South Korea's Jeju Air phasing out Q400s

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South Korean carrier Jeju Air has put its four Bombardier Q400s up for sale because it wants to add Boeing 737s instead.

A source at Jeju Air says the carrier is still operating the four Q400s but the aircraft are available for sale along with an inventory of Q400 spare parts and two spare engines.

According to Flightglobal's ACAS database the aircraft were built in 2006. The airline originally had five Q400s but one skidded off a runway in August 2007 and was so badly damaged it never returned to service.

The Q400s are being phased out because Jeju Air wants to simplify its fleet and only operate Boeing 737s, says the source.

In March it added a 737-800 on lease from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) and in September it is adding another 737-800 from a small leasing company that GECAS introduced the airline to, says the source.

The source also says Jeju Air is in the market to lease a fifth 737-800 in November.

Jeju Air mostly operates domestically from Jeju island to points on the Korean Peninsula but it has two routes to Japan and plans to launch more services to that country, adds the source.