Air Koryo’s New Tupolov

North Korea Economy Watch has a photo of the new Air Koryo Tupolov parking in Pyongyang. It apparently goes into scheduled service May 1.

Elsewhere, the blog points out that Air Koryo acquired the plane in order to continue being permitted to fly to Beijing — China is playing safety regulator, taking on the role of ensuring that planes landing at its airports are airworthy (contra this recent this recent AP piece which suggests that Air Koryo’s acquisition of a new plane points to its success as an airline).

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