Boeing and Air Premia have announced the Korean start-up airline plans to buy five 787-9 Dreamliners, following an agreement to lease three 787-9s from Air Lease Corporation earlier this year. Air Premia, which plans to launch operations in 2020 is poised to become South Korea’s second Dreamliner operator.
Boeing said that the commitment, valued at $1.4 billion at list prices, will be reflected on its Orders & Deliveries website when it is finalised.
The airline’s CEO, Peter Sim, commented: “This is an exciting decision for Air Premia as we look to deliver a world-class experience to our customers, while also operating the most fuel efficient fleet.
“With the 787-9’s superior fuel efficiency and range capabilities, this investment fits perfectly with our unique business model and will position Air Premia for sustainable long-term growth.”
With its base at Seoul Incheon International Airport (IATA: ICN), Air Premia announced its plan to launch operations in September 2020. The carrier said it will initially operate regionally in Asia before expanding its network to Los Angeles and San Jose by 2021.