Behind The Air Koryo Facebook Page

November 16th, 2011
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Running since late 2009, Air Koryo’s Facebook page has received a fair amount of media attention in recent months, with articles surfacing in the Korea Times, Yonhap, the Taipei Times and a number of online social media magazines.  Having been set up not long after North Korean propagandists established official Twitter,

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  • http://www.facebook.com/leonid.petrov Leonid Petrov

    Well done, Tad! The site is obviousely being run by the Russian staff of Air Koryo which has weekly flights to/from Vladivostok (see the timetable here… http://www.ljinfo.narod.ru/DPRKtimetables.htm ).

    Their vested interest in the company must be in making people more aware of the airline and its services operated across Asia and, ocasionally, in Europe (where the airline is actually blacklisted).

    How much the moderators know about Korea is seen from their Facebook page title (조선민항 | Корё Ханггонг), which is mismatch akin to (현대 | Samsung) and does not make any sense. “조선민항” (Chosun Minhang) is the name of the domestic air carrier, while “Корё Ханггонг” is the Russian transliteration of 고려항공 (Koryo Hanggong) or international airline known as Air Koryo.

    In any case, Air Koryo Facebook site is a useful source of information about DPRK airline industry, which is one of the model businesses in the country. It is designed to generate hard currency revenue for the country and, therefore, is very efficient and client-oriented. It is always a pleasure to do business with their offices in Beijing and Berlin.

    Leonid Petrov

    http://www.LJinfo.narod.ru

    • http://twitter.com/nknewsorg nknews

      Thanks for your comment, Leonid.  Interesting about the name, I don’t know Korean or Russia, so hadn’t picked up on that.

      So do you think its authorized by Koryo?  I’m interested to know the Russian pilot from Vladivostok’s connection with the airline.  I doubt he flies there on Air Koryo’s behalf – but perhaps he was involved in training staff of the new Tupolev’s they acquired in 2009?
      The airline is efficient and client-oriented in the international realm, but unfortunately the domestic routes leave a lot to be desired. My most recent flight on an AN-24 internally was quite an experience!  Hostesses on cell phones through the flight, beer and drinks only for the Air Koryo staff sitting at the front, and a ban on photos!

      • http://www.facebook.com/leonid.petrov Leonid Petrov

        Air Koryo does not care what foreigners post on-line in their free time.

        Safety standards on domestic routes are very different than on international. See this hilarious music video “Baku-Moscow Flight” and have a sense of what it is like in the CIS (former USSR) air space …

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MAjTfpGJ9nc

  • http://www.facebook.com/leonid.petrov Leonid Petrov

    Well done, Tad! The site is obviousely being run by the Russian staff of Air Koryo which has weekly flights to/from Vladivostok (see the timetable here… http://www.ljinfo.narod.ru/DPRKtimetables.htm ).

    Their vested interest in the company must be in making people more aware of the airline and its services operated across Asia and, ocasionally, in Europe (where the airline is actually blacklisted).

    How much the moderators know about Korea is seen from their Facebook page title (조선민항 | Корё Ханггонг), which is mismatch akin to (현대 | Samsung) and does not make any sense. “조선민항” (Chosun Minhang) is the name of the domestic air carrier, while “Корё Ханггонг” is the Russian transliteration of 고려항공 (Koryo Hanggong) or international airline known as Air Koryo.

    In any case, Air Koryo Facebook site is a useful source of information about DPRK airline industry, which is one of the model businesses in the country. It is designed to generate hard currency revenue for the country and, therefore, is very efficient and client-oriented. It is always a pleasure to do business with their offices in Beijing and Berlin.

    Leonid Petrov

    http://www.LJinfo.narod.ru

    • http://twitter.com/nknewsorg NK NEWS

      Thanks for your comment, Leonid.  Interesting about the name, I don’t know Korean or Russia, so hadn’t picked up on that.

      So do you think its authorized by Koryo?  I’m interested to know the Russian pilot from Vladivostok’s connection with the airline.  I doubt he flies there on Air Koryo’s behalf – but perhaps he was involved in training staff of the new Tupolev’s they acquired in 2009?
      The airline is efficient and client-oriented in the international realm, but unfortunately the domestic routes leave a lot to be desired. My most recent flight on an AN-24 internally was quite an experience!  Hostesses on cell phones through the flight, beer and drinks only for the Air Koryo staff sitting at the front, and a ban on photos!

      • http://www.facebook.com/leonid.petrov Leonid Petrov

        Air Koryo does not care what foreigners post on-line in their free time.

        Safety standards on domestic routes are very different than on international. See this hilarious music video “Baku-Moscow Flight” and have a sense of what it is like in the CIS (former USSR) air space …

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MAjTfpGJ9nc

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  • Aidan Foster-Carter

    Great piece, Tad. 

    NK being as it is, fan-pages masquerading as official are not new. The most egregious was and still is http://www.korea-dpr.com/ . For years the BBC et al linked to this as an official DPRK site

    • http://www.nknews.org NK News

      Thanks aidan, glad it was of use. 

      Yes, that Korea-DPR one is still cited as being official at events in DC on occasion.   I’ve had to explain several times that it is KFA!

  • Aidan Foster-Carter

    Great piece, Tad. 

    NK being as it is, fan-pages masquerading as official are not new. The most egregious was and still is http://www.korea-dpr.com/ . For years the BBC et al linked to this as an official DPRK site

    • http://www.nknews.org NK News

      Thanks aidan, glad it was of use. 

      Yes, that Korea-DPR one is still cited as being official at events in DC on occasion.   I’ve had to explain several times that it is KFA!

  • Guest

    They’ve acknowledged that they are not from the airline before, just that they had close affiliation.

  • Guest

    They’ve acknowledged that they are not from the airline before, just that they had close affiliation.

  • http://twitter.com/Deriuz BigDave

    when can you land here in philippines? i’m interested to visit NK

  • http://twitter.com/Deriuz BigDave

    when can you land here in philippines? i’m interested to visit NK

  • Brad Howard

    An interesting article. Have you sent them a message and asked them who they are? Would you believe the answer? Do you view other pages on Facebook with equal skepticism?

  • Brad Howard

    An interesting article. Have you sent them a message and asked them who they are? Would you believe the answer? Do you view other pages on Facebook with equal skepticism?

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