Dhaka: Korean Air operated a special flight on October 2 to celebrate its 50 years of operations. The special flight KE683 flew from Incheon, Korea to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Korean Air, founded in 1969, operated its first international flight in the same year, on October 2, from Seoul, Korea to Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh was the first international route operated by a Korean national airline and 50 years later, Korean Air has grown into a global airline reaching 124 cities in 44 countries.
Korean Air held an event at Incheon Airport, during the flight and at Ho Chi Minh Airport, to commemorate the airline’s first international flight and to thank its customers for their unwavering support over the past half a century.
The airline gave out gifts and special cookies designed with a 50th anniversary emblem at the boarding gate.
Onboard the KE683 flight, Korean Air prepared a special video to showcase the Ho Chi Minh route 50 years ago.
The flight attendants wearing vintage uniforms walked down the aisle like a fashion show, entertaining passengers by showcasing the changes in uniforms in the past 50 years.
Korean Air used a promotional aircraft designed with the 50th anniversary emblem for its special flight. The aircraft livery depicts the number 50 with a plane flying over it alongside the slogan “Beyond 50 Years of Excellence”.
Kim Tae-soon, 75 and six other former flight attendants, who attended the inaugural flight ceremony for the Seoul-Ho Chi Minh route in 1969, were back on a Korean Air flight after 50 years.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its foundation, Korean Air will operate more flights with crew members wearing vintage uniforms until November 6.
“The historical uniform teams” will wear ten types of vintage uniforms as well as the current uniform on a single flight, enabling passengers to enjoy Korean Air’s history, on important routes from each region, such as LA, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and Sydney. For domestic routes, the teams will be on Gimpo-Busan, Gimpo-Jeju routes.