Air Koryo (the former Choson Minhang Korean Airways) is the state-owned national airline of the communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea. International sanctions and environmental restrictions have reduced the airline's international destinations with only China and Vladivostok remaining. The older Antonovs, Ilyushins and Tupolevs rarely fly abroad. Nevertheless these aircraft and their crews are kept ready for operation.
When photographer Arthur Mebius boards incidental local flights in the aged 40 years old design, an image of dedication and pride arises.
Dear Sky, the planes and people of North Korea's airline provides a fascinating insight away from the curated and often presented images of the nation's capital, instead presenting a revealing story of uniformity, detail and an airline rooted in the era of sophisticated air travel.
Dear Sky in media:
A salute to North Korea's dated but dependable airline (Hyperallergic)
New book put lens on Air Koryo, North Korea's only commercial airline (CNN)
Inside Air Koryo, North Korea's fleet of ancient soviet planes (WIRED)
Photo book offers glimpse at North Korea's state airline (LonelyPlanet)
Photographs of the planes and people of North Korea's airline (Creative Boom)
Still stuck in the golden age of air travel (The Sun)
Arthur Mebius provides insight in into the complicated country and its national airline (GUP Magazine)
Das Innenleben von Air Koryo (Aerotelegraph)
Ready for service (The Telegraph)
Gelungenes Bildbuch (Nordkorea-info.de)
Einsam auf dem Rollfeld (STERN)
Aboard Air Koryo (PLAIN Magazine)
Dear Sky: Air Koryo (BLOC Magazine)