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ICN-CDG AF Espace Premiere Part III  
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7994 times:

Continued …

ICN-CDG
AF267 777-300ER F-GSQI
Seats 1A + 2A (original seats 1F + 1L)
Scheduled departure : 09h55 (09h52)
Scheduled arrival : 14h40 (14h19)
Departure gate 23
Arrival gate F88

We used the extremely comfortable KAL coach bus to get to and from the Seoul airport. Count on 1h30 each way, although with our flight schedules going back to the airport took less time since we were not fighting rush hour traffic like when we arrived. We arrived at the airport around 07h45 with plenty of time to check-in. AF check-in took place in zone D.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/036.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/038.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/037.jpg

There was no one in the Espace Premiere line and we were quickly checked-in by a friendly Korean Air staff (all AF operations are handled by KAL at ICN).

Interestingly, although we were continuing to IAD, she was unable to through check us. We were not worried. With our boarding passes she joined our invitations to the KAL first class lounge, which is partially why we arrived early so that we could take full advantage. Departure formalities were smooth and uneventful … a quick look at duty free prices didn’t indicate anything special.

We went up one level for the lounge where we were welcomed by the KAL staff.

Their First Class lounge is unlike anything else I have seen in my experience so far. It puts American (and some European ones!?) to shame. The lounge is spacious yet intimate : showers, rest areas, full bar, hot food, cold food, savoury food, sweet food, coffees / teas / soft drinks … free high-speed internet and a nice overview of the middle of the two piers.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/041.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/042.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/043.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/044.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/045.jpg




The terminal as we walk towards our gate :
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/039.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/049.jpg

Our aircraft … isn’t it gorgeous ?
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/050.jpg

We proceeded to the gate at the time indicated for boarding where everything was already underway.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/052.jpg

As you can see, Tempo boarding was on the left and Business and First on the right. After a few pictures we walked smoothly through … “beeeep” went the machine … the agent informed me that the video at my seat 2L was inop and that my new seat was 1F, across from my friend in 1L, but that we were the only two passengers in P so in the end we sat in 1A and 2A again.

We boarded in the jetbridge at 1L (door 2L was for Tempo) and were greeted with big smiles by the crew … “ahhh, we were expecting you!” and we chit chatted about our short stay in Seoul while we sipped our orange juice and gave our orders from the menu. At precisely 09h35 (as indicated on the boarding card) door 1L closed and the rest of boarding finished at door 2L. After a quick head count (only 2/6 in P, only 19/67 in J but more full in Y) we were off the blocs a few minutes early and airborne only 16 minutes later. Because of the light load we were airborne within seconds thanks to the sheer power of the GE90s.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/053.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/054.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/055.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/057.jpg

Our favorite flight attendant set everything in motion. This time, since we were the only two passengers, she did not need to use the ½ cart to set our tray tables with the linen, vinaigrette, olive oil, bread dish, cutlery set, and glasses. This was the best part, was that everything was brought out on her inox tray making the service that much more personalized. The aperitif was served with a vegetable aspic and radish with turmeric, cucumber, tomato and yellow bell pepper, shrimp and watermelon with curry, and roquefort cheese and chives.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/056.jpg

She so eloquently remembered our drink requests from the flight over and confirmed if that was what we wished to have again, to which we did not say no ! My friend sat in 2E for the meal service. Our Guy Martin-conceived meal started off well with the delicious duck foie gras with dried apricots and pear chutney with sweet spices…
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/058.jpg

… and continued just as well with the fillet of lamb in tomato crust accompanied by fennel in sauce and fennel with ras-el-hanout. The lamb was succulent.


We continued with a little bit of cheese (which stays on board from the inbound),
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/060.jpg

but what we were really looking for was the dessert : petits fours frais, banana almond tart with sesame, coffee cardamom dacquoise with pear and vanilla, coconut-mango blanc-manger, sherbet served with cookies, and fresh fruit. You can see from the photos just how good they are !
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/061.jpg

Coffee and tea were proposed to top off the meal and served with the Michel Cluizel chocolates.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/063.jpg

Our sophisticated yet friendly flight attendant then prepared our seats with the mattress, duvet, and down pillow so we could take advantage of our 11h flying time back to CDG. My friend slept 8 straight hours !
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/064.jpg

Approximately one hour before landing another meal was proposed : zucchini prepared three ways for starters followed by a choice of main course : sautéed prawns accompanied by coconut milk sauce flavored with cardamom OR cannelloni filled with ricotta cheese, peas and bell peppers. Dessert : pepper-infused melon and watermelon. A selection of cheese was available but we did not need it.


Our flight attendant warned us that the second meal should be served all on one tray “groupé” but that she thought that bringing out each plate separately was much classier and we could not have agreed more.

Our phenomenal 2-day trip to Seoul came to a sad end when we touched down on 26R in CDG at 14h11.

Terminal S3 at CDG making good progress :
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k202/airchristophe/Seoul/066.jpg

At 14h19 we were on the blocs in front of terminal 2F where we disembarked with frowns only because we were sad to leave our great crew.
Overall impressions :
The ground experience at ICN was excellent. Although check-in was not anything special it was exactly what it should have been : courteous, friendly, efficient, error-free. The KAL first class lounge is amazing and the airport in general is passenger-friendly. The boarding was fluid and accessible for P and J passengers. Announcements were done in French, English, and Korean and everything was on time.

One of the advantages of this flight was that we had done the CDG-ICN flight with the same crew and they therefore “knew” us. It was great to get on board and have them be full of smiles saying that they were expecting us. And then to have the whole cabin to ourselves was just majestic. The catering from Seoul was incredible. Even though the Guy Martin menus lack a little bit of “local flavour” (a choice of a Korean-inspired dish would have been welcomed) the quality of each dish was excellent. Again, the desserts were exceptional. The 11 hour flight ended up being too short !

Continued ...


Bonjour Chef!
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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7923 times:
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Great pictures! Wow, the seats look amazing!

767747


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7851 times:

Wonderful report. Great pictures!!! I enjoyed it.

regards: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineHoncircle From Austria, joined Apr 2006, 62 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7811 times:

the report is great also the pictures are super

regards maximilian


User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7800 times:

ONCE AGAIN great pictures and report sounds like alot of fun and it does seem really classy, nice and comfortable!

can you put your carry-ons into the compartments that are under the companion seat?

Also could you take a picture of the aminite kit?
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8506 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7530 times:
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Once again a nice report.

The photo's of 'F' really show how plush it is, I am impressed I must say.

Quoting Flpuck6 (Thread starter):
we had done the CDG-ICN flight with the same crew and they therefore “knew” us

- I've had that a couple of times in the past, it is pretty cool when they know what you prefer to eat & drink  Smile

Quoting Flpuck6 (Thread starter):
nice overview of the middle of the two piers.

- Looks god for some spotting.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7519 times:

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 4):
can you put your carry-ons into the compartments that are under the companion seat?

Hi Alaskaqantas,

Indeed you can put your "junk" in the compartments that are under the companion seat.

Thanks everyone for your comments and for reading.



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7015 times:

Another wonderful report! When I was in ICN over the summer, I also took the KAL Bus, which was very convenient, and reasonably priced. The Korean Air lounges looks awesome, as well as the flight! Again, thanks a lot!

User currently offlineBenThePlaneHen From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6897 times:

Great report!
I have a question regarding Seoul Airport:
Why were there two entrances to the jetway; one for economy and one for first?
Ben



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6884 times:

Very nice photos - the AF Espace Premiere service looks fantastic, you must have had quite a time!

As for ICN, I've decided it is just about my favourite airport in the world. The hardwood floors are classy and the lounges are great: the OZ and SQ lounges look similar to the KL lounge.



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6367 times:

repost to overcome bandwidth problems with photobucket

Continued …

ICN-CDG
23AUG06
AF267 777-300ER F-GSQI
Seats 1A + 2A (original seats 1F + 1L)
Scheduled departure : 09h55 (09h52)
Scheduled arrival : 14h40 (14h19)
Departure gate 23
Arrival gate F88

We used the extremely comfortable KAL coach bus to get to and from the Seoul airport. Count on 1h30 each way, although with our flight schedules going back to the airport took less time since we were not fighting rush hour traffic like when we arrived. We arrived at the airport around 07h45 with plenty of time to check-in. AF check-in took place in zone D.



There was no one in the Espace Premiere line and we were quickly checked-in by a friendly Korean Air staff (all AF operations are handled by KAL at ICN).

Interestingly, although we were continuing to IAD, she was unable to through check us. We were not worried. With our boarding passes she joined our invitations to the KAL first class lounge, which is partially why we arrived early so that we could take full advantage. Departure formalities were smooth and uneventful … a quick look at duty free prices didn’t indicate anything special.

We went up one level for the lounge where we were welcomed by the KAL staff.


Their First Class lounge is unlike anything else I have seen in my experience so far. It puts American (and some European ones!?) to shame. The lounge is spacious yet intimate : showers, rest areas, full bar, hot food, cold food, savoury food, sweet food, coffees / teas / soft drinks … free high-speed internet and a nice overview of the middle of the two piers.







The terminal as we walk towards our gate :



Our aircraft … isn’t it gorgeous ?


We proceeded to the gate at the time indicated for boarding where everything was already underway.


As you can see, Tempo boarding was on the left and Business and First on the right. After a few pictures we walked smoothly through … “beeeep” went the machine … the agent informed me that the video at my seat 2L was inop and that my new seat was 1F, across from my friend in 1L, but that we were the only two passengers in P so in the end we sat in 1A and 2A again.

We boarded in the jetbridge at 1L (door 2L was for Tempo) and were greeted with big smiles by the crew … “ahhh, we were expecting you!” and we chit chatted about our short stay in Seoul while we sipped our orange juice and gave our orders from the menu. At precisely 09h35 (as indicated on the boarding card) door 1L closed and the rest of boarding finished at door 2L. After a quick head count (only 2/6 in P, only 19/67 in J but more full in Y) we were off the blocs a few minutes early and airborne only 16 minutes later. Because of the light load we were airborne within seconds thanks to the sheer power of the GE90s.




Our favorite flight attendant set everything in motion. This time, since we were the only two passengers, she did not need to use the ½ cart to set our tray tables with the linen, vinaigrette, olive oil, bread dish, cutlery set, and glasses. This was the best part, was that everything was brought out on her inox tray making the service that much more personalized. The aperitif was served with a vegetable aspic and radish with turmeric, cucumber, tomato and yellow bell pepper, shrimp and watermelon with curry, and roquefort cheese and chives.


She so eloquently remembered our drink requests from the flight over and confirmed if that was what we wished to have again, to which we did not say no ! My friend sat in 2E for the meal service. Our Guy Martin-conceived meal started off well with the delicious duck foie gras with dried apricots and pear chutney with sweet spices…


… and continued just as well with the fillet of lamb in tomato crust accompanied by fennel in sauce and fennel with ras-el-hanout. The lamb was succulent.


We continued with a little bit of cheese (which stays on board from the inbound),


but what we were really looking for was the dessert : petits fours frais, banana almond tart with sesame, coffee cardamom dacquoise with pear and vanilla, coconut-mango blanc-manger, sherbet served with cookies, and fresh fruit. You can see from the photos just how good they are !



Coffee and tea were proposed to top off the meal and served with the Michel Cluizel chocolates.


Our sophisticated yet friendly flight attendant then prepared our seats with the mattress, duvet, and down pillow so we could take advantage of our 11h flying time back to CDG. My friend slept 8 straight hours !


Approximately one hour before landing another meal was proposed : zucchini prepared three ways for starters followed by a choice of main course : sautéed prawns accompanied by coconut milk sauce flavored with cardamom OR cannelloni filled with ricotta cheese, peas and bell peppers. Dessert : pepper-infused melon and watermelon. A selection of cheese was available but we did not need it.


Our flight attendant warned us that the second meal should be served all on one tray “groupé” but that she thought that bringing out each plate separately was much classier and we could not have agreed more.

Our phenomenal 2-day trip to Seoul came to a sad end when we touched down on 26R in CDG at 14h11.

Terminal S3 at CDG making good progress :


At 14h19 we were on the blocs in front of terminal 2F where we disembarked with frowns only because we were sad to leave our great crew.
Overall impressions :
The ground experience at ICN was excellent. Although check-in was not anything special it was exactly what it should have been : courteous, friendly, efficient, error-free. The KAL first class lounge is amazing and the airport in general is passenger-friendly. The boarding was fluid and accessible for P and J passengers. Announcements were done in French, English, and Korean and everything was on time.

One of the advantages of this flight was that we had done the CDG-ICN flight with the same crew and they therefore “knew” us. It was great to get on board and have them be full of smiles saying that they were expecting us. And then to have the whole cabin to ourselves was just majestic. The catering from Seoul was incredible. Even though the Guy Martin menus lack a little bit of “local flavour” (a choice of a Korean-inspired dish would have been welcomed) the quality of each dish was excellent. Again, the desserts were exceptional. The 11 hour flight ended up being too short !

Continued …



Bonjour Chef!
User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1669 posts, RR: 66
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6261 times:
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Great report all 4 of them Chris....really make me want to fly Air France longhaul which I only flown a 1hr LHR-CDG A320 so far  Smile

The interior colour/furnising on the 77W First Class are top notch, also noticed AF have far better food than on BA/LH, reallly in its own class!

Sam


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6024 times:

Excellent Report. Two tumbs up!!!!

DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6022 times:

Sorry, I have just realised that I already have posted some words about this report some time ago. Anyhow , it is still very impressing reading it now a few
weeks later...

regards:DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Quoting BenThePlaneHen (Reply 8):
Why were there two entrances to the jetway; one for economy and one for first?

That's how it was set up when I flew UA to SFO in July...1 bridge for First and Business, and 1 for Economy...

I love ICN, such a gorgous airport with great spotting.



Ok, wait for the RJ to pass, cleared to push tail south Mike, and you're cleared to spin #2 in the push.
User currently offlineAGRflyer From Switzerland, joined Nov 2005, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 5579 times:
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I love ICN too. When I arrived at ICN in January coming in from SYD I was really impressed how efficient this airport is.

When my trip continued onto NRT 4 days later I was upgraded to biz class due to the fact that OZ lost my luggage on the flight SYD-ICN.



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

Wonderful report, thanks for sharing. Fantastic to have the whole cabin to yourselves!

Sam Smile



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