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User currently offlineMachTuck From United States of America, joined May 2008, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6514 times:

Hello all, this is my first post and TR on a.net. I've always wanted to do one of these. First, a disclaimer and apology...the pics were taken discreetly with a cell phone camera, and leave a lot to be desired.

I currently work in Ulsan, Korea, and was asked at the last moment to attend a job-related seminar in Seoul. The one saving grace for this unplanned Sunday business trip was the opportunity to fly. So, after a long night of mosquito-induced tossing and turning, I awoke from my unsettled sleep to what otherwise would have been a glorious Sunday morning in the Land of the Morning Calm.


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Ulsan at 6 am.


Anywho, let's get airborne!

5/11/2008
KE1602
Ulsan-Seoul (Gimpo)
S/Dep: 8:30
A/Dep: 8:40 (ATC spacing delay)
S/Arr: 9:15
A.Arr: 9:20
737-800
L/F approx. 60%

After a short cab ride, I approached the small arrival/check-in area at Ulsan's airport and handed the attractive female Korean Airlines employee my e-ticket confirmation and passport. She recognized that I was two hours early for my flight and offered tp place me on an earlier flight that was to depart in 5 minutes. Having nothing better to do, I accepted the change and ran upstairs to Gate 1 of only two with jetways, breezing onto the plane a mere 3 minutes out of the cab. Can't do that at O'Hare, folks.


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KE1602 at the Gate


The aircraft appeared to be in very good shape and was clean. Boarding music was Canon in D Major, which made for a strange promenade down the aisle. Legroom was ample. The flight attendants - well, let's face it, in Korea - stewardesses - were cordial and professional without lacking warmth..and they were beautiful as usual.

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At the gate



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After a minor ATC delay, we pushed back from the gate. Notably, the KE ground crew waved and gave us a courteous bow as the captain spun the plane around with vigor towards the runway. RKPU does not have a parallel taxiway, so we taxied to the end of Rwy 18 for a spirited rolling takeoff on Rwy 36.

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On the roll, rwy 36


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On upwind 36 over the farms, Korean Strait visible over the mountains


After levelling off at what I barely understood to be FL240, a complimentary drink service was offered by the flight attendants. We began our initial decent near Osan AB, and flew a long, scenic right downwind for 14R. The sprawl of Seoul was spectacular. My cell phone camera just cannot do it justice.

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Seoul sprawl


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Touchdown!


Deplaning was uneventful, but unfortunately the cockpit door remained shut. I then proceeded to the platform devoted to the City Air Terminal limousine bus, and was on the roll towards Samseongdong, ten minutes or so after leaving my seat on the plane. The bus was very comfortable, only three seats across. Enroute entertainment for this 30-minute drive included a television program at the front of the bus, and a snooty advertisement-magazine in the seatback pocket in front of me. Upon arriving at the City Air Terminal, I checked in for my flight back on Asiana, and went to snoop around the adjacent COEX Mall. After a few hours, it was time for a quick $4 lunch at the mall's food court to fortify me for the afternoon seminar. If you like Asian food, you could do far worse than the food courts at the COEX.

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Chicken cutlet in penko crumbs with slaw, white rice, gimchi, udon noodle soup, and a sauce resembling A-1


After my work was done for the day, I had a bit of time to kill, so I decided to check out Bongeun Temple near the City Air Terminal. In the middle of this commercialized concrete jungle, the thousand-year-old Bongeun Temple is a wonderful place for a calm respite and some real culture in the neighborhood. I had almost forgotten that we are celebrating Buddha's birthday this weekend (hence the lanterns)!


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The smell of incense, sounds of ancient Korean music, and scenes of the old with the young making offerings were magic for my soul, but they weren't enough to keep me from heading back to the airport early for some spotting at Gimpo.



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a sortie of A332s boarding for Pusan (a 45-minute turn!)


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My OZ 735 coming into the gate


OZ 8609
Seoul (Gimpo)-Ulsan
S/Dep: 7:35
A/Dep: 7:45
737-500
L/F 100%

Boarding the 735 went quickly, and we were greeted with some nice classical music upon entering the aircraft. While noticeably older, the 737 was very clean. The legroom was again ample but seemed less than on my earlier KE flight. perhaps it was because the plane was completely full in a one-class configuration.

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The land of OZ


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Pushback and start up were on-time, and we taxied to 32R for a rolling takeoff. Interestingly other KE 738's were making an intersection departure off of B2 or 3, but we went to the end. Maybe it was the TOW, although the runway is almost 12,000 feet in length.

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Once again, a short drink service was offered after initial climb-out, with empties collected on top at FL230, though our time at that altitude was parabolic given the short distance. Notably, my seatmate was fast asleep during the drink service, but the FA placed a small note on her seatback stating that they didn't want to disturb her, but service would be offered should she wake up and request it. For a 40-minute flight, I thought this was an extremely nice touch by OZ. We approached RKPU from the north and intercepted the localizer over the massive Hyundai Heavy Industries complex where the Tae-hwa river meets the Korean Strait. With classical music playing over the PA once again, I briefly caught a glimpse of rwy 36 as we lined up and saw that we were already on glide path. Red beside white and alright, we touched down essentially on-time at Ulsan. The back-taxi took only a minute or so, and we pulled into Gate 2 about 5 minutes behind schedule. Again, the cockpit door remained closed after parking.

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Overall, it seems like KE and OZ have their domestic feed down to a science - an enjoyable day of flying.

Thanks for reading, comments and questions are most welcome as this is my first TR on a.net.

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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5987 times:

Korean domestic flying-another chapter of my childhood I miss o-so-dearly  Sad

What do you do there? Military?



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineAOMlover From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 1308 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5901 times:

Thanks for that report !

I'll be spending a few months in Seoul for a university semester starting next September. I hope I'll have the chance to experience some Korean domestic flights.


User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2237 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5727 times:



Quoting MachTuck (Thread starter):
First, a disclaimer and apology...the pics were taken discreetly with a cell phone camera, and leave a lot to be desired.

I enjoyed the photos - no disclaimer necessary in my opinion! On the basis of two brief stopovers I rate Seoul pretty good for a short stop. Thanks for the TR.



Applying insanity to normality
User currently offlineSkyTeamTriStar From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

Your cell phone takes great pics!

User currently offlineMfz From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4830 times:

Nice report. I'll be stopping over in Seoul enroute to Manila in about two weeks time, and I am already looking forward to it.

Quoting SkyTeamTriStar (Reply 4):
Your cell phone takes great pics!

I double that! Please be so kind as to reveal which cellphone your are actually using?

Cheers,
Mike



Extra Bavariam non est vita et si est non est ita! --- My flights: http://my.flightmemory.com/mfz
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4797 times:

Your cell phone takes good pictures!


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User currently offlineHeeseokKoo From South Korea, joined Jan 2005, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4644 times:

I had so much fun reading your TR. I looked your pork-cutlet lunch picture for a couple of minutes - I miss that. Also the flower lanterns in the temple - do you know it costs like 100 USD or more to hang that one? I believe my dad and my grandma paid that much for the lantern with all best wishes for me - living alone in abroad - and my family.

Once fast-train (KTX) opens next year, I think frequency of Ulsan domestic flights will decrease in the end.


User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

Nice report and an interesting look into a flight that many of us will not have the opportunity to make.


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineMachTuck From United States of America, joined May 2008, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4244 times:

The cell phone is a Korean one I bought in Ulsan. Its made by the Korean comapny EVER: http://www.ever.co.kr/Eng/product/prd_detail.asp?no=61

User currently offlineMachTuck From United States of America, joined May 2008, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4243 times:



Quoting HeeseokKoo (Reply 7):

Thanks, and agreed. Once the KTX train comes to Ulsan, the flights to Seoul may decrease by levels seen in Busan and Daegu, which are currently served by KE, OZ and KTX. Still I think they'll keep the service - if nothing else because Gimpo is closer to Incheon than the central Seoul KTX station and the fares are comprable.


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