South Korean LCC Jin Air to get first of three B777s

Seoul, Gimpo-based Jin Air has unveiled its ambitious long term growth strategy which will see the South Korean low cost carrier (LCC) almost double its current fleet from 11 aircraft to 20 by the end of 2015.


South Korean LCC Jin Air to get first of three B777s


Seoul, Gimpo-based Jin Air has unveiled its ambitious long term growth strategy which will see the South Korean low cost carrier (LCC) almost double its current fleet from 11 aircraft to 20 by the end of 2015. Speaking during a press conference in Seoul in July, CEO Ma Won said the aircraft will include six B737-800s and three B777- 200(ER)s to be used in launching the Korean Air subsidiary’s first longhaul flights to Europe and the US. The first of the widebodies is expected this coming December with the other two due next year.

“As the first local low-cost carrier to take over wide-body jets, Jin Air will obtain the competitive edge in the market and lay the groundwork for sustainable growth,” he told the Korean Times. Ma said market saturation both at home and regionally had forced his airline to move into the international sector. As a result, Jin Air will add four new routes next year to China, Japan and Malaysia. Rival Air Busan is also said to be considering taking an initial two or three A330s for use in serving Australia, Hawaii, Turkey and Western Europe.