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A Photographic Tour Of North Korea's Airline That Only Flies To Two Destinations

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A Photographic Tour Of North Korea's Airline That Only Flies To Two Destinations

Air Koryo is a government-owned airline in North Korea that only flies to two locations.

Shot by Dutch photographer Arthur Mebius, 'Dear Flight' gives us a peek inside the day-to-day routine of the crew who manages these Soviet-era planes.

This peculiar airline is a time capsule from 40 years ago. Out-date yet dependable, Air Koryo is a symbol of North Korean pride. The elegant interior sets a stylish backdrop for the sharp uniforms of the airline crew.

"I was simply struck by the love for flying," Mebius says of his experience. "My intention was to picture the dedication of the crews I saw there and tell the story of the people and their planes.”

As you can see in the photos, Air Koryo isn't particularly crowded. This is due to a series of international sanctions and environmental restrictions. The planes are only permitted fly to China and Vladivostok, and most of the planes are too old for international flights anyway, but the crew is still kept at the ready, an aging symbol of national pride.

Mebius produced a book from these trips to North Korea which you can find here.

Via Plain

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