#KoreanAir50thAnniversary: What went down during the celebrations

Here’s to Korean Air’s 50 years of excellence. Source: Shutterstock.

ON March 4, 2019, South Korean flag carrier Korean Air held a special ceremony to celebrate its 50th anniversary with over 1,500 employees at its headquarters in Seoul, Korea.

The event also marked decades of developing new routes, service innovation, and continuous investment, which paved the way for Korean Air to become a leading global airline, flying to 124 cities in 44 countries.

When Korean Air first launched on March 1, 1969, it was a small Asian carrier with only eight aircraft: one jet and seven propeller planes. In the 1970s, Korean Air continued to lead the way in the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, all the while proudly flying the nation’s Taeguek symbol on the tail fin of the plane.

In the 1980s, it helped to raise the status of Korea as an official airline of the Seoul Olympic Games, promoting the country to the world. Then, in the 1990s, Korean Air opened the gate to China and Russia, launching its Beijing and Moscow routes.

Last year, the airline played an important role in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, supporting the successful organization of the Games as an official partner. It also started another chapter in its history by exploring new markets through a joint venture agreement with Delta Air Lines.

Over the past 50 years, Korean Air has flown 10,187,193,280 km, which is the same as 254,679 laps of the globe or 13,400 round-trips from the Earth to the moon. Since its establishment, Korean Air has carried 714.99 million people, which is equivalent to over 13 times the total Korean population.

Today, it has grown into a global airline, operating 166 aircraft, including 42 B777s, 9 B787-9s, 10 B747-8is, and 10 A380s.

During the anniversary ceremony held in the airline’s headquarters in Seoul, Korean Air celebrated its 50th anniversary with over 1,500 of its executives and employees, along with employees from partner companies.

Guests at the celebration enjoyed various events, including best employee awards, cake cutting, and musical performances by the company’s choir.

The best employees of each operational area, including flight attendants, check-in counter agents, reservation staff, aerospace staff with the most patent applications, and the most qualified cooks, received a special award for their efforts.

Korean Air will operate an extraordinary flight from Incheon to Ho Chi Minh on KE 681 on 23 April to commemorate Korean Air’s first international route as a private airline. From 23 April to the end of May, a select group of flight attendants will wear a selection of 11 uniforms from 1969 to present day on the major routes to L.A., Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney , nd Jeju.

A total of 10 Korean Air planes will also have the 50th-anniversary emblem and slogan, “Beyond 50 Years of Excellence”, livery until the end of this year.