Air Koryo, The flag carrying airline of the DPRK launched a new website this week promising “a convenient reservation … day and night”. We’ve been using Air Koryo for many years now for our popular Kim Il Sung and Arirang Mass Games tours, among many others.
Air Koryo up in 1950, under the name Sokao – an airline ran by the Soviet Union and the DPRK. to connect Pyongyang with Moscow. They fly mainly Tupolev aircraft on its international flights to China and Malaysia, our customers have noted that it provides a rare opportunity to fly on Russian aircraft, rather than the European Airbus or American Boeing used by most western large airlines. The new website probably the first by a flag carrier airline to not be of any use to residents of it’s flag carrying country, as internet isn’t readily available to citizens of the DPRK
More recently through, Koryo has been probably most famous for being the only airline to have a 1 star rating on Skytrax, and of course for being banned from the EU. But times are changing. In the past five years Air Koryo has bought some shiny new aircraft, vastly lowering the fleet’s average age, and they’re well on their way to being allowed back into EU airspace after showing their new, safer, aircraft to the European Commission.
This isn’t the first time Air Koryo have had an online presence, but it is the first official site. It was recently discovered that the airline’s tremendously popular Facebook page is run by Russian pilots who managed fooled the world into believing the page was official for 2 years.
If you want the opportunity to fly with Air Koryo, YPT are offering a free inbound flight on all 2013 DPRK tours booked before the end of the year..