KAL Cargo President Honored
with Industrial Order
Recognized for his contribution to development of export logistics industry
Choi Kyong-ho, president of Korean Air (KAL) Cargo Division, has been decorated with the Order of Industrial Service, Steel Tower in recognition of his contribution to the export logistics industry during the 42nd anniversary of Trade Day on November 30.
KAL Cargo Division President Choi is praised for having worked and achieved remarkable growth of the national flag-carrier's cargo division and the development of the domestic logistics service industry while he has been with the airline for 30 years since 1972.
In particular, Choi has been credited with working towards optimizing the operation of such resources as cargo manpower, equipment, aviation routes and facilities since December 2003 when he was appointed to be a present in charge of KAL's cargo division. Last year, KAL took over the global No. 1 cargo carrier position from Lufthansa, which had dominated the cargo transport market for the past 19 years since 1986. Figures, released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed that KAL ranked first in terms of international cargo handled among some 270 airlines from 130 countries.
Korea's representative logistics corporation KAL's feat of becoming the global No. 1 cargo carrier has not only enhanced Korea's profile to the world, but also has set a milestone in the history of the economy. The feat is construed as a possibility that Korea can obtain the global No. 1 position in the logistics service sector, including aviation cargo, other than the manufacturing industry in which Korea ranked first in terms of shipbuilding, memory chips and LCD outputs.
He is applauded for offering aviation services timely, thus helping Korean companies boosting their competitive edge. Choi, the top officer in KAL's cargo division, has examined the developments of Koreans companies?exploring overseas markets and boosting overseas shipments and opened new aviation routes or boosted flights to meet exporters' needs.
Choi is praised for having expanded aviation routes in a bid to build up a global cargo network. KAL has raised its aviation cargo handling capacity to Korea's mainstay markets like the Americas, China and Europe, while it has opened direct cargo routes to such destinations as Vienna, Mumbai, Delhi, Hangzhou, Guwangzhou and Oslo, in which Korean firms?production operations are located. KAL has built up a global aviation network under partnerships with foreign airliners to help Korean companies explore new markets in Latin America, Central Asia and Africa. The Korean national flag carrier is recognized for having built and operated its own exclusive cargo terminals in such major cities as Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo as part of its efforts to expand its logistics infrastructure abroad, thus helping Korean firms exploring overseas markets and diversify their exporting markets.
KAL has been credited for transporting such Korea's mainstay export items as cellular phones, LCDs, and other advanced IT products in a fast and safe manner, thus helping Korean companies acquire top positions in global markets. nw
KAL has grown into the global No. 1 cargo carrier.