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Korean Air

Tue Oct 09, 2001 10:10 pm

It's my favourite airline, and also my home airline. I like their food, service and the pretty, cute attendents! If you were on Korean Air, I would like to hear from you.

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Korean Air

Tue Oct 09, 2001 11:11 pm

Annyong haseyo,
I flew KE CDG to SEL on a 744 in Prestige class and I found the level of service to be quite good. F/A were cute little Koreans that were always smiling and went out of their way to satisfy the pax, and pilots let me in the cockpit above Russia and let me take a few pics (unfortunately rejected because of my @#%*! scanner). What I liked best was the complimentary gift, a beautiful silk necktie  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Aircraft was HL7460.

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RE: Korean Air

Wed Oct 10, 2001 9:28 am

KE is a great airline. Their food is awesome and their flight attendants are indeed very cute. Those f/as take a lot of pride in their jobs- flight attendant is one of the most sought after jobs in Korea amongst young females. You can tell this by the talented pool of f/as working for KE and OZ. They can't be beat.
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RE: Korean Air

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:16 am

Haven't flew Korean before but it is definately a pleasure to watch the KE B773 rotate off Changi every night. Will love to try them one day.

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RE: Korean Air

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:57 am

Great airline. Best cabin service I've ever had on transpacs. Even on short domestic hops. Sadly, Prestige Class seats are inferior to business seats on DL and UA in pitch and recline. Hopefully, they'll upgrade them in the near future. The choice of amenities was great. There's something about the level and consistency of service on Asian airlines which is far superior to service I've experienced on U.S. airlines.
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RE: Korean Air

Wed Oct 10, 2001 1:58 pm

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From DFW-ICN. The plane was very nice on the inside, and I must say that Korean has soooooo much legroom in coach. And, their seats leaned back further than any other airline I have ever been on. The 744 was very nice, but could use some private TV's. The service was excellent; however, I think KE should get some new flight attendant uniforms. The polka-dot bow ties kinda make them look like clown uniforms.

My next flight was ICN-PEK on a 777-300. I was in seat 32A. However, I was much surprised when I sat down, I was WAY in front of the wing. Made the flight interesting and I enjoyed the PTV's.

Over all, KE is a really good airline with great food and an attentive staff. Their safety record is improving, and not to mention they have one of the best color schemes in the industry.

I flew United back on the return, and the service there was very good, but in a different way than Korean Air. Both the United 777 PEK-ORD and the KE DFW-ICN have been one of my very best flights ever.

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RE: Korean Air

Wed Oct 10, 2001 5:14 pm

Before discussing this forum, i might take Asiana to Seoul next year for the World Cup (If my friends in Pusan can get the tickets for me).
However, maybe i should change my mind...afterall in my mind it always says that "Asiana is safer than KE", "Asiana's service is way better than KE" etc.Maybe i should try both when i do go to Korean and make a comparison!

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RE: Korean Air

Wed Oct 10, 2001 6:49 pm

I give Korean Air nothing but Praise!! They are simply the Best airline out, and are my favourite. I loved the Flight Attendants!! Very nice, and yes i also have to agree very PRETTY!! I loved it how they complemented on me speaking Korean, and gave us more Dessert when we requested it..(LOL...They gave us 5 each...heheh...Yummy Chocolate cake!! YUYUM!!)

PTV's would be very good, and i heard that they were installing them now, and that some 777 and 747 had them!!
I will be flying them again in June next year to ICN, and then hopefully at Chrissy to Fiji!!
They are my favourite airline!!
By the way, does anyone know which aircrafts have PTV's?? Would be very interested to know!!

PS....Korean Air: "Beyond your imagination!!"

What aircraft were you on with PTV's??

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RE: Korean Air

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:31 pm

I am tempted to fly Korean to HKG, but my partner's mother will have none of it and won't let us. Apparently KAL (along with China Airlines) has a very had rep in the HK-Chinese community. I know they have had a bad safety record in the past but have improved recently and their service is excellent.
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RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 12:12 am

I agree that KE f/a is so cute. I once spot a group of KE f/a at LAX and, unsure what airline these girls work for, follow them all the way to the gate! Yes, they're that pretty!

I flew with them a few times BKK-LAX because the fare was the lowest.
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RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 12:40 am

I flew Korean Air back in January 1999. I was stationed in Chun Chon, and flew KE home on leave. My segments on KE were great. SEL-ORD and JFK-SEL. The flight attendents were pretty cute, I didn't like the food, but I am a picky bastard anyway. The service was great, and the airplane (744) was very confortable, even in coach. They did tell me I couldn't use my portable CD Player, but 16 hours on a plane, I was listening to some music......I'd fly them again without a second thought.

RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 12:43 am

Honestly, I would be still very unsure of flying Korean. Despite its parise for service, I'm still unsure of security standards: even AF & DL, KE partners in SkyTeam have not resumed code sharing on security grounds...
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RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 3:44 am

I flew KE from Seoul to Jakarta last summer on a 777. Great service and wonderful amenities...if U.S. airline flight attendants only had half as much pride in their duties.

As far as the previous response from Emg, I would respond by saying, if you have a concern over their security standards, you must also have a concern over all airports within the whole Korean peninsula since passengers go through non-airline specific security (as they do in the U.S.). As such, a NW or United flight leaving Incheon is at equal risk.

Additionally, could it be at all possible they maybe their previous partners are not with them due to revenue concerns (lack therof)? I think it's a bit presumptious to make the statement that the loss of code sharing is directly attributable to something as general as security. I would welcome a rebuttal too. I could be wrong!  Smile

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RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 5:26 am

I took Korean Air DFW - HKG via SEL about 6 months ago. The service was fine, but we went for many hours during that 14 hour journey from DFW to SEL without anything. When I asked one of the cutie flight attendants, she informed me that we would be served soon, but I truly would have appreciated the availabilty of a snack as one can find on British Airways or American Airlines. Also, I wanted the Korean Meal on the way back to DFW and they did not have enough.
I insisted and they "found" me the regular Korean Meal with the vegetables and rice.

The 747-400 was awsome, and you can't beat the schedule convenience from Dallas to Hong Kong and back. Leave DFW after midnight, which means not having to take a whole day off at work to travel and then the flight departs Hong Kong at 1pm. and arrives at DFW by 4:30 the same day. I would and perhaps might take them again. Even got a free domestic ticket on Delta after the miles I received from that trip to Hong Kong!
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RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 3:31 pm

Both of Korean carriers have the best trained FAs in the world and everybody will agree. One problem is they, especially female FAs retire so early. For example there are two types of uniforms for stewardesses, blue jacket and red jacket. Red jacket is for more experienced FAs, but they need only 3 years of service to wear red jacket. And you will know if you visit one of Korean airports, that there are much more 'Blue's than 'Red's. A lot of training and pride, but lacks experiences.

KROC: How could you get KE for your mid-tour? I wonder that so many US military members take KE for their leave in spite of DoD's ban. BTW, I'm in CP Hovey of TDC and working in S-1, 2d FSB.
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RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 6:17 pm

RE: FA retiring early

The reason for early retirments is because of the Korean and Japanese attatude to female workers. They are supposed to look "kirei". (Young and and neat.)

I know in Japan most office girls of the age of 25 are called "Kurisumasu Ka-ki" (Christmas Cake). Why? Because after the 25th [age] they go stale and nobody wants them.

So, the reason why the KE FA's retire at an early age is because of the the culrual reason of that they should be getting married.

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RE: Korean Air

Thu Oct 11, 2001 8:15 pm

DatamanA340: I was stationed at Camp Page as Air Force support to Army Aviation. I worked in weather. I was Able to fly Korean Air for my mid-tour because the DoD ban is for all official military travel, like troop movements and such. An airman or a soldier can freely fly KE when they are on leave.

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