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4 Flts, 4 Airlines, 1 Day. Flying Korean Domestic.  
User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2342 posts, RR: 9
Posted (2 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9665 times:

Hello fellow aviation nerds! This is my first trip report. After reading numerous other reports on this site over the years I've finally decided to take the plunge and become a fully published aviation geek for the whole world to see!

Introduction:

I am in South Korea and East Asia for the first time, and as part of my duty with the US Army I'm here for the next year. I've been overseas before as I was born in Germany and lived there the majority of my life but this area of the world is new to me. So what better way for an aviation geek to see the country than by plane!

I live in Seoul and have experienced the city and sampled it's huge database of eateries, night life and historical sites, but what other way is there for a 'geek of the aeronautical persuasion' to sample a country than by it's airlines? So I cruise the Internet looking to build a good itinerary for one of the days I'll have off of work. The prices were pretty good and I spent a total of maybe US$250 on all 4 flights. I originally was only planning on a single 'there and back' between Seoul and Busan trip but realized that due to me arriving back in Seoul at an early hour, I could easily fit another round trip to Jeju in as wel! 

So it was set, I would fly two round trips out of GMP to both PUS and CJU and still get back before 01h00 curfew! My routing for the day would be:

GMP-PUS with Air Busan (BX) 735
PUS-GMP with Korean Air (KE) 738
GMP-CJU with Eastar Jet (ZE) 736
CJU-GMP with Asiana Airlines (OZ) A320



Date: Monday 23 July 2012
From: Seoul-Gimpo International Airport (GMP)
To: Busan-Gimhae International Airport (PUS)
Aircraft: HL7233 Boeing 737-58E
Airline: Air Busan
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 17A

Getting to the Airport:

Woke up around 05h00 and after getting ready, left my room around 05h30 for the walk to Samgakji Subway station. After riding subways in London, New York, Washington D.C. and Paris, I would definitely have to say that Seoul has the best system that I've ever been on. It's so clean, well lit and the fact that I and everyone around me could use cell phones and other mobile devices was a definite bonus. There must be some sort of signal booster that helps with reception. I also like the fact that at every platform they have doors that serve as barriers between the platform and the tracks. You often hear in the news of people or baby carriages falling off the platform and onto the tracks. These should definitely be installed on other metro systems around the world!

Anyways... back to the report.
The trip to GMP takes about an hour but that's because I didn't take the Express Train that skips most of the smaller stops on it's way to the airport.

At the Airport:

Once I arrive at the Airport it's about 06h45 and start the LONG walk to the domestic terminal. By the time I arrive at the area to check in, I'm almost drenched with sweat. Though I soon realize it's not from over exerting myself but from the fact the air conditioning was barely blowing and the humidity from outside was now inside the check in area. I head over to the Air Busan counter and at first try my hand at the 'self checkin' kiosks that litter the immediate area. However no sooner do I start to try and type in the confirmation code from the email that was sent to me does a nice gentleman walk up and kindly point me to the main desk since "that code won't work here". It turns out I was at a kiosk that was "self check in" but only for those with an Asiana (Air Busan partners with them) frequent flyer account which I didn't have. So I head over to the counter and confirm my window seat with the lady who checks my passport and gives me my boarding pass. I love how Korean Airports print out their boarding passes. Instead of a thick card with a part to tear off, their boarding passes are more like receipts from the supermarket which you can simply fold up and put in your pocket without the fear of the easy tear portion of the pass coming off prematurely.

I head on through security almost immediately afterwards to try and get away from the unbearable humidity. Security was a breeze (no taking off of shoes!) and I almost immediately feel the difference. Their A/C was on full blast which felt like heaven compared to the muggy hell that I just emerged from.

My flight would depart from Gate 15 at 08h30 so I had a few minutes to get a cappuccino at the cafe near the gate and call my girlfriend back in the States (Korea is +14 hours ahead of US Central Time Zone) but it turns out I interrupted her while she was at work. Whoops!!! She works at a hotel and it turns out they needed her to work on Sunday.   So instead of me talking to the sexiest and most beautiful woman alive I end up picking up my camera and feed my addiction to aviation.

Below is what I had to show for it:

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Low costs all lined up
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Jeju Air taking off
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Rivals
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Main parking area
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Jeju Air at the gate next to ours
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HL7559 taxiing by... More on this bird later
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My bird arriving at the gate. HL7233 which was first delivered to OZ in 1995 before being transferred to Air Busan in 2009.
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The plane arrives right on time and it takes less than 5 minutes for everybody to get off and the new crew to get on. Another 5 minutes go by before they announce boarding and I'm among the first dozen or so that line up.
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Once on board, I find my window seat at 17A and immediately settle in.
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The leg room isn't that bad. Not quite enough to totally stretch out but enough to be comfortable to an hour flight. I found it comfortable as I'm 5'9" but maybe not so much if you were 6' or more.

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We push back right on time and head to the runway. There was no line and once we get to the runway (sorry, didn't see which one) we start our takeoff roll.
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The flight itself is relatively uneventful other than the drink service that came through the cabin.
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Interesting looking gunk that seems to be coming from the flaps. Anybody know what this is?
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It was overcast most of the trip but we were soon treated to great views once we began our approach into Busan.
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Anybody know what bridge this is?
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Tanker below
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Final approach into Busan
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Touchdown!
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Vietnam Airlines
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Lufthansa about to head back to MUC via ICN.
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Another Vietnam Airlines but in Skyteam colors
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Surprise surprise! It's our old friend HL7559 from GMP
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Never heard of this interesting airline. Anybody know more?
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Police Helicopter
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We arrive at Gate 12 right on time. Once I get off the plane I head right on past the baggage area and to the main terminal. It's 09h45 and my flight for Gimpo isn't until 12h30 but I decide to check in anyways (window seat again ) and proceed to explore the terminal. I realize I haven't had anything to eat (cappuchino at GMP is all I've had) so I head to a 7-11 (they're EVERYWHERE in Korea!) and get a sandwich and drink. I polish that off rather quickly so I head back for a second sandwich. I decide to go through security around 11h00 and again it's ridiculously quick and simple. Why can't TSA screening in the US be more like this?

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Date: Monday 23 July 2012
From: Busan-Gimhae International Airport (PUS)
To: Seoul-Gimpo International Airport (GMP)
Aircraft: HL7559 Boeing 737-86N
Airline: Korean Air
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 43A

The Flight:

My flight would depart from Gate 11 and no sooner does the previous flight leave, the aircraft that would be taking me back to Gimpo shows up. Who is it? No other than our old friend HL7559.
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Boarding is done quickly and efficiently. People here actually LINE UP in a decent order to get on! Interesting concept. I would almost never have seen this in the US or Western Europe.

I get onboard and find my seat next to the window at 43A. Almost immediately I begin to realize how much more room there is compared not just to the Air Busan flight I was just on but in almost every other ecomomy class seat I've ever been in! I was amazing. And the fact that the two seats next to me would remain empty for the flight was even better. The overall load on this flight was maybe 60%.
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Pushback happened right on time and we headed towards the runway (Again I didn't get the runway number) and almost immediately begin our take off roll.
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Upon banking left, I was able to get a glimpse of the airport
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Cabin
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The skies were generally clearer on the way back to Seoul
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Final approach and landing
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While taxiing to our parking area I saw a KE passenger 744 at Gate 7 boarding. Upon arrival at the terminal, the board said the plane was headed to Jeju. How often does KE send their 744s to Jeju? I never knew this. I'll have to try it some time. Also regarding KE 744s, how many ops do they have out of GMP? I ask this because while taxiing in I saw now fewer than 4 passenger 744s at various locations around the airport. Do they all actually fly services from GMP or do they come there more for maintenance?
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Today we disembarked via stairs and got on the bus to take up to the terminal
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Again, once off the bus, I quickly walked past the baggage claim area and back to the check in area for my Eastar Jet flight to Jeju. It was approx 13h45 when I checked in at the counter. The lady looked at my reservation and took a look at her watch with a puzzled look on her face since my flight wasn't supposed to leave GMP until 16h10. I get my boarding pass (again, more like a shopping receipt than anything) and head through security (again, very quick and simple)



Date: Monday 23 July 2012
From: Seoul-Gimpo International Airport (GMP)
To: Jeju International Airport (CJU)
Aircraft: HL7781 Boeing 737-683 (ex SAS and flyglobespan)
Airline: Eastar Jet
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 2A

While waiting for the flight to arrive, I again continue to take pictures of other airlines in the area. Since the 744 at Gate 7 was already gone, I was out of luck.  

KE A330 (HL7702)
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KE 738 (HL7758)
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Jin Air 738 (HL7564)
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T'way Airlines 738 (HL8235)
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Asiana 734 (HL7513) boarding
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Haha! Nobody ever said anything...
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Jin Air 738 (HL7557) arriving at the gate
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Boading Pass
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My bird arriving at the gate
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Boarding commenced almost right after the last passenger got off and in no time I was sitting in my window seat (2A). I almost had a heart attack when I saw how close these seats were to one another. On no other aircraft (and I've flown RyanAir) have I seen such cramped quarters. I'm 5'9" and my legs started to cramp after about 20 minutes. I'd hate to be someone who is 6' or taller trying to sit.
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We pushed back right on time and were airborne in no time.

A little while into our trip to Jeju we came across this runway. Couldn't really tell what airport this is. Anyone know?
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Skies were clear most of the way
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Another airfield a bit past halfway of our journey. Anyone?
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Upon landing at Jeju I get off and almost immediately and get back to the check in hall to check in. Once all is said and done, I get another quick bite to eat from a nearby 7-11. Before heading through security though, I decide to head outside the terminal for some fresh air and I snapped a few pics of the terminal building and control tower.

Arrivals level
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Departures level
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Once through security I came across an enormous duty free area. Is this Jeju or Heathrow?
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I had a ridiculous amount of time before my flight left back to GMP at 21h10 so I decided to go in. I was not impressed at all. Nothing but perfume and jewelry. Not my cup of tea so I left. Instead I start to play with some of the settings on my camera since I'd only had it a few weeks. With the sun beginning to set, I was able to get some pretty good shots IMO.
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Date: Monday 23 July 2012
From: Jeju International Airport (CJU)
To: Seoul-Gimpo International Aiport (GMP)
Aircraft: HL7745 Airbus A320-232 (delivered new 2006)
Airline: Asiana Airlines
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 18A

My flight to GMP was slightly delayed about 10 minutes due to unknown circumstances and our gate was also changed from 7 to Gate 9.
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The aircraft arrived right on time but due to the darkness, the light from the terminal and the fact that I was shooting through glass, it didn't turn out so well.
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Boarding begins and we get on board with no hassle. I make my way to my window seat (18A) and realized that I have a new favorite airline. The legroom was AMAZING! I was able to stretch out almost to the point of my head being on my seat before I touched the barrier to the seat ahead of me. The seats were amazingly soft and everything was so CLEAN!
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People boarding
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Pushback was only a few minutes late and we headed to the runway. No line meant no wait so we took off immediately. The flight was smooth and the flight attendants served drinks and walked through the cabin offering duty free items. The flight attendant uniforms at Asiana are so professional looking and their attendants were so beautiful it almost made me ashamed of what US carriers had to offer.

Anyways, we land back in Seoul right at on time and proceed to disembark the aircraft. At the late hour (22h25) the terminal is empty and we proceed downstairs where I walk past the luggage area and get on the subway line back home. This time I get the express train and I arrive back home well before the 01h00 curfew.

Final Thoughts:

Flying in Korea was all that I expected and more. The airports were easy to navigate, security was extremely simple and easy and whether you were at GMP, CJU or PUS it was standard across the board. Today was a big success since I was able to get 4 flights, 4 different airlines and 3 airports without a hitch. Also the fact that I was able to get 4 different aircraft types (735, 738, 736, A320) added further feelings of success.

Air Busan was a a good airline with ok seats, but beautiful flight attendants who really took pleasure in their jobs.

Korean Air had great leg room with beautiful flight attendants.

Eastar Jet had terrible leg room but great service from beautiful flight attendants

Asiana had amazing leg room with extremely comfortable seats and extremely beautiful flight attendants. I will definitely fly them again!

I hope you enjoyed my report and photos.

-Chris


"Drunks run stop signs. Stoners wait for them to turn green."
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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9605 times:

Hi Chris

Looks like you had a busy day - welcome to the world of trip reporting on A.net! Thanks for this. I really enjoyed reading it.

Quote:
It's so clean, well lit and the fact that I and everyone around me could use cell phones and other mobile devices was a definite bonus.

Ha! I think you'll find a lot of us in London would disagree with that being a definite "bonus". The tube is one of the last bastions where cell phones cannot be used in public and it's bliss not to have to listen to loud, inane conversations from other people while I commute to and from work. The longer this stays this way, the better!

Nice to see some pics of Gimpo Airport - which now really looks its age. Amazing that everything used to fly out of there before ICN was built.

That Eastar Jet looked battered - I wonder when they last cleaned that aircraft? Nice to get a -600 as they remain pretty rare these days.

Oh and yes, Starflyer are a Japanese airline who mostly fly domestic hops with A320s but they seem to have one international route out of their home base at Kitakyushu - see http://www.starflyer.jp/en/

Look forward to reading more about your travels.

Cheers Palmjet



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1658 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9603 times:
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Hello FRAspotter,

Thanks for this interesting report! Seemingly you had quite a joyful day of flying around S Korea and good to see you scored 4 different airlines in 1 day. There's quite some exotic stuff to see apparently and I wasn't aware of the fact that S Korea has quite some niche carriers up and running. My personal favourite here is Asiana, the cabin looks the most inviting one.

I noticed as well that for non of your flights, you got no real boarding pass? Only those receipt lookalikes...

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
Lufthansa about to head back to MUC via ICN.

PUS-ICN, is that a 5th freedom flight then?

Sultanils



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2342 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9584 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
PUS-ICN, is that a 5th freedom flight then?

No. I made a point of looking it up but they aren't allowed to carry passengers who just want to fly between PUS and ICN...  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
and it's bliss not to have to listen to loud, inane conversations from other people while I commute to and from work.

From what I witnessed, the Koreans were using them more for listening to music or watching videos with their headphones in so it didn't really bother me. I can understand though why most wouldn't want to listen to somebody blabber on their cell phone like a teenage girl.

Thanks for the replies. I'll be sure to try and add some more reports of my upcoming flights whenever I find out when they'll be. I'm hoping to get to Tokyo or Hong Kong sometime in the Spring before I leave South Korea. Still haven't decided which to pick.



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User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9056 times:

Thanks for the wonderful trip report: it's nice to see how domestic flights are done in geographically small countries like South Korea. I'm sure the experience is well worth it! 

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
Oh and yes, Starflyer are a Japanese airline who mostly fly domestic hops with A320s but they seem to have one international route out of their home base at Kitakyushu - see http://www.starflyer.jp/en/

If I may add, StarFlyer is kinda like Japan's jetBlue, it offers "low-cost, high-quality" service on its flights. For example, its planes have AVOD and power ports in every (?) seat.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8819 times:

Hi FRASpotter

Interesting report, thanks for sharing. Fab sunset pics.
Looks like Boarding passes do look even more like a grocery reciept as here in Europe.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1886 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8691 times:

Thanks Chris for a wonderful trip report!

You sort of give me a good idea on what to expect, as I plan to do a Korean domestic airlines tour. I really want to fly a number of smaller airlines like Eastar Jet and T'way Airlines and Jeju Air. I have to say that I am very impressed with the on time performance of all these domestic flights.

Just wondering about inflight service - for 40 minutes, I know they just do a limited beverage service, as expected. But how about Eastar Jet? Do they provide complimentary service or just a buy on board?

Thanks again for the report!

Carfield


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2342 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (2 years 21 hours ago) and read 8395 times:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 6):
Just wondering about inflight service - for 40 minutes, I know they just do a limited beverage service, as expected. But how about Eastar Jet? Do they provide complimentary service or just a buy on board?

Every flight I was on including Eastar Jet had complimentary drink service during the flight. The airlines didn't even offer buy on board food or drinks during the flights I was on. Drink service was it with the exception of the Asiana flight I was on between Jeju and Gimpo when they offered Duty Free.



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User currently offlinehz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1656 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 19 hours ago) and read 8256 times:
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Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
beautiful flight attendants.
Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
beautiful flight attendants
Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
beautiful flight attendants
Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
extremely beautiful flight attendants

Are Korean women pretty? ....

Seems like a fun day. I was inspired by the trip reports from Europe of five flights in a day, five different airlines. I wanted to try to do the same thing but from Hong Kong. However, distance is an issue, so I priced and planned it once, and made a rule that it was within a 24 hour period, starting with HKG-KUL at 1am  



Keep on truckin'...
User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2342 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (2 years 18 hours ago) and read 8180 times:

Quoting hz747300 (Reply 8):
Are Korean women pretty? ....

What? Did I make it that obvious? Haha you have no idea! 

I may try and do another big trip to get the airlines I wasn't able to get this time around (T'way, Jeju Air and Jin Air). Also, I may try and get the KE 744 between GMP and CJU in either direction. I absolutely love 747s and will often go out of my way to fly on them even if the onboard product is inferior to what a 77W may have...



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6495 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7320 times:

Hi Chris !

Very nice report that compares different airlines in Korea! Very nice that you flew on four different aircraft types as well including the rare -600.

I flew on a KE 772 GMP-CJU in 1997 before ICN was completed and it was great to fly the 777 on such a short route. Only stayed there for about an hour before catching the next KE 772 back to GMP. There is (used to ?) be an observation deck at GMP which had a great view. Not sure if it's there still.

Quoting hz747300 (Reply 8):
Are Korean women pretty? ....

Yes, they are !

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2342 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7309 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
There is (used to ?) be an observation deck at GMP which had a great view. Not sure if it's there still.

There might have been but honestly I never took the time to look (blasphemy from an a.netter I know...) My next trip out of there I'll be sure to look...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
KE 772 GMP-CJU in 1997 before ICN was completed and it was great to fly the 777 on such a short route.

I'm wanting to do the same route but on a KE 744 since I saw that they are offered on this route... 744 down and an A330 back! 



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5941 times:

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
Hello fellow aviation nerds! This is my first trip report.

Hi FRAspotter, great first report, well done! I hope to see more from you in the future.

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
The prices were pretty good and I spent a total of maybe US$250 on all 4 flights.

Sounds really good!

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
GMP-PUS with Air Busan (BX) 735
PUS-GMP with Korean Air (KE) 738
GMP-CJU with Eastar Jet (ZE) 736
CJU-GMP with Asiana Airlines (OZ) A320

Very impressive. Trying some Korean airlines on domestic flights has been one of my long-term plans.

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):

Interesting looking gunk that seems to be coming from the flaps. Anybody know what this is?

That looks disgusting...


PH



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8493 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5439 times:
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Hi Chris,

Nice first report, nice selection of pictures too.

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
My routing for the day would be:

GMP-PUS with Air Busan (BX) 735
PUS-GMP with Korean Air (KE) 738
GMP-CJU with Eastar Jet (ZE) 736
CJU-GMP with Asiana Airlines (OZ) A320

- Not bad at all, 4 flights, 4 carriers and 4 different aircraft types when you breakdown the sub-types.

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
I love how Korean Airports print out their boarding passes. Instead of a thick card with a part to tear off, their boarding passes are more like receipts from the supermarket which you can simply fold up and put in your pocket without the fear of the easy tear portion of the pass coming off prematurely.

- I'll have to disagree, prefer the card ones to these supermarket type receipts.

Quoting FRAspotter (Thread starter):
I decide to go through security around 11h00 and again it's ridiculously quick and simple. Why can't TSA screening in the US be more like this?

- If only!

Looks like you had a great day, spotting seems easy via the big windows too, something to remember for a future trip.

Cheers

Mark



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