Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., operating as Korean Air, is both the flag carrier and the largest airline of South Korea. It is among the top 20 airlines in the world in terms of passengers carried. Incheon International Airport serves as Korean Air’s international hub. Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam.
Korean Air was founded by the South Korean government in 1962 as Korean Air Lines to replace Korean National Airlines, which was founded in 1946. Long-haul passenger operations were introduced in 1972. In 1984, the airline’s name changed to Korean Air from Korean Air Lines. Korean Air’s low-cost subsidiary is Jin Air, which started its scheduled passenger service from Seoul to Jeju in 2008.