Air Premia is a proposed South Korean hybrid carrier, founded by former JEJU air president Kim Jong Chul. The start-up had expected to commence by Sep-2020, operating wide body aircraft on medium and long-haul services to destinations in Southeast Asia and the United States in 2021. It was founded in Jul-2017, with Air Premia securing a business license on 04-Mar-2019. Air Premia plans to operate ten Boeing 787-9s within five years, with a seat configuration of economy and premium economy.
On 11-May-2020, Air Premia CEO Kim Se-young reported the start up airline aims to commence operations by Oct-2020, despite the impact of coronavirus on travel demand. However, the Air Premia launch has been further pushed back. The airline is still in the process of gaining its AOC, and delivery of its aircraft has been delayed. The first 787 was expected to arrive in early Nov-2020.
In Jan-2021, Air Premia advised it expects to receive its air operator's certificate (AOC) from South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Feb-2021. The start-up airline also expects to take delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 787-9, in Feb-2021.
On 17-Feb-2021, South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport extended the timeframe for Air Premia to launch their inaugural operation to retain their operating licence from 05-Mar-2021 to 31-Dec-2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Air Premia expects to take delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 787-9, in early Apr-2021. The start-up airline will take delivery of a second and third 787-9 by the end of 2021.
In May-2021, Air Premia was seeking approval from South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) to commence Seoul Gimpo-Jeju service in Jul-2021. The start-up airline expects to take delivery of its second aircraft in Jun-2021 and its third aircraft in 2H2021, both aircraft are Boeing 787-9s.
Air Premia aims to commence Seoul Incheon-Los Angeles service in early 2022, pending approval from South Korea and US civil aviation authorities.
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