June 06, 2023

North Korea may have planned to acquire two Russian planes, despite sanctions

Aircraft in partial Air Koryo livery linked to Russian firm with history dealing to North Korea and small Kyrgyz airline

North Korea’s national carrier, Air Koryo, may have gotten close to acquiring new planes from Russia last year, according to an NK News investigation.

Signs of a deal first surfaced last summer, when two Russian Tupolev-204s -- of which the airline already owns two -- were seen parked at an airport in the Caucasus painted in an incomplete Air Koryo livery.