Korean Air (KAL) has appointed Jae Kun Kim as CEO of its new low-cost carrier Air Korea which plans to launch in July with services on the Seoul-Gimpo route using Boeing 737-800s.
A KAL spokesman in Seoul says Kim previously “was in the sales department of KAL and was also a team leader for Southeast Asia route development”.
He says the airline is on track to launch in July as planned and its first scheduled service will be from Seoul Gimpo to the South Korean island of Jeju.
This is the country’s busiest domestic route and Jeju is a popular tourist destination for South Koreans.
Air Korea this year will have a fleet of two 737-800s and two Airbus A300-600s and all these aircraft will be leased from KAL, says the spokesman.
Early next month the carrier will have recruited a total of 70 employees, the number required for launch, and by year-end it will have launched services to more destinations and increased its workforce to 120, he says.
Air Korea already has offices at Seoul Gimpo, Busan and Jeju airports, says the spokesman, who confirms Air Korea plans to also launch services on the Seoul Gimpo-Busan route. Busan is South Korea’s second largest city.
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