New statistics indicate Korean Air maintained and improved top traffic records in 2009.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Korean Air topped the global rankings for commercial airline cargo operations for the sixth consecutive year and ranked 13th for commercial airline international passenger operations in 2009.
During 2009, Korean Air recorded 8.225 billion FTKs (Freight-Ton-Kilometers), topping the chart, followed by Cathay Pacific (7.722 billion FTK) and Lufthansa (6.660 billion FTK). Korean Air attained the number one spot for the first time in 2004 and has consistently been one of the world’s top three freight carriers since 1993.
For passenger operations, Korean Air was ranked 13th in international scheduled passenger kilometers by recording 52.086 billion RPKs (Revenue Passenger-Kilometers) in 2009, from 17th (51.321 billion RPKs) in 2008.
The airline achieved the top cargp’result for the last six years in a number of ways: New market development and service management are two of the key drivers. For example, eying high-potential growth in the Central Asia market, Korean Air has been developing the Navoi International Airport, positioning it as a logistics hub for Central Asia.
In order to enhance its global competency in passenger operations, Korean Air has continued to pursue change and innovation by expanding its global route network, securing increasing transit’traffic through Incheon,‘and upgrading in-flight facilities. By 2014, Korean Air will have a fleet of more than 100 premium aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art seats to’serve its mid and long-haul route.