Air Koryo is the state-owned national flag carrier airline of North Korea. Based at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport it operates international scheduled and charter services to points in Asia and Europe.
Air Koryo was established first under the name SOKAO, which was founded in 1950 as a joint North Korean-Soviet concern to connect Pyongyang with Moscow. Services were suspended during the Korean War, to resume in 1953. The current airline was established in 1954, started operations in 1955, and was placed under the control of the Civil Aviation Administration of Korea. In 2010, Air Koryo had two Tu-204 aircraft lifted from the European blacklist, allowing the airline to recommence flights to the EU. But nonetheless, Air Koryo overall is still banned from flying in Europe.