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A time machine journey back in time visit to North Korea to fly on the Soviet-era airliners of Air Koryo

Air Koryo (Pyongyang) is the state-run flag carrier of secretive North Korea.

The airline describes itself:

Air Koryo is the unique national flag carrier in DPR Korea. Company was established in 1955. The name was “Chosonminhang” at that time. The company was renamed as Air Koryo in 1992 by a decision of the Government. Today, the company makes direct flights to Beijing, Vladivostok and Shenyang.

Air Koryo An-148-100B business class (Air Koryo)(LR)

Above Photo: Air Koryo. On Facebook Air Koryo touts its newest product, the pictured business class on Air Koryo’s Antonov An-148-100B (P-671). The An-148-100B aircraft which operates on selected regional international services, features 8 business class seats.


Above Photo. Sam Chui/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Koryo has slightly updated its livery with a new waving flag logo on the tail. Antonov A-24B P-537 displays the revised look.

Air Koryo logo-1

Despite being secretive, North Korea does open its curtain for aviation enthusiast trips to view its Soviet-era fleet. Writer Aram Pan joined one these trips and reported back on his trip for the Daily Mail in Australia. Sarah Dean has written the story.

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Top Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Richard also travelled to North Korea. Air Koryo’s classic turboprop Ilyushin Il-18D P-835 (msn 188011205) awaits its next trip at Samjiyon, North Korea.

Air Koryo: AG Slide Show

Air Koryo Aircraft Slide Show:

Video: By Sam Chui. Flying on the rare Ilyushin Il-18 ion North Korea:

Video: By Sam Chui. Sam records his trip to North Korea while flying on the Ilyushin Il-18 and the Antonov An-148: