POSTED: March 24th 2014

Korean Air to design national sleds ahead of PyeongChang 2018

Korean Air will use their know how to make the sleds more aerodynamic / Korean Air
Korean Air will use their know how to make the sleds more aerodynamic / Korean Air

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Korean bobsleigh team will use a new sled at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, designed by Korea’s largest airline – Korean Air Lines – and local universities.

Korea National Sport University, Sungkyunkwan University and Inha University experts will join the affiliate of Hanjin Group to create the body of the sled and its runners.

Work on the new sled design will begin in May, with testing set for November 2014 through February 2015. Plenty of time will be left for more development on the final product before it is release ahead of the 2018 Winter Games.

“Bobsleds are manufactured with carbon materials, which are also used in aircraft,” Korean Air Lines said in a release. “And since aerodynamics are also crucial, KAL’s technology and know-how developed in the aerospace business will shine in sports science.”

The airline also said the collaborative work to design Korea’s national sled would help the development of the Korean sports industry.

Automakers such as BMW and Ferrari have already aided in the development of bobsleds in Europe, but Korean Air Lines will be the first airline to get involved in sled design.

Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho, also Korean Olympic Committee Chief Vice Chairman, helped PyeongChang win the rights to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and supports the new Korean Air Lines initiative.

The Korean bobsleigh team has had troubles with Dutch sleds in practice, despite a best finish of 18th at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, causing Cho to order Korean Air Lines’ decision to design new sleds for the team.

Keywords · PyeongChang · PyeongChang 2018 · Korea · Korean Air Lines · Sochi 2014 · Olympic WInter Games · Bobsleigh · Bobsled · BMW · Ferrari · Olympics ·

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