The former Korean Air executive who was sacked and jailed for ‘nut rage’ tantrum aboard an airplane that has made a corporate comeback.
Heather Cho, the heiress to the South Korean conglomerate that owns the airline, has returned to work for another of his companies.
Ms Cho will have control of four hotels managed by KAL Hotel Network.
He hit the headlines in 2014, forcing the plane to return to its gate during a row over how nuts were served.
Ms Cho was fired and subsequently charged after the incident on the runway at New York’s JFK Airport.
It emerged that she had asked a junior member of the crew to be removed from the flight after they offered Ms Cho macadamia nuts in a bag, instead of presenting them on a plate.Abuse of power
Ms Cho, 44 years old, is the heir of the Hanjin Group – one of South Korea’s massive family-run business empires.
At the time of the accident was the executive vice president of Korean Air, and has become another symbol of excess and entitlement culture in the country of the so-called chaebols.
Ms Cho was accused of violating aviation safety, coercion and abuse of power in 2015.
But after serving less than half of its year of imprisonment, was then cleared of violating the aviation safety law, and his sentence was suspended on appeal.
The court has maintained the minor convictions, including interfering with the business practices, but reduced his sentence to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
The Supreme Court has confirmed the decision of last December.
The flight attendant has reprimanded, Park Chang-jin, has reportedly launched a legal action against Korean Air, claiming that he was demoted and faced discrimination in the society after the accident.