By: Kyle James | 06-10-2018 | NK Summit
Photo credit: Korean Central News Agency

Kim Jong Un Shocks By Traveling To Singapore Summit On Air China Instead Of His Private Jet

News that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took opted for a commercial flight rather than his private jet after his Soviet-era Russian plane was seen on flight tracking websites before disappearing into Chinese airspace. Another plane, Air China 747 left Beijing at 4:18 a.m. to Pyongyang where it sat on the tarmac for an hour before heading to Singapore.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It looks likely but not confirmed that <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KimJongUn</a> is aboard CA61 - Air China Boeing 747. It has just taken off from Beijing headed south with no official destination. Same plane flew from BJ to Pyongyang and back again this morning. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SingaporeSummit</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Bill Birtles (@billbirtles) <a href="">June 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Air China 747 initially appeared destined for Beijing but flight tracking data shows it changed course and flew past the Chinese capital and now it's expected to land in Singapore in the afternoon. Another Air China flight, this one an Airbus A330, was seen departing Pyongyang and staying over Chinese territory as long as possible on its route to Singapore.

North Korea has not released details about how their supreme leader is traveling to Singapore but Singapore's own Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Kim is due for a meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday. A third Chinese cargo plane was sighted accompanying Kim Jon Un's flight and refueling in southern China's Guangdong providence before resuming its course to Singapore.

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The North Korean dictator has his own private Ilyushin jet capable of flying to Singapore without stopping for fuel. He recently used the jet on his visit in May to the Chinese coastal city of Dalian. Using two Air China planes to fly North Korean officials highlights the strength of the alliance between the two socialist countries.

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