Among the new South Korean low cost carriers that have been granted their business licenses earlier this year, Air Premia has gotten attention for its proposed “hybrid” model – offering a low fare, premium service on long and medium-haul routes out of South Korea. According to the airline’s website and press statements, fares would be around 80-90% of what is offered by South Korea’s full service carriers Asiana and Korean Air long haul routes. With flights scheduled to start in 2020, the new airline has revealed first details of what travelers can expect on their Boeing 787s.
The 787s will have 309 seats offering 56 premium with a 42 inch seat pitch, and 253 economy with a 35 inch seat pitch. With the seat configuration, Air Premia has selected Recaro to provide the seats – the PL3530 for the premium economy and CL3710 for the regular economy seats.
Recaro PL3530 Seats - Premium Economy
Recaro CL3710 Seats - Economy
Beyond the Recaro seats and the configuration, the cabin interiors and other amenities are expected to be revealed leading up to Air Premia’s inaugural flights.
Dr Jong Chul Kim, CEO of Air Premia stated, “As a hybrid airline we promise our passengers a combination of comfort and quality at a reasonable price. This ensures our passengers the best travel experience, but also helps us to be as cost-efficient as possible by reducing fuel burn and hence costs.”
Air Premia is looking to offer medium/long-haul routes departing Seoul-Incheon to North America, Europe, and the Pacific. Among the destinations that have been identified include Los Angeles and San Jose in the West Coast of the US. Other potential destinations that have been identified include Honolulu, Vancouver, and Cairns, Australia.