10 Facts About Air Koryo


Air Koryo is the state-owned national airline of North Korea, headquartered in Sunan-guyok, Pyongyang.

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In March 2010, Air Koryo was allowed to resume operations into the EU with their Tu-204 aircraft, which were fitted with the necessary equipment to comply with mandatory international standards.

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In 2011, Air Koryo inaugurated services to Kuwait City, being operated weekly by Tu-204 aircraft.

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In 2012, Air Koryo resumed flights to Kuala Lumpur but ceased the service in 2014 along with its expansion into Harbin, China.

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In 2017, during the rule of North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, there were signs that Air Koryo was branching out into commercial sectors beyond aviation, providing goods and services as diverse as petrol stations, taxis, tobacco, soft drinks, and tinned pheasant meat.

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The first Air Koryo flight operated by a Tu-154 touched down at Seoul's Incheon International Airport.

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Air Koryo operated 40 return services to Seoul, along with flights into Yangyang and Busan in South Korea.

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In 2014, Air Koryo operated a series of services to Seoul Incheon International Airport with Tu-204 and An-148 aircraft for the Asian Games.

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Air Koryo operated an airline interline partnership with Aeroflot on services radiating from Vladivostok and Pyongyang until 2017 when it was forced to close the agreement due to newly imposed sanctions.

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The Korean name Air Koryo is painted above the windows and a North Korean flag is painted on the vertical stabilizer.

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