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Korean Air History

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Korean Air History

Korean Air, also known as 대한항공 (Daehan Hanggong) in Korean, is the flagship carrier of South Korea. With its headquarters located in Seoul, the airline has a rich history that spans over several decades.

The origins of Korean Air can be traced back to 1946 when the South Korean government established Korean National Airlines (KNA) as the country's first national carrier. Initially, KNA operated domestic flights using small propeller-driven aircraft.

Over the years, Korean National Airlines expanded its operations and began offering international flights. In 1962, the airline was rebranded as Korean Air Lines (KAL) and started operating jet-powered aircraft, including Boeing 707s and Douglas DC-8s.

Korean Air experienced significant growth in the following decades, becoming one of the leading airlines in Asia. The airline introduced larger and more technologically advanced aircraft, such as the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380, to its fleet.

In the 1990s, Korean Air faced several challenges, including a series of accidents and financial difficulties. However, the airline underwent a comprehensive restructuring program to improve its safety record and financial stability.

Today, Korean Air is recognized as one of the world's top airlines, known for its excellent service and extensive global network. The airline operates flights to over 125 destinations in 44 countries, connecting passengers from around the world to South Korea and beyond.

For more information about this airline, check out our comprehensive Korean Air Guide.

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