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|Korean Air Hanoi at the donation at Tan Minh elementary school, one of the three schools that received the bicycles|
A delegation of Korean Air led by Dongmin Lee, regional manager of Korean Air Hanoi took a journey of 107 kilometres west of Hanoi to Da Bac - one of the most underprivileged areas in Hoa Binh to donate a total of 65 bicycles to poor children there.
“We are very happy to make this contribution,” said Lee. “We hope that the bicycles will make it easier for students to commute to school every day, and help them chase their dreams."
At present, as the schools are located in mountainous areas, students do not have access to public transportation, which means many students walk five to seven kilometres every morning to school.
|Children who received the bicycles|
This is Korean Air’s second donation of bicycles to schools in Vietnam. In May 2018, Korean Air donated 50 bicycles to schools in Yen Khanh District of the northern province of Ninh Binh, around 110km south of Hanoi.
Vietnam is a special place for Korean Air, as the airline operated its first international flight to Vietnam since its privatisation in 1969. Korean Air engages in various efforts to improve relations between Korea and Vietnam. In April, Korean Air flew selected Vietnamese families from Korea to Ho Chi Minh City, the first international route operated by Korean Air.
The airline has been sponsoring flight tickets for the Vietnam national football coach Park Hang-seo through its “Excellence Programme” since January 2019. Korean Air currently operates flights from Incheon to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi 21 times a week, and flights to Danang and Nha Trang 14 and seven times a week respectively.
Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world's top 20 airlines carrying more than 26 million passengers in 2018. Having a modern fleet of 167 aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees, the airline operates over 460 flights per day to 124 cities in 44 countries on five continents.
Korean Air’s core business includes passenger, cargo, aerospace, catering and in-flight sales. The airline's main hub is at the Incheon (ICN) International Airport Terminal 2 which opened in 2018.
Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which together with its 19 members annually welcomes 630 million passengers worldwide, on more than 14,500 daily flights, covering 1,150 destinations in 175 countries. The airline launched a joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines in the trans-Pacific market in May 2018.
In 2019 Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary. With a vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community, Korean Air is dedicated to providing excellence in flight.
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