I noticed the photo of this airport a few days ago and it's been on my mind ever since. It looks like something out of a bad dream to me. If it wasn't for the soldiers(whose presense further add to the uniqeness) standing there i'd say they that this photo belongs in Stephen Kings movie "The Langeliers". It's unlike anything i've ever seen. Anyway I was just wondering how you feel about this place, do you find it inviting, facinating or just normal? (In not trying to critisize the country where this airport is located, im sure it wonderfull).
Uvalencia From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 688 times:
At first glance I would say that it is a place I rather avoid, but giving it a second thought it may be interesting to visit this place and see some new things, like how things work in there, how it looks inside, does it have some sort of a "duty free" or shops or restaurants, etc, you know I am tired of the big DFW´s , ORD´s, LAX´s which I found them incredible but pretty much the same.
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 674 times:
The 5 guys standing in the background probably would be "soldiers", but one has to remember that there is no police force in DPRK; that function is covered by the military. It, therefore, wouldn't be that unusual to see them at the airport.
I notice that Gabriel didn't take any shots of the aircraft. I would suspect if he did, that those "soldiers" would have soon jumped upon him. I have also been told by a person-in-the-know in Beijing, that taking photos on board the Air Koryo aircraft is also a no-no (but she is getting some to show me anyway).
Having talked to people who have flown on Chosonminhang/CAAK/Air Koryo, they have told me that the service they are given is better than they receive on "western" airlines; although there are no PTVs, inflight emails, etc. (well duh!)
Look at the photos below which are taken from older Chosonminhang (CAAK) postcards. With all these Russian aircraft lying around it would be like heaven on earth....well for me anyway.
Ilyushin Il-18s and Antonov An-24s in the far background
Notice that the pilots are dressed in what a bus driver in the "Third World" would be expected to wear...but worse
I had to laugh at the Coke on the food trolley...must have been taken on a flight carrying Kim Il-sung (who was well known to dabble in pleasures from the "west")