Korean Air

Two men stand by Korea Aerospace Research Intitute's Smart trirotor unmanned air vehicle (UAV) at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) annual show in Washington on August 16, 2011.

No buyers?

Politics matter for Korean deals. The sale of a stake in Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, has failed again after Korean Air withdrew.

The airline said it decided not to bid for the $1.1bn stake in KAI because of the high price tag, although it was still interested in buying the aircraft maker at a “proper” price to nurture the country’s aerospace industries as its new growth driver. Read more

Buying a small and loss-making airline may not appear to be a fairly risky move in the middle of a global slump, but troubled Czech Airlines (CSA) looks like it has gained two serious suitors – Korean Air and Qatar Airlines – apparently seduced by the possibility of creating a hub in the most beautiful city in central Europe.

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