Eastar Jet

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Eastar Jet
Eastar Jet Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2007
Focus cities
Alliance U-FLY Alliance
Fleet size 17
Destinations 22
Company slogan Exciting flying
Parent company KIC Group
Headquarters Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Key people Dal-Ho Kang (President)
Website www.eastarjet.com
Eastar Jet
Hangul 항공
Hanja 이스타航空
Revised Romanization Iseuta Hanggong
McCune–Reischauer Isŭt'a Hanggong

Eastar Jet (ESR) (Hangul이스타 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 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.

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


Eastar Jet operates flights to the following destinations (as of July 2016):[3]

[Base] Base
[Focus] Focus city
[Future] Future Destinations
City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Seoul Republic of Korea GMP RKSS Gimpo International Airport [Main base]
Seoul Republic of Korea ICN RKSI Incheon International Airport [Base]
Cheongju Republic of Korea CJJ RKTU Cheongju International Airport
Gunsan Republic of Korea KUV RKJK Gunsan Airport
Jeju Republic of Korea CJU RKPC Jeju International Airport [Focus]
Jinan China TNA ZSJN Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Ningbo China NGB ZSNB Ningbo Lishe International Airport[4]
Shanghai China PVG ZSPD Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shenyang China SHE ZYTX Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong HKG VHHH Hong Kong International Airport
Taipei Taiwan TPE RCTP Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport[5]
Taipei Taiwan TSA RCSS Taipei Songshan Airport
Fukuoka Japan FUK RJFF Fukuoka Airport[6]
Naha Japan OKA ROAH Naha Airport[7]
Osaka Japan KIX RJBB Kansai International Airport
Tokyo Japan NRT RJAA Narita International Airport
Bangkok Thailand BKK VTBS Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Phuket Thailand HKT VTSP Phuket International Airport
Kota Kinabalu Malaysia BKI WBKK Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Siem Reap Cambodia REP VDSR Siem Reap International Airport


Eastar Jet's Gunsan base is one of the airports in Asia being considered a secondary base for a Southern Asian affiliate, Eastar Jet for one-stop flights to Southeast Asia.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

The airline has Codeshare agreement with the following airline:


An Eastar Jet Boeing 737-700 landing at Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan. (2012)
An Eastar Jet Boeing 737-800 departs Narita International Airport, Tokyo, Japan. (2012)

The Easter Jet fleet includes the following aircraft, with an average age of 12.1 years (as of August 2016):[8]

Eastar Jet fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
Y Total
Boeing 737-700 3 149 149
Boeing 737-800 14 183
Total 17

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.

Retired Fleet[edit]

An Eastar Jet Boeing 737-600
Eastar Jet Retired Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-600 1 131 Former Scandinavian Airlines
Boeing 737-700 3 149 Former Easy Jet
Total 4


Eastar Jet's Gunsan base is one of the airports in Asia being considered a secondary base for a Southern Asian affiliate, Eastar Jet for one-stop flights to Southeast Asia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Office addresses". Eastar Air Inc. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 97. 
  3. ^ "December Flights Schedules". Eastar Air Inc. December 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "EastarJet Adds Cheongju – Ningbo Service from late-March 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "EastarJet Adds Seoul Incheon - Taipei Taoyuan Service from late-March 2016". Airlineroute.net. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "EastarJet Delays Fukuoka Launch to late-July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Eastarjet Adds Seoul - Okinawa Service from late-Oct 2015". Airlineroute.net. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Eastar Jet Fleet - Planespotters.net

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