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Korean Air Cargo, Vienna Airport Celebrate 20 Years

DALLAS — 20 years ago, in April 2004, a Korean Air Cargo (KE) freighter landed at Vienna Airport (VIE) for the first time, marking the start of a fruitful partnership in both the cargo and passenger sectors that continues to thrive and expandfor both countries.

The anniversary was celebrated on June 11, 2024, with an Austro-Korean gala at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The event was attended by Jaedong Eum, Head of Cargo Business Division at Korean Air Cargo; Myung Kyu Park, MVP Cargo Sales Department at Korean Air Cargo; Sangwook Ham, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Austria; Julian Jäger, joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport; and over 100 guests from the business, aviation, and tourism sectors.

More than 100 guests celebrated the 20th anniversary of Korean Air Cargo at Vienna Airport during an Austro-Korean gala evening. Photo: Flughafen Wien/VIE

Boosting Korea-Austrian Freight Operations

To boost air cargo traffic between Seoul and Vienna, KE and VIE are launching joint marketing initiatives aimed at forwarders and customers. They signed an agreement in February 2024 to expand their cooperation, including the exchange of industry expertise to provide optimal services.

Korean Air Cargo has been operating flights to and from Vienna since 2004, currently offering around 10 flights per week with a fleet that includes Boeing 747-400F, Boeing 747-8F, and Boeing 777F aircraft.

These flights connect production and sales markets in Austria and the CEE region with over 110 global destinations via Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul.

From left to right: Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG, Jaedong Eum, Head of Cargo Business, Sangwook Ham, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Michael Zach, Head of Handling Services at Flughafen Wien AG. Photo: Flughafen Wien/VIE

With its strategic location and excellent infrastructure, VIE is a crucial hub in KE's network, especially for automobile production in Central and Eastern Europe and for transporting electronic and pharmaceutical products.

Korean Air, South Korea’s national airline, began passenger flights to Vienna in September 2006. Founded in 1969, the airline now operates a fleet of 161 aircraft, connecting Seoul with 110 destinations across more than 39 countries.

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