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Air Koryo Tu-204-300 Is Now Flying!  
User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 482 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9674 times:

Some pictures are now avaible on an other site but it seems I have not the right to add the link on that site (previous post has been deleted!).
So. I'm sure thise pictures will appear on airliners very soon.
They were taken at Beijing on May 8th and show brand new Air Koryo Tu-204-300 (P-632) now linking Pyongyang and Beijing.
Good to see this aicraft now flying in Air Koryo colors out of CIS (after Air Cairo,Mahan Air and Cubana).
Hope to see her flying all over the world (Iran, Zimbabwe, Syria, Bolivia, Venezuela and maybe a good surprise from an unexpected airlines in an unexpected country????).

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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9606 times:

I love those aircraft. I wish I could see them here in the US.


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User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9549 times:



Quoting SIBILLE (Thread starter):
Hope to see her flying all over the world (Iran, Zimbabwe, Syria, Bolivia, Venezuela and maybe a good surprise from an unexpected airlines in an unexpected country????).

Geez , you just listed half the countries that the good ole U.S. doesn't get along with  wink  I'm glad to see that Air Koryo has some new metal.



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9537 times:

Just looked at the photos, and IMO its really ugly.


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User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9461 times:

I quite like the JS colour scheme as it seems to look great on anything, from an An-24 through Tu-154 to Il-62.

But on that Tu-204 it looks amateurish, and makes a great looking plane look stubby. The titles are too small, the cheat line swells at the front - I could go on.

I don't think any of this will affect Air Koryo's market share  Smile but with a bit of tweaking it could have looked SO good!

A pity.


User currently offlineSeaBosDca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5516 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9312 times:

Shame about the swollen cheatline. It distracts from what is otherwise a VERY good-looking airplane.  drool 

I've always thought the Tu-204-300 looks great, like an A320 that's spent a couple years  weightlifter  and getting buff. Big engines, big long wings, big vertical stabilizer, nicely shaped fuselage.


User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9283 times:

I cant find the picture anywhere!


Can someone please post a link?


Thanks!


User currently offlineSeaBosDca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5516 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9266 times:



Quoting HapppyLandings (Reply 6):
Can someone please post a link?



Quoting SIBILLE (Thread starter):
but it seems I have not the right to add the link on that site (previous post has been deleted!).

Read between the lines of the forum rules and you'll figure out where to find the pictures.  Wink


User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9075 times:

Ahh

Quoting SeaBosDca (Reply 7):
Read between the lines of the forum rules and you'll figure out where to find the pictures.

I found some pictures, it is funny though, a DPRK website links directly to A.Net when propmted to look at pictures of Air Koryo airplanes.


User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8761 times:

It is interesting that this plane now seems to be in regular service.

I had read a report in the South China Morning Post several weeks ago that it was going to be reserved for use by Kim Jong Il during a planned visit to Vietnam and would only enter regular service after it had been used for that purpose.


User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1476 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8622 times:

Does JS have a timetable/set schedule? Wikipedia shows them having a big fleet of old Russian metal, are these in use or are they parked somewhere within North Korea?


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User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8534 times:



Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 10):
Does JS have a timetable/set schedule? Wikipedia shows them having a big fleet of old Russian metal, are these in use or are they parked somewhere within North Korea?

Yes, for many years they have had two regular return flights per week between Pyongyang and Beijing - every Tuesday and Saturday. They have recently added an extra (i.e. 3rd weekly) flight on that route on Thursdays to cater for growing demand (!). I notice that the photo mentioned in the opening post was taken on a Thursday.

They also have a regular weekly return flight between Pyongyang and Shenyang every Wednesday.

There are other flights scheduled to/from Vladivostok and Macau, but I understand that they hardly ever operate.

Most of their aircraft are parked on the tarmac at Pyongyang Airport. It's quite a sight!


User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8516 times:

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6241192

here's a picture



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User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8486 times:

Just to add to Dalavia's comments, the infrequent flights to Vladivistok are to transport North Korean contract timber workers to and from home. This is one of the few ways that Pyongyang generates some hard currency for its crumbling economy.

The flights to Macau are virtually all cargo (even loaded onto pax seats). Macau is a large transhipment point for luxury goods to North Korea. In fact, Air Koryo has been implicated in transporting counterfiet USD100 bills to Macau to pay for such things.


User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8440 times:

More information on Air Koryo's Tu-204 (with pics) can be seen at http://www.dprkstudies.org/2008/02/2...n-tu-204-300-airliner-for-service/

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12480 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

Can't wait to see a trip report on one of those; any volunteers?

How many 204s are they getting? I believe it's 2 or 3, but can't remember.


User currently offlineRICARDOAB From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7147 times:

Even tho its a new a/c the c/s makes it looks old. Mind you the Air China 747 behind looks just as old in its dated colours

User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7065 times:

Wow so what will happen to the IL62? What other intl. destinations does Air Koryo fly?

Quoting SeaBosDca (Reply 5):

I've always thought the Tu-204-300 looks great, like an A320 that's spent a couple years weightlifter and getting buff. Big engines, big long wings, big vertical stabilizer, nicely shaped fuselage.

lol thought the same thing, an A319 on roids. For some reason on that pic the TU204 looks shorter or is this a shorter version??

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 4):
I quite like the JS colour scheme as it seems to look great on anything, from an An-24 through Tu-154 to Il-62.

Ditto. I also agree with you that the swollen cheatline on the cockpit is ugly and the titles are too small.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6963 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 17):
lol thought the same thing, an A319 on roids. For some reason on that pic the TU204 looks shorter or is this a shorter version??

Yes, it's a shortened version, TU-204-300, 20 ft. shorter  Smile



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User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1476 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6178 times:



Quoting Dalavia (Reply 11):
Yes, for many years they have had two regular return flights per week between Pyongyang and Beijing - every Tuesday and Saturday. They have recently added an extra (i.e. 3rd weekly) flight on that route on Thursdays to cater for growing demand (!). I notice that the photo mentioned in the opening post was taken on a Thursday.

They also have a regular weekly return flight between Pyongyang and Shenyang every Wednesday.

There are other flights scheduled to/from Vladivostok and Macau, but I understand that they hardly ever operate.

Most of their aircraft are parked on the tarmac at Pyongyang Airport. It's quite a sight!

Thanks for the info Dalavia. I did some searching last night and could not find any info, even on the DKPR website (I think..talk about propaganda, but that is for a different forum). Sadly I think my only experience with Air Koryo and North Korea will be in my flight sim.



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User currently offlineIFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6024 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 17):
Wow so what will happen to the IL62? What other intl. destinations does Air Koryo fly?

Although this was several years ago (I think I took this picture back in 2005), they did fly to BKK.

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