According to reports, the South Korean airline is reporting positive quarterly profits after pivoting operations towards its cargo business. For the April-June period, the carrier saw ₩148.5 billion KRW (approximately $125 million USD) as cargo sales climbed 95 percent.
Korean Air has taken advantage of falling fuel prices and the strong demand for medical supplies, fresh fruit and seafood coming out of South Korea. Tech has also been a major part of profits with Samsung devices and components along with memory chips from SK Hynix Inc. leading the push. The airline’s strengthened cargo networks from Vietnam to transport products made by Samsung and LG factories.
Currently, other airlines are reporting unprecedented losses with slashed routes, jobs and salaries. The industry has pushed carriers to retrofit planes to carry cargo and make up for losses with cash from surging airfreight rates.
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