Eastar Jet (Hangul: 이스타 항공; RR: Iseuta Hanggong) is a low-cost airline with its headquarters on the second floor of Yangseo B/D in Banghwa 2-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. On January 7, 2009, Eastarjet made its maiden flight from Gimpo International Airport(RKSS) to Jeju International Airport(RKPC). Now, it operates services to regional destinations such as Cheongju(RKTU) and Gunsan(RKJK). Its main base is Gimpo International Airport, with a hub at Jeju International Airport, Seoul. Eastar Jet is a scheduled airline headquartered in Seoul near Gimpo Airport. It is part of the KIC Group. (New Name ; Eastar Group). The airline provides short and long-haul services mostly to leisure destinations from its four bases at Seoul, Gunsan, Cheongju and Jeju.
Eastar Jet was established on October 26, 2007 and acquired its Air Operator's Certificate the following year on August 6, 2008. On December 9, 2008, it launched its trial flight and in less than a month on January 7, 2009, Eastar Jet launched its first commercial flight from Seoul to Jeju with a Boeing 737. In the next five months, the airline launched 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 operating commercial flights, the airline reached the 1 million mark in passenger carried on January 6, 2010. On April 17, 2010, Eastar Jet launched its Phuket, Thailand route.
Eastar Jet holds the highest Load Factor(about 86% average) in 2009 in the Gimpo-Jeju route among domestic airlines in South Korea beating major airlines such as Korean Air and Asiana Airlines. In April 2009, the Korea Consumer Satisfaction Board announced that Eastar Jet took the first ranking in the best service of scheduling & operation and cabin service.
Eastar Jet chose a single aircraft type fleet which allows for greater efficiency in maintenance and support of the low-cost structure. And when it comes to selecting this single aircraft fleet, Eastar Jet has opted for new generation Boeing 737-600/700, taking a cue from the successful single operating type model pioneered by Southwest Airlines and EasyJet. The airline will use the Boeing 737NG. The first aircraft delivery, a nine year old 737-600 took place in November 2008 from Flyglobespan, and the next are 737-700 from EasyJet. The airline plans to have a fleet of 10 aircraft by the end of 2010.