Korean Air earns IATA CEIV Lithium Batteries certification

Korean Air has received IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Lithium Batteries certification.

Introduced in 2021, the CEIV Lithium Batteries certification establishes and validates baseline standards to improve the level of competency and quality management in the handling and transport of lithium battery shipments throughout the supply chain. Experts conduct an in-depth evaluation of all aspects of the transportation process and procedures based on standardized audit criteria consisting of over 240 items to ensure that the organization meets the program’s standards.

In December 2022, the airline joined a working group led by Incheon International Airport Corporation with various stakeholders, such as forwarders and operators, in the domestic air cargo sector to prepare for the CEIV Lithium Batteries certification. All of the stakeholders in the working group were successfully certified in the first half of 2023.

With more than five decades of air cargo insight and knowhow, Korean Air is an expert in rendering bespoke specialized cargo services. When transporting lithium batteries, specific handling standards and procedures are applied depending on the type and capacity of the battery. When necessary, the airline may also apply its own proprietary procedures that are more rigorous than the ones set forth by international standards.

Transportation of lithium batteries exceeds 10% of the airline’s total air cargo volume, and this number is projected to grow with consumer demand for smartphones, handheld electronic devices and electric vehicles. The airline expects the IATA CEIV certification to further enhance its established reputation in safe and reliable air cargo services.

As the leading air cargo carrier in Korea, the airline will continue to enhance its services and strengthen its competitive advantage in the global aviation market.


About Korean Air
Serving the world for more than 50 years, Korean Air is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, carrying more than 27 million passengers in 2019, pre-COVID. With its global hub at Incheon International Airport (ICN), the airline serves 120 cities in 43 countries on five continents with a modern fleet of 157 aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees.

Korean Air’s outstanding performance and commitment to the highest level of safety and customer service was further highlighted during the pandemic; the airline was granted numerous awards including 2021 Airline of the Year and 2022 Cargo Operator of the Year by Air Transport World, and a 5-star COVID safety rating from Skytrax.

Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and has grown into one of the largest transpacific airlines through its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

Dedicated to providing Excellence in Flight, Korean Air’s vision is to be a respected leader in the world airline community.

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