Seoul - During the takeover ceremony of its 27th Boeing 737 last week, the low-cost operator Eastar Jet announced that it would receive two Boeing 737 MAX 8 next month making the airline first MAX operator in South Korea.

The ceremony was carried out at the Gimpo International airport with the attendance of employees and high ranking officials of the company.

The new Boeing 737-800 (HL8342) of the Korean carrier is configured to accommodate 189 passengers and will be deployed on international routes such as Japan and other Southeast Asian countries.

Meanwhile, the company plans to introduce two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in December. With the arrival of Boeing's next generation of jets, Eastar jet will become the first airline to operate MAX family planes in South Korea.

Boeing's next-generation single-aisles is designed to reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs, as well as improve operational efficiency. It is capable of operating on major heavy-duty routes of the company, including Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, with a maximum operating range of 3548 NM (6,570 km).

Founded on October 26, 2007, Eastar jet began operations on January 7, 2009, between Seoul and Jeju with a Boeing 737. After six months, on December 24, the airline launched its first international flight from Incheon to Kuching, Malaysia.

Eastar jet currently operates 17 Boeing 737-800 and two Boeing 737-900 (eight aircraft were already removed from the fleet) and serves on 33 routes to 26 destinations in ten countries.