North Korea?s Flagship Airline, Air Koryo to Pyongyang [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

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    An Air Koryo Kim airplane is seen at Pudong International Airport as Kin Yong-nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, arrives Shanghai April 29, 2010. Reuters
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    An Air Koryo flight attendant prepares to welcome passengers onto Russian made Tupolev TU-204 plane for Beijing at the airport in North Korean capital of Pyongyang October 12, 2010. Reuters
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    An Air Koryo thrusts her hand in front of a photographer's camera lens on a plane bound for Pyongyang at the airport in Beijing October 9, 2010. Reuters
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    A ground staff of North Korean airliner Air Koryo prepares to welcome passengers onto the plane for Beijing at the airport in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang October 12, 2010. Reuters
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    A ground staff of North Korean airliner Air Koryo thrusts a hand in front of her face at the airport in North Korean capital of Pyongyang October 12, 2010. Reuters
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    Staff of North Korea's Air Koryo chat as they await North Koreans who will go back to their country after the Korea Peace Festival at an airport on South Korea's Cheju Island October 27, 2003. Some 190 North Korean athletes and officials competed with South Koreans in the joint sports and cultural festival. Reuters
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    An airplane of North Korea's Air Koryo is checked by South Korean workers as the airplane waits for the head of North Korea's delegation Kwon Ho-Ung and his delegation for Pyongyang at Incheon airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, after a four-day cabinet-level meeting June 24, 2005. The North Korean delegation returned home from the South on Friday with promises of more food aid but without agreeing when Pyongyang will return to six-party talks on ending its nuclear weapons programme. Reuters
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    A group of tourists from Shanghai, China arrive at an airport in Pyongyang on an Air Koryo Tupolev Tu-2004-300 passenger jet in this picture taken on July 1, 2011 and released on July 2, 2011 by North Korea's official news agency KCNA. KCNA said that the group was the first Chinese tourists to arrive in North Korea via the Shanghai-Pyongyang air route and the tourists will visit monuments in Pyongyang, the International Friendship Exhibition House, Panmunjom, Mt. Kumgang and Kaesong area during four nights and five days. Reuters
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    A group of tourists from Shanghai, China, pose upon their arrival at an airport in Pyongyang on an Air Koryo passenger jet in this picture taken on July 1, 2011 and released on July 2, 2011 by North Korea's official news agency KCNA. KCNA said that the group was the first Chinese tourists to arrive in North Korea via the Shanghai-Pyongyang air route and the tourists will visit monuments in Pyongyang, the International Friendship Exhibition House, Panmunjom, Mt. Kumgang and Kaesong area during four nights and five days. Reuters
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    The cockpit of the new livery, the Tupolev 204 Reuters
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    A North Korea's Air Koryo aircraft carrying the North's delegation leaves for Pyongyang after inter-Korean ministerial talks in Pusan, about 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Seoul July 13, 2006. Reuters
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    A North Korean Air Koryo plane carrying a high-level North Korean delegation led by Kim Ki-nam, secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party, and Kim Yang-gon, a senior party official with ties to the South, arrives at Gimpo Airport in Seoul August 21, 2009. Senior North Korean officials sent by leader Kim Jong-il arrived in the South on Friday to mourn former President Kim Dae-jung in a move that may signal a warming of ties between the rival states. Reuters
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    A North Korean Air Koryo plane carrying North Korean chief cabinet councillor Kwon Ho-Ung, leading a North Korean delegation, is seen at Inchon airport, west of Seoul, May 29, 2007 Reuters
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Air Koryo, North Korea's flagship airline, is headquartered in Pyongyang. The airline operates international scheduled and charter services to limited points in Asia and Europe.

As a joint Soviet-North Korean concern, Air Koryo was founded first under the name Sokao in 1950 to connect North Korea with Moscow. During the Korean War (1950-1953), services were suspended, but later resumed in 1953. The current airline was established in 1954, and began operations in September 1955.

Air Koryo currently employs social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in an effort to further its propaganda war against South Korea and the United States.

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