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Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:39 am

https://onemileatatime.com/air-koryo-macau/

Air Koryo is launching flights to Macau. I thought they already flew to Macau. I know Air Koryo flies some odd routes.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:41 am

This route is anything but odd.

How Macau became North Korea’s window to the world... and its nexus for weapons and drugs trafficking
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolit ... -its-nexus
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:44 am

Jetty wrote:
This route is anything but odd.

How Macau became North Korea’s window to the world... and its nexus for weapons and drugs trafficking
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolit ... -its-nexus

That's the reason why I thought they flew there already.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:51 am

Congrats to Air Koryo! Do you think it will be the Tu-204? Can't imagine they have anywhere close to its utilization on FNJ-PEK. Maybe the Il-62M?
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:30 am

Pudelhund wrote:
Congrats to Air Koryo! Do you think it will be the Tu-204? Can't imagine they have anywhere close to its utilization on FNJ-PEK. Maybe the Il-62M?


They can only fly the Tu-204 and An-148 to China. The Soviets Ilyushins, Tupolevs and Antonovs are flying domestic or to Vladivostok. Looking at their flight schedule I am confident they can do it with the current fleet.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:41 am

They have not flown to Macau for many years. In the past they flew the IL62 and TU154 with a rare visit by the TU134 and I remember one day all three IL76's coming in!! IL18,.... I don't think so.

For this... I will have a visit to Macau again.
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:10 am

There are lots of casinos in Macau. For his people's sake, let's hope that Kim Jong Un has a winning hand.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:29 am

Didn't one of the Kim brothers sump down in Macau? The one who was murdered in KLIA? Stands to reason that the family has possessions and interests there.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:16 pm

Air Koryo served Macau in the past with scheduled flights, this was the September 1998 schedule operated by the Tu-154:

JS153:
Depart FNJ at 1000, arrive MFM at 1250 on Thursday
Depart MFM at 1350, arrive BKK at 1540 on Thursday.

JS154:
Depart BKK at 1200, arrive MFM at 1530 on Friday
Depart MFM at 1630, arrive FNJ at 2100 on Friday
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:29 am

Makes sense considering they have suspended Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Kuwait City flights due to sanctions. Macau being a more friendly city to North Korean interests once again.

Interestingly it looks like Air Koryo will be operating some kind of services to Ulan-Ude in Russia after recent talks between Russia and North Korea,
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:16 am

So I guess Macanese Banks are back in business laundering money for North Korea?

Well, with special blessing from CCP gov’t probably, as a reward for being “loyal” unlike its brother on the other side of the delta. :duck:

VSMUT wrote:
Didn't one of the Kim brothers sump down in Macau? The one who was murdered in KLIA? Stands to reason that the family has possessions and interests there.


Kim Jong Nam did indeed live in Macau for years. He was forced to move around Macau, though, when Kim Jong Un tried to assassinate him back in 2014 or so.
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:36 am

zakuivcustom wrote:
So I guess Macanese Banks are back in business laundering money for North Korea?

Well, with special blessing from CCP gov’t probably, as a reward for being “loyal” unlike its brother on the other side of the delta. :duck:

VSMUT wrote:
Didn't one of the Kim brothers sump down in Macau? The one who was murdered in KLIA? Stands to reason that the family has possessions and interests there.


Kim Jong Nam did indeed live in Macau for years. He was forced to move around Macau, though, when Kim Jong Un tried to assassinate him back in 2014 or so.

Casinos make the best money laundering fronts!

By the way, if Kim Jong Nam had an assassination attempt, why didn't he try to defect to, say, the US?
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:49 pm

TWA772LR wrote:
By the way, if Kim Jong Nam had an assassination attempt, why didn't he try to defect to, say, the US?


Just because your brother has decided to murder you, doesn't mean your lifelong enemy suddenly becomes a friend.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:04 pm

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VSMUT wrote:
TWA772LR wrote:
By the way, if Kim Jong Nam had an assassination attempt, why didn't he try to defect to, say, the US?


Just because your brother has decided to murder you, doesn't mean your lifelong enemy suddenly becomes a friend.


"The enemy of my enemy is my friend", or so the quote goes...
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:39 pm

TWA772LR wrote:
zakuivcustom wrote:
So I guess Macanese Banks are back in business laundering money for North Korea?

Well, with special blessing from CCP gov’t probably, as a reward for being “loyal” unlike its brother on the other side of the delta. :duck:

VSMUT wrote:
Didn't one of the Kim brothers sump down in Macau? The one who was murdered in KLIA? Stands to reason that the family has possessions and interests there.


Kim Jong Nam did indeed live in Macau for years. He was forced to move around Macau, though, when Kim Jong Un tried to assassinate him back in 2014 or so.

Casinos make the best money laundering fronts!

By the way, if Kim Jong Nam had an assassination attempt, why didn't he try to defect to, say, the US?

Because when Kin Jong Nam stay in Macau, he's supposed to be protected by China as their alternative plan for North Korea. Which is also why they ultimately wait till when he's in Malaysia to conduct the assassination.
When no other countries around the world is going to militarily stop China and its subordinate fom abusing its citizens within its national boundary, it is unreasonable to expect those abuse can be countered with purely peaceful means.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:56 pm

IIRC back when Air Koryo flew to Macau, those flights are often quite empty, but the belly? Well, drugs, weapons, money...basically anything you can think of.

c933103 wrote:
Because when Kin Jong Nam stay in Macau, he's supposed to be protected by China as their alternative plan for North Korea. Which is also why they ultimately wait till when he's in Malaysia to conduct the assassination.


Indeed - if one read enough into the Kim Jong-nam assassination, the original plan was to killed him in Macau. But they eventually decided to do it in KL instead as to not pissed off the wrong officials in PRC.
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:02 pm

Will Air Koryo ever get any new planes like from airbus or Boeing
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:13 pm

Planes4you wrote:
Will Air Koryo ever get any new planes like from airbus or Boeing

Ever is a looong time. But unless you have been living under a rock, you would know about the sanctions on North Korea... So, not anytime soon, no.
Also....would they need it? Traffic to NK is minimal. And the country is practically broke.
 
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:16 pm

MalevTU134 wrote:
Planes4you wrote:
Will Air Koryo ever get any new planes like from airbus or Boeing

Ever is a looong time. But unless you have been living under a rock, you would know about the sanctions on North Korea... So, not anytime soon, no.


No, b/c by the time Air Koryo get Airbus/Boeing, they would be absorbed into Korean Air. Air Koryo management should be better than the Cho family, though. :duck: :duck:
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Re: Air Koryo is launching Macau

Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:21 pm

zakuivcustom wrote:
MalevTU134 wrote:
Planes4you wrote:
Will Air Koryo ever get any new planes like from airbus or Boeing

Ever is a looong time. But unless you have been living under a rock, you would know about the sanctions on North Korea... So, not anytime soon, no.


No, b/c by the time Air Koryo get Airbus/Boeing, they would be absorbed into Korean Air. Air Koryo management should be better than the Cho family, though. :duck: :duck:

:rotfl: I was actually thinking about the Interflug parallel, but refrained from mentioning it.

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