Air Koryo is the state-owned national airline of North Korea. But international sanctions and environmental restrictions have reduced the airline’s international destinations with only China and Vladivostok remaining.
The old Antonovs, Ilyushins and Tupolevs rarely fly abroad and therefore seem superfluous. Nevertheless, these aircraft and their crews are kept ready for operation. Occasional domestic flights are all the more important for the flight attendants and pilots to practice and to keep up their knowledge and skills.
In his series Dear Sky, Dutch photographer Arthur Mebius captures the routine operations by Air Koryo crew which appears as a rehearsed play of maintenance, controls and procedures. It's a beautiful ground control dance where an image of dedication and pride arises.
You can now enjoy the series in a new book, Dear Sky, The Planes & People of North Korea's Airline. Available to buy via dearskybook.com.
Arthur Mebius studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Besides his work for commercial advertising, he is constantly working on personal projects with a strong interest with aviation. Among the jury’s that awarded his work are AOP, ADCN, ADCE, Cannes, Epica, New York Photo Awards. Arthur Mebius lives near Amsterdam with his wife and two daughters.