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South Korea Expected to Remove 737MAX Grounding Next Week

After 32 months of being grounded, Boeing has neared completion of getting the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft recertified to fly in South Korea. The aerospace manufacturer and customers of the Boeing aircraft are believed to get the green light to start operations again next week, following a grounding that has taken place since March 2019. This immediate change takes hold for one airline right now as Eastar Jet had taken delivery of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 models in the…

Eastar Jet Foresees Flight Resumptions In Feburary

The Seoul Bankruptcy Court has given a green light to Sung Jung, a South Korean property developer,  to acquire Eastar Jet — a struggling low-cost airline. The developer is trying to acquire an 80% stake in Eastar Jet for 108.7 billion South Korean wons ($97 million). Eastar Jet is expected…

Travel Bubble Between South Korea, Saipan Has Launched

South Korea and Saipan, the US territory in the Pacific Ocean have inked the travel bubble agreement. However, the travel demand was remained weak in South Korea as the country is seeing the fourth wave of the coronavirus. Asiana Airlines, the second largest carrier in South Korea, and Jeju Air,…

April Brings Renewed Life for Korean Aviation

The aviation industry in South Korea has seen a silver lining in spite of the country's fourth wave of coronavirus. AeroK, the brand-new Cheongju-based airline, will operate three flights each day between Cheongju to Jeju with its A320 starting on April 15. “Operation of our first scheduled flight had to…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 23: Airlines Under Pressure

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or through our distributor, Anchor. We…

Korean Air Resumes Flights to Tianjin, China

Korean Air will be resuming passenger flights to Tianjin in neighboring northeast China after five months of service suspension. Flights between Incheon International Airport and Tianjin were suspended in early February due to the COVID-19 outbreak in China. According to Korean Air, flights will run every two weeks on Tuesdays…

Aviation-Centered Mergers and Acquisition in South Korea Slow to a…

With COVID-19 raging throughout the world, the aviation industry has experienced its longest battle in decades. In South Korea, mergers and acquisitions have halted since the pandemic began, a development that has proven particularly impactful for the aviation industry and those looking to take part in it. HDC Hyundai Development…

Korean Carriers Seek Financial Support from Government

With the coronavirus pandemic raging through the world, the aviation industry is facing unprecedented times. South Korea, one of the hotspot outside China in Asia, could experience a nightmare scenario. The Korea Civil Aviation Association (KCA) demanded the government offer a bailout package to airlines amid the unparalleled crisis.  KCA…

Jeju Air Suspends Eastar Jet Purchase

Jeju Air, the largest budget carrier in South Korea, suspended its purchase of Eastar Jet, another low-cost carrier in Korea, due to the latest financial situation. According to Korean local media, Seok-Joo Lee, Chief Executive of Jeju Air stated if the current condition doesn’t improve, the industry leader would have…

Asiana LAX-Bound A380 Catches on Fire in Seoul

The engine of an Asiana Airlines Airbus A380 caught on fire during refueling at Incheon International Airport in Seoul on Friday afternoon. The plane, HL7652, was about to carry out flight OZ 202 to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Travelers inside the terminal saw smoke and sparks coming from the…