Kumho Asiana Team chairman Park Sam-koo (right) shakes hands with French Ambassador Fabien Penone at the diplomat's place of abode in Seoul on Monday. /Courtesy of Kumho Asiana Community
Kumho Asiana Organization chairman Park Sam-koo on Monday accredited his club in the French Legion of Honor, an extraordinary award for a Korean.Park was once given the ornament at French Ambassador Fabien Penone's house in Seoul for his contribution to bilateral exchanges and the aviation industry. The legion d'honneur is the absolute best French decoration for army and civil merit and changed into established in 1802 by capacity of Napoleon.Other Korean participants are POSCO founder Park Tae-joon, the overdue Hanjin Group founder Cho Joong-hoon, Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee, Lotte chairman Shin Dong-bin and Hanjin Group chairman Cho Yang-ho.Penone expressed his admire for Park's efforts in boosting bilateral relations. Park stated it was a "tremendous honor" to acquire the accolade this year, which marks the 130th anniversary of bilateral ties.Asiana Airlines opened an Incheon-Paris direction in 2008 after decades of domination by rival Korean Air. Asiana could also be a visitor of Airbus, the Ecu aerospace firm.The carrier has already purchased an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet and plans to shop for five more this year.