North Korea, one of the poorest, most isolated and repressive nations on earth, perhaps surprisingly, boasts a functional national airline that has a decent safety record and which flies to more destinations than one might expect.
Originally founded in 1950 as a North Korean-Soviet joint venture, the state-controlled Air Koryo has a fleet of about 30, mostly older Russian-made aircraft, and flies to 14 airports in six countries, with Beijing (three flights per week) and Shenyang in northeastern China (twice weekly), the most frequent destinations.
The airline also travels to Moscow and Vladivostok in Russia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and even, in a bizarre choice, Kuwait, their farthest destination. In addition, it flies to 11 domestic North Korean cities with smaller turboprop aircraft.
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