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Route : London to Seoul

Airline: Asiana (OZ)

Cabin Class: Business

Equipment : Boeing 777-200

Flight Number: OZ522

Seat Number: 5K

Asianas Business Smartium Class

Date: December 21, 2013

Departure time in London (LHR): 21:00

Arrival time in Seoul (ICN): 16:50

*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #42

 

Text and Photography by Arthur Jeciel

Introduction

January 15, 2014 Last May, I was able to fly two times with Asiana in business class, the first from Osaka to Seoul and the second from Seoul to Saigon. Without doubt, I enjoyed both flights with them. Since this London to Seoul flight is much longer, I thought I would be able to experience more of the good service and excellent food. And I have to say I was not disappointed, the food and service were excellent, or perhaps even better!

The Asiana check in desks are located in Zone K of Terminal 1 which is a bit secluded, together with other airlines like Aegean, TAP and Transareo.

Check in

The check in desks for economy class passengers had a long queue while the business class was empty when I came to the check- in area.

My third Asiana boarding card (in business class) for this year!

Lounge

After checking in and getting my boarding cards, I went straight to the Star Alliance Lounge where I had my shower and light dinner.

Aircraft

The beautiful Boeing 777-200 bound for Seoul that night. Boarding started on time at Gate B29.

Cabin

The business class cabin has a 1-2-1 configuration with the latest Quadra Smartium seats. This is actually identical to the business class seats of Thai Airways on their Airbus 380-800, in my opinion. That night, 21 of the 24 seats were occupied.

 

 

Seat

My lovely seat 5K, which turns into a fully flat bed.

The personal foldable table tray, again similar to Thai Airways on the Airbus 380-800.

The reading lamp on the right hand side of the seat is helpful in case you want to have some reading later.

As soon as the passengers were seated, the cabin crew started serving water and orange juice. I decided to have a glass of water instead.

Very spacious legroom, and of course the ottoman serves as part of the bed when the seat is in full recline.

The Safety Information Card located on the right side of the seat.

After a few minutes, the cabin crews started distributing Arrival Cards as well as the Customs Declaration cards. Since I was just transiting in Seoul, I didn't really need them although I asked the attendant if I could take a picture of the tray she was holding and she did not hesitate at all.

 

Afterwards, the newspaper and magazine trolley came. Also, the assistant purser, Mina came to my seat and introduced herself as being in charge of the cabin and informed me that I could call her incase I would be needing something. Lastly, the hot towels were also distributed. About five minutes after the scheduled take off, the captain came to the PA and informed us of the flight time of 10 hours. Some 25 minutes later, the captain apologized for the delay due to traffic, with five aircrafts ahead of us.

 

Meal

I loved the cover design of the menu card as well as the wine list, they made me hungry and thirsty!

The table set up was done perfectly and for my drinks, I ordered a glass of guava juice since it is my favorite juice. The champagne on board was the Piper-Heidsieck Brut. They also had different kinds of wines, beers, the Korean rice wine"Makgeolli", and non alcoholic beverages. For dinner, one could choose between the Korean meal which consisted of the famous dish, Bibimbap or the international meal. I love Bibimbap and enjoyed it many times when I was in South Korea a few years ago but I had to settle for a non-Korean meal on board.

 

Appetizer: Tuna Nicoise

 

Soup: Mushroom Cream Soup

Main course: Beef Tenderloin Steak

Served with Green Peppercorn Saucce, Duchess Potato, Red Onion, Carrot and Broccolli

 

The other choices were: Steamed Hake Fish and Pecan and Maple Crusted Chicken Breast.

Cheese: Camembert and Stilton

Dessert: Chocolate Toffee Cake

Tea

 

Besides the main courses, one could request light snacks throughout the flight which consisted of sandwich, seasonal fresh fruit, ramen and scones. I was either sleeping or watching films in between so I didn't have the time to try any of these.

Second Serving: Snack

After having a short goodnights sleep, it was time for the second serving.

Appetizer: Smoked Duck, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Raisin Salad

Main Course: Braised Chicken

Served with Oriental Sauce, Stir-fried vegetables and Fried Rice

 

The other choices were Mixed Seafood with saffron sauce served with Linguini Pasta or Korean Porridge Sogogi Chaeso Juk, a rice porridge with beef and vegetables.

 

The trolley with fresh fruits and coffee/tea.

A small bowl of fresh fruit is just what I needed to invigorate me.

Entertainment

The entertainment controls and the seat controls.

The headset was pretty basic, maybe not in par with other airlines like Thai Airways.

From the movie selection, I decided to watch Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2.

The amenity kit consisted of L'occitane skin care products, eyeshade, earplugs, a comb and a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Time to sleep

Turndown service done by yours truly.

The pillow, duvet and slippers.

And just before dimming the lights in the cabin, the flight attendants distributed bottles of mineral water.

Shortly after having my light snack, I was handed a customer's comments card. Of course, I only had good things to write about this flight!

Toilet and Lavatory

The business class cabin has two lavatories located in the forward left side of the cabin. On the right side was the small galley where the crews have prepared all the meals for the flight. Inside the lavatory, there were L'occitane skin care products as well as toothbrush/toothpaste and combs.

The toilet was always kept clean.

Transit at Incheon International Airport

As usual, the business class passengers were the first ones to leave the aircraft. I immediately went to the Asiana Business Lounge, to check some emails and have a shower. I have to say I really love this lounge.

 

 

Conclusion

Asiana has once again delivered excellent service and very good food on this flight. I love the fact that the cabin attendants were so professional and yet friendly, and that they really took care of me. In case you are travelling from Europe to North Asia, Asiana Airlines is highly recommended. Kamsahamnida, Asiana!

 

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