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Any One Flew Korean Air Before?  
User currently offlineVictor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 90 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

I just booked Korean Air flight from Hong Kong via Seoul to LA during my summer holiday.. I want to know any one flew KE before.. And how are KE like?
Okay.. Thank you ...  Smile

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User currently offlineBluewhite From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

I have and I found them fairly average in terms of service.
Of interest, they take off very very quickly (probably under full power) but you'll know what I mean when you fly them.

BW


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Geez!!!
Someone who flew Korean.....and lived to tell the tale.  Wow!


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

They are quite good. Lots of leg room in Economy, good food (heavy on fish, seafood and vegetables), polite service, clean planes. You will not see 120 channels of entertainment and fawning FAs, but you will see comfort, professionalism, and finesse.

User currently offlineVictor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Here is my flight..
29June KE604 HK to Seoul Dep.Time:1250 Arr.Time:1710 Aircraft:B777-300
29June KE011 Seoul to LA Dep.Time:2020 Arr.Time:1520 Aircraft:B747-400
20July KE016 LA to Seoul Dep.Time:2330 Arr.Time:0405/22July Aircraft:B747-400
22July KE603 Seoul to HK Dep.Time:0840 Arr.Time:1130 Aircraft:B777-300


User currently offlineStandby87 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

I'd go along with Jaysit: it's good service. I flew a few sectors out there when I was working with KAL some years ago and never had a problem: punctual flights and helpful crew. I have to say that I was surprised at the poor level of English of the flight crew that I bumped into on the bus into Kimpo from the computer center where I was based. KAL has a poor safety record, but things are improving and I'd fly them again for sure.

Mind you, stormy night into a tricky airport and we start climbing away on a go-around and you'd probably see me counting the seat rows I had to walk before finding an exit. Just as a safety measure you know, I'm not casting aspertions on the flight crew.

Victor - BTW, I don't know why exactly, but that route to SEL up from HKG can be really choppy. I guess it's something to do with winds coming off the mainland. Or maybe I was just a bit unlucky the times I flew it, but it's nowt to be concerned about.


User currently offlineJr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 970 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Agree with Jaysit 100%. Professional and tidy. I enjoyed their service DFW-SEL-BKK and back.


I've flown on 9V-SPK.
User currently offlineKAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

Have a great trip...
Never have had a problem with them. Polite, professional, good service, and the safety record is improving by leaps and bounds, and many, many peole fly KE and walk away just fine... (of course, I'm a little biased... Big grin) The planes are rather new, especially the 773 out of ICN. The 744 service out of LAX is nice as well.

But if I had a choice, I'd still fly them.

regards,
Tom


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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

Delta and Air France were happy with the latest internal safety audit, so code-sharing has resumed with both carriers (Delta code-shares beginning in May).

I myself am booked on a Korean flight LHR-ICN-SYD and back in December/Jan, and looking forward to this 'roomy' Economy with its 34" seat pitch!

Great livery, btw.

Regards


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Capt. Picard, I've flown that route, and I have to say that you're in for a treat. If possible, try and find out what the winds are like, because you'll be arriving early in the morning and the sunrise when flying the coast of Australia is awesome. So, if the winds are coming in from the north, you'll want to be seated on the right (as in opposite of left) side of the plane, and if the winds are coming from the south, I'd say go for a seat in the left side of the plane.
Either way, you'll be getting one fine view of Sydney!


User currently offlineFTraveler From United States of America, joined May 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Great experience on KE - HNL-ICN-LAX / SFO-ICN-HNL. I would rate KE's Prestige business class one of the best, although seat recline leaves much to be desired. Cabin service and food, to me at least, is excellent and beats all American carriers. When was the last time you were asked how you would like your steak done? Toothbrushes w/ toothpaste, combs and shoe horns are in all lavs, mid-flight snacks are in the galley areas throughout the aircraft.

ICN is a world-class airport. Bright, modern and functional. The food court airside is great - choice of western and asian meals and they accept foreign currency! Only thing lacking is rail transport to Seoul, but they are working on it and it should be up and running by 2005.


User currently offlineAsianaAirlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

I think that you would really like Korean Air! There are usually 2 or 3 flights into Incheon from LAX every day. But only 1 or 2 of them are new planes that include the new "Morning Calm First Class". I frequently fly with Asiana, but the Korean Air flight attendents were very nice to me when I helped check in my grandmother for her KE012 flight to ICN.

User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1041 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

I admit I have had very limited experience on Korean Airlines, but I must admit I was very pleasently surprised. The service was very good. The FA's could not have been nicer. I had some concerns about safety, but ...... I have made it.

You will really enjoy the new Inchon airport. It is something!



User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

I flew them this summer:

DFW-ICN 747-400
ICN-PEK 777-300

Over all, it was about average. It was my first time on an Asian carrier, and I greatly enjoyed the experience. It's not something to write home about, but it is a very professional, clean, and friendly airline.

In Economy, I was surprised by how much my seat would recline, it was more than I have ever experienced before.

The food was pretty good, mostly Asian dishes, and the flight attendants were very helpful and attentive.

Enjoy your trip.

UAL747


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

Well, I flew once GMP-PUS with KE AB6 and ICN-HKG on a 773. Both flights where very nice, good food (ICN-HKG), nice crew and everything was fine...


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User currently offlineGeert From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

There was a story in Flight International a couple of weeks ago on a KAL stopover in Anchorage early this year (and probably long discussed in this forum) - after refueling they took off from the taxiway. If taking of at full power is a company policy - why not, right?

User currently offlineSmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

To observe the operation of KE, I am not sure why KE has so poor safety record as AA to get rid of mileage-alliance with KE. They communicates smoothly in ATC, and no worry about behavior in landing and depature. Have a fun with KE, and if whether permitting enjoy how Tokyo city
in Japan looks from the height of 30000-40000ft enroute  Smile


User currently offlineSmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1629 times:

Hey Geert, that's CAL from Taiwan, not KAL from Korea. I have witnessed several things critical about CAL, but never about KAL.

User currently offlineGeert From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

Thank you Smolt for setting me straight. I trusted on my memory but in these thing one should know for sure. Sorry for that.


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

CPH-R,

Thanks for the advice-I have actually flown the SYD approach before, flying in from the North before looping back to make a sort of Northwards-facing landing (don't know what the R/W orientations are).

Seems most people rate them above-average in terms of service-so I, as well as Victor am looking forward to the flight-I'm still slightly nervous about flying with an airline which has had a number of accidents, but hey-ho, the fare beat every other airline from UK to Australia!

Regards


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Our company forbids corporate travel on KE for safety reasons . Currently there are five airlines on that list.

User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Greg,

That is really ridiculous, but then again I've heard various storys from people who's company dont allow them to fly any american carrier (after 11/9). Quiet frustrating if the only direct flights to the US out of BRU are operated solely by US carriers.

Capt.Picard and Victor,

KE are among the best airlines in the whole wide world. Their service is outstanding, their fleet one of the youngest around, ICN is a really nice airport and I would never doubt their safety.

Enjoy your trip and I'm looking forward to your trip reports.

ooh and Greg,

Do consider trying them on a leisure trip, you'll love it!

Regards, manni



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User currently offlineVictor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Thank you your all comment...
Actually I am quite worry about KE their safety. But never mind.. I think KE must have improvie a lot in this few years. So never mind..Also their price is so good.. At least cheaper than CX and UA. So that why i choose KE..


User currently offlineAsianaAirlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Incheon is so nice! Go visit the website to see what you're in for! (www.wingedcity.com)

User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Victor, dont worry about their safety! Funny that you mention UA as being a better alternative if they were cheaper, I would be worried about their security instead. UA aren't better than KE, they dont come even close IMO, but CX and KE are equals.


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25 KAL_LM : Funny someone should mentioned that they're on a banned list, but what really amusing is that they have made such a leap in safety that the US Departm
26 AsianaAirlines : Victor, Its all good, I was worried for my relatives' safety when they went off and flew KAL, but i remained optimistic. They havent had a huge crash
27 Braniff place : I have flown Korean Airlines before! It was a wonderful experience. I had flown them on the BNE-SYD-ICN route. The stewardesses very kindly greet you
28 Post contains images Asgeirs : Nope, nobody ever has. They have been flying without passengers from the very beginning. (Sorry, I just couldn't resist the urge to give a silly answe
29 Hkgspotter1 : NO, and I never will.
30 Hawkeye2 : Manni, how nice to hear from you my friend... I've seen you've kept quiet ever since I posted those Guam CVR transcripts and NTSB accident report link
31 Kaitakfan : Manni your statement regarding UA and its security is rather absurd. I fly United alot and I think they have some of the best security measures now. F
32 Post contains images AIrsicknessbag : >>>They havent had a huge crash ever since the one in Guam. You kidding? After Guam, they lost another four planes, two 747, one MD11 and one MD80. KE
33 Capt.Picard : Airsicknessbag, If I were to be 100% honest, I would admit that had I more money, I would have avoided flying Korean, whatever people on this forum ma
34 Post contains images AIrsicknessbag : >>>The likelihood of my dying in a plane crash is remote, so therefore, on balance, I decided it was ok to go ahead and book with KE. Of course. The c
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