North Korean carrier prepares to take An-148

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North Korean flag-carrier Air Koryo appears set to become a new operator of the Antonov An-148 twinjet.

Air Koryo is to take delivery of the aircraft in 2013, according to Juche Travel Services which works closely with the airline to offer aviation tours of the Asian state.

It says it will be including the "still quite rare" An-148 on its tours over the course of the year.

"This aircraft will supplement the current Air Koryo fleet and all other aircraft will remain in service," it adds. "The An-148 is expected to be used mainly for charter tours from various Chinese cities to [North Korea]."

Images of the aircraft, painted in full Air Koryo livery, identify the jet as an An-148-100B, registered P-671.