On March 29, Korean Air commemorated the 45th anniversary of its service to New York.

To commemorate this milestone, Korean Air held a special ceremony at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Among the highlights was the acknowledgment of the 45th passenger checked in on the airline’s Seoul Incheon-bound flight KE082, who received a Prestige (business) class round-trip ticket to New York.

All passengers on KE082 received a specially designed tote bag commemorating the occasion, created in collaboration with the Korean Association of New York Artists (KANA), a non-profit cultural organization based in New York that supports young Korean-American artists while fostering cultural ties between the countries.

Since its debut flight KE008 on March 29, 1979, from Gimpo Airport to New York JFK Airport via Anchorage, Korean Air has played an important role in linking the two countries. The three weekly flights swiftly increased to suit rising demand, reaching ten times per week by 1986.

Korean Air currently conducts 14 round-trip flights per week, highlighting the airline’s commitment to easing travel and strengthening economic links between Korea and the United States. In 2023, this route carried a total of 417,920 passengers, making it the airline’s second most popular route in the United States behind Los Angeles. The airline uses wide-body aircraft like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8i to provide passengers with superior se


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