EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7633 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2852 times:
I have never been on any of them but I believe that KE is upgrading its upper-classes in order to offer a truly premium product. I am sure you can find more info on this here in a.net or in KE's website. If you can get a ticket on the new KE's first class in September, I would definitely try it.
ORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
I have flown on KE in business class and the service was VERY nice. The food was good and the seats comfortable. It wasn't top tear but still of a world standard. The other advantage is the connection in ICN. That airport is one of the nicest I have ever been in. The KE lounges are spectacular with huge vistas of the airfield. That alone made it worth my while to take KE as opposed to connecting in MSP or DTW on NW
UNITED777300 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 131 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
NWA's WorldBuisness Class product is not a true Buisness class, nor is it a tur first class. It's more of a hybrid of the two. NWA did this because they feel that thus way they can make more money with only two classes.
Flykal From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 443 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
i would rather swim across the pacific rather than fly on Korean Air...*dons flamesuit*
Geez and isn't that funny AirxLiban, we have a few of your Lebanese countrymen who often pilot Korean jets across the pacific. Must say these days I would much rather fly with them than touch a MEA aircraft.
Anyhow, enough of the passionate comments (from all sides)...
Amirs - where would you be originating your journey from?? This may determine exactly what aircraft type you would get and the configuration. It is true that the upgrade is coming (too slowly I believe), but it would not be ready by September this year. Some cities also offer a "P" class which is listed as higher than "F", due to the configuration 12P versus 16F on a 744 for example.
As a KE contract employee for the last four years, I have of course flown Premium, First, Business and Economy hundreds of times now, but it would be helpful to know your planned starting city before I comment further.
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Manni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
Guessing by the question you ask, I guess you've never flown on KE. If you had, you wouldn't have to ask us. I'd fly any day KE before NW, even if it involves a detour or an extra stop. In fact I'd fly KE any day before any other non-Asian airline, particularly American carriers. Have a nice trip on KE!
SCRAMJET From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
I agree with IP.
However, you might want to check out the websites of the carriers. Check out their in-flight services. It basically comes down to how much time you want to spend in the air or how many miles you want to accrue in your frequent flyer program.
The KE service isn't daily DFW/ICN so that might be a determining factor. Of course, flying on a new 777 would be quite an experience if you've never flown on one. NW's 747-400s are very nice as well, and if you're lucky, you may get one of the few newly redone -400s with the new World Business Class Seats!
SR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 38
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
I have not flown KE let alone their F to be able to compare, but I have flown WBC on NW numerous times. As much as I like WBC, I would also opt for KE's F, simply cause it is F. I imagine the food and service to be of a higher standard on KE despite the fact that others say they are no comparison to other Asian carriers.
These pictures are of NW's old WBC which is most likely what you will get to HKG, though the upper deck of the 742 (2nd picture) may beat KE's seats in terms of comfort and legroom. They are NW's old First Class seats and I can tell you are some of the best seats currently out there. If you choose to fly NW, try to get seats in the upper deck of the 742 on the NRT-HKG sector.
This is a picture of NW's new WBC that is still being rolled out on the 744's. I have tried this seat on the A330 and I got to say I was more than impressed. (Yes I have flown the Asian and European carriers full flat business class seats. I find these on par with CX/SQ/BA etc...)
If you want more information on NW's WBC service, let me know. I wrote a few trip reports on my numerous flights and can link them for you if you wish.
Whatever you decide, you can't go wrong with either.
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1911 times:
we have a few of your Lebanese countrymen who often pilot Korean jets across the pacific
I didn't know koreans made jets. Presumably, you are referring to KE aircraft. Either way, i didn't know that.
In any event, my original comment was made not from a safety standpoint, but rather the fact that I imagine the interior of any of their aircraft smelling like vinegar, even though I know that this is not the case. Call me childish if you will...but its just the image that i have in my mind.
getting back onto the topic...sinec you're going from NYC you could do either one somewhat directly. do you have some sort of mileage programme preference?
anyway, as is obvious, since i have NOT flown korean air and i have NOT flown on NWA my contributions to this thread are of the negative variety, i'll let you guys continue discussing the matter.
Edit: i saw amirs follow up post saying he was flying from new york, so i deleted the bit about where are you starting from
WingnutMN From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1907 times:
I think that all of NW 744 are to be fitted with the new WBC by the end of this year. So if you are flying in september, the odds are much better of having the new WBC than the old WBC. If you are leaving from JFK, then you will be stopping in NRT if you fly NW.
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing! It's a bonus if you can fly the plane again!!