Gimpo International Airport Hub
Incheon International Airport Hub
Taiwan Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport [14]
Taipei Songshan Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport [15]
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport Terminated [16]
Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport [17]
Phu Quoc Phu Quoc International Airport Seasonal

Codeshare agreementsEdit

The airline has a codeshare agreement with T'way Air.[18]


As of May 2019, Eastar Jet operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[19][20][21][22]

Eastar Jet fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 17 183
Boeing 737-900ER 2 213
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 4 189
Total 21 4

Retired FleetEdit

Eastar Jet has previously operated the following aircraft types:[23]

Eastar Jet retired fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-600 1 2008 2013
Boeing 737-700 6 2009 2018

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Office addresses". Eastar Air Inc. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 97.
  3. ^ "South Korea aviation market: a decade of rapid growth driven by LCCs". CAPA. 2 June 2019.
  4. ^ "December Flights Schedules". Eastar Air Inc. December 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  5. ^ "EastarJet to Resume Seoul – Siem Reap Service from Dec 2013". airlineroute. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  6. ^ "EastarJet Adds Cheongju – Ningbo Service from late-March 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  7. ^ "EastarJet Delays Fukuoka Launch to late-July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "EastarJet adds Miyazaki service from Dec 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Eastarjet Adds Seoul - Okinawa Service from late-Oct 2015". 22 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  10. ^ "EastarJet adds Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Haneda in Sep/Oct 2018". Routesonline. 20 August 2018.
  11. ^ "EastarJet adds Puerto Princesa service from late-Oct 2018". airlineroute. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  12. ^ "EastarJet adds Vladivostok service from June 2018".
  13. ^ "[International Flight] Notice on New Flights for Busan-Singapore Route (PUS-SIN)". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  14. ^ "EastarJet Adds Seoul Incheon - Taipei Taoyuan Service from late-March 2016". 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  15. ^ "EastarJet plans Da Nang launch from mid-June 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  16. ^ "EastarJet adds Hanoi service from Nov 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  17. ^ "EastarJet expands Vietnam network in Feb 2019". routesonline. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  18. ^ "EastarJet / T'Way Airlines to Start Seoul – Taipei Codeshare Service from late-April 2013". routesonline. 8 April 2013.
  19. ^ Editorial Board (21 December 2018). "Eastar jet achieves a milestone with the arrival of Boeing 737 MAX 8". Seoul. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Eastar Jet Fleet Details and History". 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  21. ^ Taylor, Ellis (2018-12-20). "PICTURE: Eastar Jet takes delivery of its first 737 Max [sic] 8". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  22. ^ "이스타항공, B737-맥스 2호기 도입식…연내 4대 추가 도입" (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. 2018-12-20.
  23. ^ "Eastar Jet Fleet Details and History - Historic Fleet". 31 August 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.

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