SOUTH KOREA: Korean Air on top for 4th year in a row

Korean Air has once again topped the list of commercial airline cargo operations for the fourth consecutive year for 2007, according to World Air Transport Statistics compiled by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Korean carrier recorded 9.5 billion FTK (Freight Tonne-Kilometres) last year, topping the charts for international air cargo, followed by Lufthansa […]


Korean Air has once again topped the list of commercial airline cargo operations for the fourth consecutive year for 2007, according to World Air Transport Statistics compiled by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The Korean carrier recorded 9.5 billion FTK (Freight Tonne-Kilometres) last year, topping the charts for international air cargo, followed by Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific. Korean Air attained the top ranking for the first time in 2004 and has consistently been one of the world’s top three freight carriers since 1993.

“Our goal has been to claim and retain the top cargo position and we’re accomplishing this,” said senior VP of Korean Air’s Cargo Division, Chang Hoon Chi. “We are entering new markets, incorporating e-business systems and creating a customer-orientated business model to provide excellent service in terms of both quantity and quality to meet our customers’ needs.”

To accommodate its growing cargo business, Korean enlarged the cargo handling capacity of its Incheon hub, by increasing Terminal One’s annual capacity from 930,000 tonnes to 1.2 million tonnes and adding a new Terminal Two with a 235,800 tonne annual capacity.