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Air Premia selects ECS Group as its GSA

Air Premia selects ECS Group as its GSA

Globe Air Cargo (GAC) Korea, a subsidiary of ECS Group, is to serve as GSA to Korea’s young and ambitious hybrid service carrier, Air Premia, in its home market.

There is a Korean proverb: “bogi joeun tteogi meokgido jota” which translates literally into “good-looking tteok [rice cake] tastes good”, and means “if it looks good, it’ll likely taste good.”

Seoul-based GAC Korea, and match it with Air Premia, the first Korean hybrid service carrier (HSC) with a serious interest in air cargo, and the result is a very promising tteok. Both companies share the same drive and corporate values that point to a long and successful business partnership, and both operate out of Incheon International Airport (ICN), Seoul, Korea. In accordance with the signed Cargo General Sales Agency Agreement (GSA), GAC Korea fulfils daily operational duties for Air Premia, which include cargo sales, reservations, and ensuring the handling of regular and full charter flights. In addition to this bespoke home market GSA service, ECS Group also represents Air Premia all of the world.

HE Shin, CEO of Globe Air Cargo Korea, details: “GAC Korea and Air Premia truly act as one team, since we have been there from the start of its inaugural passenger to cargo (P2C) flight out of Seoul to Singapore on 24 December 2021. We are proud to have the opportunity to support Air Premia at its homebase, as its very first GSA since the airline was established in 2017. As part of the world’s largest integrated GSSA, we look forward to driving Air Premia’s success as it expands its network. We particularly welcome the launch of Air Premia’s Los Angeles route in August 2022, not only because it will be the first HSC in Korea to incorporate a US destination, but also because ECS Group will be opening an office in Los Angeles (LAX), too, to manage sales out of the North and South America. In that respect, thanks to Air Premia’s network, ICN is an important hub for ECS Group.”

In addition to its upcoming LAX launch, Air Premia will be connecting to Narita (NRT), Japan, in August 2022. To date, GAC Korea has assisted with Mango B787-9 charters between ICN and Bangkok (BKK) since 06 March 2022, with a total of 22 operations planned every Tuesday and Sunday until 22 May 2022. Air Premia serves Singapore (SIN) twice a week with P2C flights, and recently began twice-weekly Ho Chi Minh (SGN), Vietnam, P2C operations. The airline has ambitious fleet growth plans, adding two B787-9 aircrafts every year until 2025 and growing to ten at 2026, by which time it also plans to operate wide-body freighters.

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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