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South Korea is a country in north-eastern Asia that occupies the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea is bordered on the north by North Korea, on the east by the East Sea (Sea of Japan), on the southeast and south by the Korea Strait, which separates it from Japan, and on the west by the Yellow Sea. It has a total area of 99,268 sq km (38,328 sq mi), including numerous offshore islands in the south and west, the largest of which is Cheju (area, 1845 sq km/713 sq mi). The state of South Korea was established in 1948 following the post-World War II partitioning of the peninsula between the occupying forces of the United States in the south and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in the north. The capital and largest city of South Korea is Seoul
Amendments  

16 May 2018

Air Premia is a planned scheduled carrier to be based out of Seoul Incheon International (ICN) [added]

17 Mar 2018

Air Daegu was a start-up LCC that did not commence operations as advertised in 2016 but intends to start in 2019 out of Daegu International (TAE) [updated]

02 Mar 2018

Guardians Airline is a planned cargo airlines based out of Cheong Ju International (CJJ) [added]

Aero K  added: 2017 + last update: 01Jan2018
Status : Unsure if still planned

Dates :

(2017)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : K-Air Aviation >Aero K
Comments : K-Air Aviation (2016 - 2017) was rebranded as Aero K. Planned scheduled carrier based out of Cheong Ju International (CJJ)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Air Busan   
Status : Active

Dates :

2008 - date
Airline Code : BX : ABL
Genealogy : Busan International Air >Air Busan
Comments : Air Busan was established in Aug2007 & started operations on 27Oct2008 as Busan International Air. Busan based regional carrier
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Air Daegu  last update: 20Mar2018
Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Daegu was a start-up LCC that did not commence operations as advertised in 2016 but intends to start in 2019 out of Daegu International (TAE)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Air Incheon   
Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Incheon was founded in 2012 as a cargo carrrier
Aircraft : B.737-400
Air Korea   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2007)
Airline Code : LJ : JNA
Genealogy : Air Korea >Jin Air
Comments : Jin Air was formed as Air Korea in 2007 and renamed before commencing operations
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Air Korea (Han Jin Transportation Company)  last update: 23May2018
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1961 - 1968
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Korea was granted an air transportation license in 1960 as a cargo carrier
Aircraft : CV.240
Air Philip  added: 30Jan2018
Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Philip is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Seoul Gimpo (GMP)
Aircraft : ERJ-145 | ERJ-170 | ERJ-190
Air Pohang  added: 2017 + last update: 08Feb2018
Status : Active

Dates :

2018 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Pohang is a proposed carrier to be based at Pohang Airport. The carrier plans to operate scheduled services to Gimpo and Jeju initially, before expanding operations to Ulleung, Heuksan, Yeosu and Incheon routes. Delayed until mid 1Q2018. Started operations on 07Feb2018
Aircraft : Bombardier CRJ200
Air Premia  added: 16May2018
Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Premia is a planned scheduled carrier to be based out of Seoul Incheon International (ICN)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Air Seoul   
Status : Active

Dates :

2016 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Seoul has secured its business licence from the South Korean Ministry of Land. Started operations on 11Jul2016
Aircraft : Nil at this time
AirAsia Korea   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2014)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : AirAsia Korea's launch plans were halted after the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) issued a decree prohibiting local airlines from setting up low-cost joint-venture operations with foreign carriers
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Asiana   
Status : Active

Dates :

1989 - date
Airline Code : OZ : AAR
Genealogy : Seoul Air International >Asiana
Comments : Asiana was established on 17Feb1988 & started operations as Seoul Air International 23Dec1988
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Asiana Cargo   
Status : Active

Dates :

1990 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Busan International Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2008)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Busan International Air >Air Busan
Comments : Air Busan was formed as Busan International Air and renamed prior to launch
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Chung Cheong Airlines (Chungcheong Airlines)   
Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Daeyang Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Eastar Jet   
Status : Active

Dates :

2009 - date
Airline Code : ZE : ESR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Eastar Jet was established by major shareholder Eastar Group. Inaugurated its first domestic service, Seoul to Jeju, on 07Jan2009 & launched international services on 24Dec2009, with a flight from Incheon to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.
Aircraft : Nil at this time
FlyYangYang  added: 2017 + last update: 03Jan2018
Status : Unsure if still planned

Dates :

(2017)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : FlyYangYang is a proposed scheduled Carrier based at Yangyang International (YNY)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Guardians Airline  added: 02Mar2018
Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Guardians Airline is a planned cargo airlines based out of Cheong Ju International (CJJ)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Hansung Airlines   
Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2005 - 2008
Airline Code : HS : HAN
Genealogy : Hansung Airlines >T'Way Air
Comments : Hansung Airlines received its AOC on 25Aug2005 but it was withdrawn on 17Oct2008. Stopped flying on 18Oct2008. Restarted as T'Way Air on 16Sep2010
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Heli Korea  added: 04Nov2017
Status : Active

Dates :

1996* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Heli Korea was founded in 1996 & is located at Daehwa-dong, Daedeok-gu and Daejeon-si Korea. It is a helicopter air transportation service company
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Incheon Tiger Airways   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
JB Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2007)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Jeju Airlines  last update: 15Mar2018
Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : 7C : JJA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Jeju Air was established in Jan2005 and began operations on 02Jun2006. On 11Jul2008, Jeju Air made its first international flight from Jeju to Hiroshima
Aircraft : Boeing 737-800
Jin Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

2008 - date
Airline Code : LJ : JNA
Genealogy : Air Korea >Jin Air
Comments : Jin Air was formed as Air Korea in 2007 & renamed before commencing operations on 17Jul2008
Aircraft : Nil at this time
K-Air  added: 2017 + last update: 11Dec2017
Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2016 - 2017
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : K-Air Aviation >Aero K
Comments : K-Air Aviation (2016 - 2017) was rebranded as Aero K. Planned scheduled carrier based out of Cheong Ju International (CJJ)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Kair Airlines  added: 2017
Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Kair Airlines will be based at Cheongju, and aims to start operations in 2018 using A.320s
Aircraft : Nil at this time
KNA (Korean National Airlines)  last update: 12Mar2018
Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1946* - 1962
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Korean National Airlines was formed in 1949 by the Korean Gorvernment. All its aircraft were seized by the Government in 1950 when North Korea invaded. The airline resumed services in 1952. In 1962 it folded because of of low demand & the inability to compete with foreign carriers
Aircraft : Stinson Voyager | C.47/DC.3 | DC.4
Korea Express Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

2005* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Korea Express Air is an air taxi airline that was formed in 2005
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Korean Air  last update: 14Mar2018
Status : Active

Dates :

1984 - date
Airline Code : KE : KAL
Genealogy : Korean Airlines >Korean Air
Comments : Korean Air was founded by the South Korean government in 1962 as Korean Air Lines to replace Korean National Airlines, which was founded in 1946. Renamed on 01Mar1984 - Korean Air, is the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea based on fleet size, international destinations and international flights. The airline's global headquarters are located in Seoul, Republic of Korea
Aircraft : B.747-8i | A.300-600A.300-600R | A.300B4 | A.300C4 | A.300F4 | A.330-200 | A.330-300 | A.380-800 | B.707 | B.737-700 | B.737-800 | B.737-900 | B.737-900ER | B.747-200 | B.747-200F | B.747-300 | B.747-300SF | B.747-400 | B.747-400C | B.777-200ER | B.777-300 | B.777-300ER | B.787-9 | CASA C-212 | Cessna Citation Ultra | DC.10 | F.100 | MD.11
Korean Air Cargo   
Status : Active

Dates :

2001* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Korean Airlines   
Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1962* - 1984
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Korean Airlines >Korean Air
Comments : Korean Air was founded by the South Korean government in 1962 as Korean Air Lines to replace Korean National Airlines, which was founded in 1946. Renamed on 01Mar1984
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Kostar Airlines   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Nambu Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2016)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : LCC start-up Nambu Air was officially launched
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Pocheon Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2011)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Prime Air  added: 06Nov2017 + last update: 05Jan2018
Status : Unsure if still planned

Dates :

(2017)
Airline Code : -- : URI
Genealogy : uSKY Air >Prime Air
Comments : Prime Air was re-branded from uSKY Air (2014-2016) but did not start operations
Aircraft : Nil at this time
PurpleJet   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Seoul Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Seoul Air International   
Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1988 - 1989
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Seoul Air International >Asiana
Comments : Asiana started operations as Seoul Air International 23Dec1988
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Seoul Air   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2015)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
T'Way Air  last update: 14Feb2018
Status : Active

Dates :

2010 - date
Airline Code : TW : TWB
Genealogy : Hansung Airlines >T'Way Air
Comments : T'Way Air was established on 08Aug2010 & started operations on 16Sep2010 (Scheduled domestic services. Hamsung Airlines ceased operations in 2008 and restarted again in 2010 following an input from the Toronto Savings Bank but under name T'Way Air)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
uSKY Air  last update: 2017
Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2015 - 2016
Airline Code : -- : URI
Genealogy : uSKY Air >Prime Air
Comments : Prime Air was re-branded from uSKY Air (2014-2016) but did not start operations
Aircraft : Nil at this time
Yeongnam Air  last update: 15Mar2018
Status : Inactive

Dates :

2008 - 2008
Airline Code : OE : ONA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Yeongnam Air was launched & commenced operations on 25Jul2008. Busan based regional carrier that ceased operations on 11Dec2008
Aircraft : Fokker F.100
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