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User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 22979 times:

I just had the chance to fly on Korean Air on December 26th and again on the 11th of January. On Dec. 26th, I flew from Chicago to Seoul-Incheon on KE 38 to visit my girlfriend. I have never flown on an Asian Airline before, but wow! The service was excellent. I am starting this thread for all of us A.netters to share our wonderful experiences on Korean Air (´ëÇÑ Ç×°ø in romantic letters: Taehan Hanggong if you want to see it, change the language coding to Korean so it shows up.) I am adding a picture of one of the meals offered on that flight, the second meal I wasnt able to photograh, because my battery died. I am also adding many pics while enroute and on the approach to Seoul-Incheon Airport. While waiting to board, I saw the crew for the flight come to the gate. They had 3 Captains, 3 FO's, 3 Flight Engineers, 4 Pursers, and about 30 flight attendants that all were drop dead gorgeous. I have never seen a crew that large for the 747-400. When I flew LH from JFK-FRA, there was only one Captain, one FO, and one Flight Engineer, 2 Pursers, and like only 20 or 25 flight attendants, but that flght was only for 7 hours and 30 minutes. The flight from Chicago to Seoul was 16 hours and 10 minutes.

Chicago-O'hare Check-In Counter on Dec. 26th at 8:30 AM waiting to Check-In in the International Terminal (Term. 5):



Waiting at Gate M7:





Taxiing to Runway 32 Left in seat 40A:




Sitting on the runway about to take off, showing 7,025 miles to Destination!!!! :




Bimbimbap being served about 2 hours into the flight and about 14 hours left to Korea:




Over Northern Canada about 4 hours and 30 minutes into the flight and about 11 hours and 30 minutes left to Korea as the sun is beginning to set as we fly further and further north :






Crossing the International Date line about 9 hours into the flight and still about 7 hours left still to Korea!!!





Entering Russian Airspace after about 10 hours of flying and about 6 hours left to Korea:




Getting closer to the Korean Peninsula as we pass directly over Harbin, Peoples Republic of China about 12 hours 30 minutes into the flight with about 3 hours and 30 minutes left in route. Right after that was taken, the changed course and flew towards Dalian and the direction of Beijing, in order to fly around North Korea. :



Just North of Dalian as they slowly start to turn a little bit southeast towards the Republic of Korea:



Over Dalian, People's Republic of China:



Turning over the very cloudy Yellow Sea as we keep making small corrections to avoid entering North Korean Airspace:



Entering the Republic of Korea's Airspace as we pass by an Island belonging to the Republic of Korea in the Yellow Sea about 15 hours and 30 minutes into the flight and about only 40 minutes from landing:



Inside the Aircraft before we were landing:



Turning for ILS approach to Runway 33 Right at only about only 5,000 feet or less and about 27 miles from the Airport:



RETURN FLIGHT

Waiting to Board KE 037 to Chicago at gate 14 in the Incheon Airport on January 11th Korean time at around 10:45 am. The bording time was at 11:30 am and Departure around 12:00 pm.:



My bording pass:



First meal about 2 hours into the flight and about 12 hours and 30 minutes left:



About a hour before we were served the second meal, we were given a small slice of Pizza, which was a good snack and it tasted really good!
Here is the second meal about 8 hours and 30 minutes into the flight and about 6 hours 30 mintues left. There was also a Soybean Paste soup that was served along with this, which was really good. :



We landed in Chicago at 9:15 am Central time or 12:15 am Korean time. In both directions, they constant served beverages. When you press the flight attendant call button, a flight attendant wound show up almost instantly and if it took long for them to get to you they would always be very apologetic. I highly recommend Korean Air for any and all of your travels to Asia, even though it sometimes might be higher than an American Airline to fly to Asia. After all, you get what you pay for. My ticket cost me $1,535 Rochester to Chicago on American then onto Korean Air whereas Northwest would have cost about $1,000 Minneapolis to Seoul with a connection in Japan. I highly recommend flying on Korean Air because going direct makes it much easier and its easier on you for Jet lag because you don't have as many stops or have to wait about 3 hours in Japan for a connection like on Northwest or United.

Korean Air (´ëÇÑ Ç×°ø in romantic letters: Taehan Hanggong if you want to see it, change the language coding to Korean so it shows up.) all the way.

I will be flying on Korean Air again on July 25th on KE 906 from Frankfurt to Seoul. I am doing a study abroad in Germany from March to beginning of July. Then on July 25th, I will then fly back to Korea again on Korean Air because this fall I will be studying at my girlfriend's University from the end of August to the beginning of January 2008. I will post a trip report for that flight as well. Please enjoy this trip report and feel free to send me an e-mail as to how you thought the quality of this report was, as this was my very first trip report that I have posted.

Happy Reading to all A.netters!!!!

[Edited 2007-01-16 18:09:50]

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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1909 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 22866 times:
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Good report and pictures! When I passed through ORD a few times last year, I always saw a Korean Air 747-400 there as well. Sounds like you had some nice flights.

767747


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 22736 times:

great report mate,

Where did you live in Korea?

Han guk o mal a yo??? yoja chingu odi e itssyo??

Fantastic report, and "dea han hang gong", is indeed a BEAUTIFUL name in Korean and means flying Korea republic.

Living in Korea for over 1 year was fantastic and i got to fly KE many many times... what a fantastic carrier i agree!!!
Make sure you study your Korean...its a beautiful langauge, and i went to Won gwang University in Iksan (Iri) and studied Culture and Language whilst i lived their. What are you studying and where???

Fantastic report.

Cheers
Gomabsumnida, manasobangabsumnida...
QF Attendantt


User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 22732 times:

I flew on KE38 in november and i loved the service. the western meals were good, and the AV on demand system was excellent.

I flew AA home and the service was ok, but the KA has ladies that are nicer to look at  Wink



"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 22550 times:

It was great that you posted a rare report on KE. I did enjoy it!!
Maby you could've been more specific about the loads, service at all and the IFE system.

Hope you have a great time in germany.

looking forward to your post: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 560 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 22534 times:

Great Report. Had the pleasure myself to travel KE from FRA via ICN to BNE in Business Class. Fully agree with you that this is a great airline offering excellent service at a reasonable price compared to other Asian carriers. ICN is a great airport to spend time and the transit hotel is awesome.

Cheers,

Peter


User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 22534 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Reply 3):

I know what you mean about the Flight Attendants.. They are some eyecandy, but i hae my own Korean Girl to look at  Wink


User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 22544 times:

Quoting DALelite (Reply 4):

The plane was 100 % full. The layout was the plan B on Korean Air's website.

Economy- 262
Prestige- 61
First- 12

The IFE.. 40 videos, 10 short subject films, including some segments of us and korean sitcoms, and news channels KBS and CNN International. the Korean channel had english subrtitles. Also there were several choices of single player and multiplayer video games. There was also a video on how the Customs and Immigration functions in the Incheon Airport and which steps you must take from leaving the Plane until your out in the greeting hall or into the waiting area for the Public Transport. On the flight over, I had the wonderful chance to use the Inflight Internet, which is now defunct, thanks to Boeing  Sad !  Sad That really made the 16 hours fly by fast, plus Seat Power Ports so my laptop didnt die on me.

[Edited 2007-01-17 00:15:36]

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 22497 times:

Quoting Bimmerkid19 (Thread starter):
I have never flown on an Asian Airline before, but wow!

Welcome to the part of the world where the romance of travel is still alive!  Smile



Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 22477 times:

That food looks horrible or maybe it's just the blurryness of the pics.  Silly

User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 22475 times:

Quoting 9V (Reply 9):

Horrible, nothing but. It tasted wonderful. The second meal picture was a slice of Salmon with korean pepper sauce on it, some noodles, green beans, and above the salmon, there was some stir-fry with beef.

[Edited 2007-01-17 00:39:17]

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 22447 times:

Next time, try Asiana. It's the other Korean international airline. A bit smaller but a member of Star Alliance and the service is wonderful. It does bother me however, how robotic the women flight attendants are on most Asian airlines. And it's sad that they have to retire once they hit about 30 years old.

User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 22377 times:

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 11):

The flight attendants on Korean Air were anything but robotic


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 22344 times:

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 11):
It does bother me however, how robotic the women flight attendants are on most Asian airlines.

This characteristic is normally confined to the junior crew when they have a strict set of rules to follow. This is to ensure consistency in the service levels rendered. Which is why they carry themselves to a level sometimes akin to military precision.

As the level of seniority goes up, the crew would be more able to balance that "military precision" with a bit of humanity thrown in.



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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5052 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 22296 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
This characteristic is normally confined to the junior crew when they have a strict set of rules to follow. This is to ensure consistency in the service levels rendered. Which is why they carry themselves to a level sometimes akin to military precision.

As the level of seniority goes up, the crew would be more able to balance that "military precision" with a bit of humanity thrown in.

= Oh the tragedy ... I am actually agreeing with Ryanair!!!  Smile.

Cheers,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4742 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22252 times:

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 14):
= Oh the tragedy ... I am actually agreeing with Ryanair!!! .

Never realised we have had such a history that agreeing with me would be a chore! Hahahaha....  Smile



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User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22242 times:

Quoting Bimmerkid19 (Reply 6):
i had my own Korean Girl to look at

you're very lucky! some people think korean girls are more attractive than j-girls and chinese girls.. anyway, must have made your trip even more enjoyable  Wink

anyway, back to business.. a nice look at KE.. i'll have to be brave and try someone other than CX!  eek 



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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3492 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22210 times:

My Korean friends say it as "Daehun Hangoong". Hangoong means Korean and Daehun is Air?

The pictures are very nice and the report is full of detail. I think you should submit the meal pics to www.airlinemeals.net . What is "morning calm" checkin?

[Edited 2007-01-17 03:39:59]


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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22191 times:

Very nice report about one of my favorite carriers! Nice to see KE still offers the little tube of korean chili-paste with every meal!  Smile


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User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22196 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 17):

Morning Calm was next to it but it was for Economy, In July, my girlfriend is coming to Germany to visit me for a few weeks, then on July 25th, she and I are flying back to Korea together on Korean Air. Her father said he would pay for my ticket, and we will be flying in Prestige Class. I said no, I can pay for my ticket, but he said no no, I pay for you. I like you You study business and i like you soo much!


User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22206 times:

Here are a few pictures of my girlfriend:

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On the KAL Limo bus from Incheon airport to downtown:

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User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22186 times:

Quoting CXtra (Reply 16):

She wasnt on the plane... i meant have, meaning that I could see her when i arrived..


User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22181 times:

How can you add videos?

User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 22173 times:

omg I know the guy in the first photo you took lmao!! I miss T5 sometimes.

Great report!


User currently offlineAirplaneBoy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 559 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 21933 times:

Great trip report!  Smile

From a Korean who has never been to Korea (but reads, speaks, and writes fluently- go figure!), I CAN'T wait to fly on KE someday on my first trip to Seoul.

Korean Air is pronounced: Dae Hahn Hahng Gong.

"Dae Hahn" stands for the Republic of Korea and "Hahng Gong" translates to the term "airline." The second 'h' in "Hahng" is so that the 'a' is pronounced just as the 'a' in "Hahn." Otherwise, non-Korean speakers will incorrectly pronounce "Hahng" like they do the word "hang" as in hanging someone. LOL.

Sorry for the long lesson class!  Wink Thank you for the great report.

Regards,
AB


25 DALelite : thanks for your response!! wow that sounds great what you are saying about the IFE . it realy invites to fly Korean! regards: DALelite
26 Bimmerkid19 : On a little side note... I had that on the way over.. on the way back.. the ife had only 7 videos and no games... they are in the process of upgradin
27 Bimmerkid19 : What do you guys think of my girlfriend?
28 Lostmoon744 : Perfect. I've convinced my mom to try KE from Manila as opposed to NW! KE's product is far superior to NW's. Thanks for sharing
29 HeeseokKoo : I want to take KE, too, whenever I go Korea, but the price ($.$) Ehhh.. I envy you, I have to pay my ticket myself. From Austin, TX, to Seoul, this Ma
30 Mexicana757 : Nice trip report. Not many Korean Air reports on here.
31 Bimmerkid19 : Note i suggest that you get two tickets.. austin to chicago or austin to l.a then a second ticket... l.a. to seoul or chicago to seoul. because from
32 Post contains images CXtra : why.. thinking of getting rid of her?! just kidding, she looks cute in picture 2.. different to the other pix (and no, i don't mean the KE 747)
33 Bimmerkid19 : I'd never give her up if my life depended on it. Korean women/girls are the most sincere, sweetest, honest, and most loyal woman you'll ever meet or
34 SR 103 : Great trip report with some excellent pictures. I just completed BOM-ICN-JFK earlier this month on Korean Air and I could not agree with you more. The
35 Bimmerkid19 : On July 25th, I will be flying KE again from but this time from FRA-ICN on KE906.
36 777fan : "dae han" = Korean "hang" = line (carrier) "gong" - air (or hahng gong if your prefer) Yes! I've found the cabin interior, food and FAs to be even be
37 WN230 : That was a very nice report, and I liked how you showed the time into the flight and what time was left. Nice touch. WN230
38 UAL747 : Hey, I can't tell from the pics, but it looks like you flew on HL7488 (reg). I have been on this very same aircraft flying from DFW-ICN back in 2001.
39 Bimmerkid19 : No, it was on HL7489.. and fyi.. the flight on the return was on HL7402.
40 Bimmerkid19 : If anybody is interested, I happened to find a link listing all current a/c's in service with KE along with Cn's and delivery and date in service. and
41 HeeseokKoo : Thanks for the comments. But I'm not sure about buying separated tickets. If domestic flight cancelled or delayed so that I miss international flight
42 Post contains links HeeseokKoo : Is it other than www.airfleets.net or planepotters? I wonder if I can get information about the delivery schedule of already ordered aircrafts in the
43 Bimmerkid19 : Most of the time, the airline that you first fly on views it as that you are eventually travelling international. I flew with American then on to Kor
44 Christao17 : Thanks for the report. Korean offers really good service and I find their Economy legroom to be really comfortable. One constructive comment, though:
45 Bimmerkid19 : on us carriers.... they are shady at best.
46 Azstagecoach : I really like the picture-heavy reports! Thank you for a nice report. One suggestion-- if you are from the US and flying Korean Air often you might co
47 Bimmerkid19 : I'm a Korean Air Skypass Member.
48 Post contains images Bimmerkid19 : So, What other pictures shall I take on my next KE Trip Report on in July? Pics of the hot Korean Flt. Attendants?
49 Post contains images CXtra : what a good idea! ask them before though so they don't think you're some weirdo. plus, it flatters them! i read a trip report on CX from fellow membe
50 Bimmerkid19 : I have several pics of Incheon but my space has been reached.. do you have MSN messenger? Maybe you could give me your email address and I could send
51 Bimmerkid19 : oh.. and about them thinking I'm a wierdo.. they wouldn't.. because my girlfriend would be in tow.. so they would probably assume its for some web blo
52 Bimmerkid19 : Also.. look for my Flight Report for Lufthansa flt. LH419 IAD-FRA March 13th.. I'll post it like within a week of the flight.
53 Post contains images CXtra : hahahahahahahahahaha no msn, unfortunately, but i've pm'd you my email.
54 Post contains images Bimmerkid19 : Women tend to do that
55 Aaden : I like the report, a good read.
56 Bimmerkid19 : Thanks man!! I enjoyed flying with Korean Air! I can't wait to fly again on Korean Air in July!!
57 BA319-131 : Good report & photo's, thanks. I'd love to visit ICN for some spotting one day, need a fair few OZ & KE birds still.
58 Post contains links Bimmerkid19 : I found some good Ads for Korean air.. take a look :: http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...Business%20Class/NewFirstClass.jpg http://www.youtube.com
59 Bimmerkid19 : Any tips on what other types of pics i should take on my next Korean Air flight in July? Also, do you want me to post a trip report for my upcoming tr
60 Bimmerkid19 : This wont be happening, but I probably will end up flying on KE again from ICN back to ORD once my Exchange Program next semester in Korea is finishe
61 B747forever : Nice TR. You should absolutely write a TR on your upcoming flights Brandon
62 Post contains images Bimmerkid19 : Without a doubt.. Look for an upcoming TR in August.on EK economy class... MUC to DXB 3 August and then DXB to ICN on 7 August. The first leg is in a
63 FlyTUITravel : They always do it for me, I'd always choose a (reputable) Asian carrier - like BI, CX, KE, MH, OZ, SQ, TG to name a few. FLYTUITRAVEL.
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