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Korean startup Air Premia chooses Boeing 787-9 to begin operations

Seoul - The Korean startup Air Premia chose Boeing 787-9 to begin operations. The airline has signed a leasing agreement with the American Lease Corporation for three Dreamliners.

The new Korean airline plans to start scheduled flight later this year.

The first Dreamliner will be delivered in July this year. The second aircraft will join the airline in September and the third in November respectively.

The use of wide-body jets by a startup low-cost is not very common since they usually opt for smaller planes at first, like the Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and Airbus A321.

But Air Premia mainly targets the medium and long haul routes and wants to differentiate itself from other local low-cost carriers that generally focus on shorter routes.

Air Premia will initially deploy its Dreamliners on the routes to Asian destinations such as Vietnam, Japan, and Hong Kong, but it will add new destinations its in the western part of the United States and Europe from 2021.

The Seoul-based carrier will compete Korean Air and Asiana on these routes.

Air Premia said that it will stick to its previously announced one-plane fleet strategy for lower maintenance costs and standard flight crew training.

The company plans to reach ten Boeing 787-9 in five years to expand its network to the new markets.