Two months ago, United Airlines selected Korean Air to perform heavy checks on its fleet of 27 747-400s. The work will bring Korean an estimated $60 million over the next five years, but this agreement is about far more than just money to the Seoul-based carrier: It means affirmation and a vote of confidence from a peer for its continuing effort to remake itself into one of the world's quality airlines. It's a journey born of necessity but continued throughout the turmoil and challenges ...

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