Chairman Cho Calls for Reform of Regulations and Order at Korean Air
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Chairman Cho Calls for Reform of Regulations and Order at Korean Air
Air carrier celebrates 46th anniversary at a ceremony at its head office on March 3 with Chairman Cho Yang-ho stressing turn around in the airliner’s operation

06(Mon), Apr, 2015

Chairman Cho Yang-ho of Korean Air speaks at a ceremony commemorating the airline’s 46th anniversary on March 3 at the airline’s head office in Seoul.(Photo:Korean Air)

At a ceremony on March 3 at the KAL’s head office in Seoul to celebrate the airline’s 46th anniversary, Chairman Cho Yang-ho of Korean Air Co. stressed that any practice inconsistent with the modern age should be reformed in a daring manner.

Reports said the chairman means to redress the airlines’ practices in the wake of the “Nut Rage” controversy to renew the public image of the air carrier so that it gets on track to be a leading air carrier in the world.

Chairman Cho decried that Korean Air still has a long way to go to be a leading international airliner. He said they should work towards quality improvement rather than increasing the scale of the airline, adding that old practices need to be replaced in a daring manner by all the employees, while those that are still good should be retained.

The chairman’s statement shows that the incident in New York by vice president Cho Hyun-ah never should be repeated. The chairman especially would like to change corporate culture within in the airline so that staff has the ability to say no to his or her bosses.

Cho did not forget to add that everyone in Hanjin Group, which operates transportation on land, sea and air as a logistics group, makes efforts to create synergy among different logistics sectors.

It’s the 46th anniversary for the airline, but Hanjin Group celebrates the 70th anniversary this year, making it truly a meaningful year. Cho cried out for more progress with in terms of synergy with the land, sea and air transportation sectors, which the group has been engaged in. The low price of oil, a major cost component for logistics firms, should be a great opportunity to turn operations around with strong plans and strategies, he said.

Currently, Chairman Cho has been spending around 80 percent of his time leading the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. He spends virtually all of his time at his organizing committee office in Seoul, and comes to Korean Air only on weekends. He has not had time to visit his daughter, who is serving term in jail for the “nut rage” fiasco.

Korean Air is the flag carrier airline of South Korea and the largest airline in the country based on fleet size, international destinations and international flight. The airline's global headquarters are located in Seoul, South Korea.

Korean Air's international passenger division and related subsidiary cargo division together serve 130 cities in 45 countries, while its domestic division serves 20 destinations. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried and is also the top-ranked international cargo airline. Incheon International Airport serves as Korean Air's international hub. Korean Air also maintains a satellite headquarters campus at Incheon.

Korean Air was originally founded as the Korean National Airlines in 1946. After several years of service and expansion, the airline was fully privatized in 1969 and commenced operations on the 1st of March 1969. The airline celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2014. The majority of Korean Air's pilots, ground staff, and flight attendants are based in Seoul.

Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam, and the parent company of Jin Air. The alliance has since become the second largest alliance in the world, second only to Star Alliance. It was voted Asia's best airline by Business Traveler readers in 2012. Korean Air is currently an official sponsor of the 2014 Asian Games . Korean Air serves 114 international destinations in 50 countries on all six major continents, excluding codeshares. The airlines's international hub is Incheon International Airport in Incheon. The airline also flies 13 domestic destinations within South Korea. KAL operates between Incheon and 22 cities in Mainland China, and along with Asiana Airlines, it is one of the two largest foreign airlines to operate into the People's Republic of China. 

Korean Air, along with British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and United Airlines, is one of few airlines that fly to all six inhabited continents.

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