New South Korean startup airline begins operations

Aero K Airbus A320 aircraft
A computer rendering of Aero K's first Airbus jet. Image: © Airbus

South Korean startup carrier Aero K has started commercial operations on April 15 with an inaugural flight from Cheongju to Jeju.

Aero K selected Cheongju International Airport, which is located south of South Korean capital Seoul, as the base for its flight operations.

Back in 2016, the German company Intro Aviation invested in the airline. But Aero K only received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in December 2020 – about two years later than originally planned.

The low-cost carrier had already received its first of three second-hand Airbus A320 jet in February of last year. The aircraft was previously flying for Alaska Airlines and is already 14 years old. In 2007, it was delivered to Virgin America, which merged with Alaska Airlines three years ago.

Air Premia, another new startup carrier from South Korea, took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft two weeks ago. However, the airline still awaits its AOC license to start operations.