May 14, 2018 12:23
North Korea is faced with a logistical challenge trying to fly leader Kim Jong-un to Singapore for his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on an outdated plane that has so far barely chuffed to Beijing.
The North will also probably want to transport a Mercedes-Benz sedan for Kim as well as secure communications equipment.
Singapore is about 4,828 km from Pyongyang.
One solution would be to rent an airplane from China for safety's sake, but Kim would naturally prefer his own jet, an ancient Ilyushin IL-62M from the former Soviet Union that was bought by Air Koryo in 1982.
Only a year later a plane of the same type crashed in Guinea.
With four engines, the IL-62M in theory has a range of 10,000 km, but Greg Waldron of aviation magazine Flightglobal said Kim's jet has never flown such a long distance before, so caution will be needed.
It could also stop over in China or Vietnam for refueling or an emergency landing.
Kim's Mercedes-Maybach S6000 Pullman Guard could be flown to Singapore aboard an IL-76 cargo aircraft which also took it to Dalian when he visited earlier this month.
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