Jeju Air has become Bombardier's first South Korean regional airline customer for its Q400 turboprop with an order for five of the type, plus three options. The firm order contract is valued at $120 million.

Jeju Air was formed in January by the Aekyung Group and the Jeju Provincial Government to provide low-fare air services between Jeju Island, a popular vacation destination, and the South Korean mainland.

Jeju Air says it will initially link Jeju Island with Seoul-Kimpo, Pusan, Taegu and Cheongju. The airline plans to begin operations in time for the peak summer travel season in 2006. This latest Q400 order takes the aircraft's firm order book to 147.

Source: Flight Daily News