Korean Air recently sent a
team of employees to help fight desertification in
This year was especially meaningful as employees
from Delta Air Lines joined the effort as part of the one-year
anniversary of the joint venture between the two airlines.
About 120 Korean Air employees and 30 Delta Air
Lines employees worked with local residents and students to plant
trees in Baganuur, Mongolia, a region undergoing rapid
Korean Air has been growing the “Korean Air
Forest” in the area by planting trees every year since 2004, with
the aim of stopping desertification and protecting the environment.
“We are very proud to contribute to ecological
restoration efforts in Mongolia. For the last 16 years, the Korean
Air Forest has grown to cover 44 hectare or 440,000 m² of land.
After we planted 5,000 maple trees this year, the Korean Air
Forest now has a total of 125,000 trees,” said Kwang Ho Ko, Head
of Regional Headquarters, China. “We were also excited that our
partner Delta Air Lines joined us this year. I hope together we
can find more ways to give back to the environment and society in
Korean Air is managing the forest through
diverse, systematic efforts, by hiring local forestation experts
and educating local residents on environmental awareness.
“We were honored to be invited as part of the
celebration of our joint venture’s one-year anniversary with
Korean Air to participate with them for the first time in their
annual tree planting event in Mongolia,” said Lisa H. Duval,
Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Delta Air Lines, who
participated in the project. “We had 30 employees from over a
dozen locations in Asia and the Americas, including members of our
internal employee organization ‘Green Up’, who came together with
Korean Air employees for this important event. We strongly believe
that what is good for the planet, is good for Delta and our
Korean Air also regularly donates computers to
public schools in Baganuur, Mongolia, contributing to relations
between Korea and Mongolia. The airline plans to donate computers,
desks and gym equipment to local schools this year as well.
As a part of the Global Planting Project, Korean
Air has also been growing a “Korean Air Forest” in Kubuqi desert
since 2007, in the Inner Mongolia region of China, where the
yellow dust storm originates.
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