New IATA statistics have shown that Korean Air maintained and improved top traffic records in 2009 despite the global challenges that have been affecting the industry.
According to World Air Transport Statistics compiled by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Korean Air topped the global rankings for commercial airline cargo operations for the sixth consecutive year securing first place, and also ranked the 13th for commercial airline international passenger operations in 2009.
During 2009, Korean Air recorded 8.225 billion FTK (Freight Tonne-Kilometres), topping the chart for International Scheduled Freight Tonne-Kilometres, 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 the chart of International Scheduled Passenger-Kilometres by recording 52.086 billion RPK (Revenue Passenger-Kilometres) in 2009, from 17th (51.321 billion RPK) in 2008.
The airline has achieved the top result for the last six years in a number of ways. New market developments and excellent service management are two of the key drivers. Eying high-potential growth in the Central Asia market, Korean Air has been developing the Navoi International Airport, positioning the airport as a logistics hub for Central Asia and expanding its global cargo network. For more prompt and efficient operations, Korean Air has operated its freighter fleet of mainly B747-400F aircraft, and continued to boost customer satisfaction through rigid quality control.
In order to enhance its global competency in passenger operations, Korean Air has continued to pursue change and innovation by expanding its global network, securing increasing transit demand 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 new seats serving its mid and long-haul route, including environmentally- friendly next generation aircraft such as 10 Airbus A380s and 10 Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft.