swaopsusafatc
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Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:40 pm

Well after being stationed in Korea for a year I decided to take a trip down to Jeju island. Myself and 5 other USAF Air Traffic Controllers went for a 3 day weekend.

The flights were short but very comfortable in an A300 and a A333. Since we sprung the extra 22 bucks each way for prestige class we were able to go to the KAL Lounge. The Lounge was very nice and offered beverages and snack items as well as 3 computers with internet access. For those with laptops wireless internet was available.

After abotu 45 minutes in the lounge it was time to board. I was suprised that they had a Prestige line but took Economy and Prestige PAX at the same time. After boarding we pushed back and headed for 33L at Gimpo. The cabin was very warm with no Gasper fans for personnel cooling. The flight was smooth with only a few bumps on climbout. Mostly cloudy the whole way to Jeju but this was not dissapointing since we had some nice thuderheads to look at.

We arrived in Jeju on time and deplaned via air stairs then a bus to the terminal.

We decided to head to the airport early the day we came back so we could enjoy the lounge again and get some pictures of thet airport.

The lounge was awesome because of the view of the airfield. While enjoying the vierw the hostess came and asked me to follow her. I was confused but assumed they were trying to get us on a earlier flight. She was trying to explain what was going on in broken english but I didn't understand. I was escorted through a secure door which led to the bag screening room. She pointed to a bag and asked me to find lighters. The bag was not mine but was someones that I was travelling with. I told her it was not my bag but would help her out. I found 1 and she said there was one more. I asked if she had an idea where it was, she did not. She rescanned the bag and showed me the area it was in. I found it and she said only 1 lighter allowed. I apologized for my travel buddy. They had me sign a form that said why the bag was held and I was allowed to leave. I later informed my friend of the rules and thanked him for the fun time with security...

The flight was getting ready to board so we lined up at the prestige line again. I noticed the flight next door was one that we control daily (AAR8236). Pretty cool seeing PAX boarding a flight you keep safe on a daily basis. This time they took prestige class first then economy. The A330-300 was nice. Newer seats then the A300 and had LCD screens with Airshow.

The landing was nice and we arrived 15 minutes early. The whole experience was good. I was a little dissapointed they had only water coffee and juice for us on the flight. I was hoping for wine or beer...maybe a jack and coke. I understand though, it was only 50 minutes.

Bus to the airport


KAL Lounge Gimpo


KAL Lounge GMP (not such a nice view)


A300 from GMP to CJU


Prestige Class A300


Inflight


Landing CJU


Landing CJU


Arriving at Jeju


Deplaning via airstairs.


On the sea wall


View from the KAL Lounge CJU (much better)


Our aircraft taxiing into the gate.


KAL B738 Landing roll


Hansung Airlines ATR72
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b225/justindpilot/S8000156.jpg

Checkin area CJU


A333 inbound


Prestige Class A333 (sorry for the blury F/A)


LCD Screen


Taxi out


Back to work
 
SASDC8
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:01 pm

Thanks for a great and different report.. Nice to see something else than the regular routes and airlines on here Smile

Flew domestic business in Thailand a month ago an d must say that the seats on their (TG) A300 and KE A300 looks just the same, only difference being the colour of the seats Smile Did they have any meal/drink service onboard? And did they serve alcohol onboard/in the lounge? TG did not serve alcohol onboard or in the lounge, which I (being Norwegian) found rather strange:D

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swaopsusafatc
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:10 pm

Only non alcoholic drinks in the lounge. The flight had water orange juice coffee or water.
 
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:05 pm

Great report! Nice pics of Korean Air. I'm glad Korean Air still utilize their A300-600's on routes, it is such a nice aircraft. Wow, $22 to upgrade to Prestige Class? That sounds like a good deal!
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CaptainTim
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:53 pm

you know what.. out of all the pictures...

i have to admit the last one was the best

glad to know you enjoyed your trip to jeju..

but....

I LOVE THE LAST PIC.. shows a nice example of ATC in action.. very very rare photo.. if you get a good long exposure shot im sure A.net will accept it =)

great report thoguh

tim
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crjflyer35
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:34 am

Nice report bro! I'll be waiting for you report back to the states from ICN....The aero club will miss ya!
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Ndebele
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:31 am

It's not often that we get to read a Korean domestic report here on a.net, a nice change, I enjoyed reading. Also some nice photos.

Quoting SWAOPSusafATC (Thread starter):
(sorry for the blury F/A)

Don't apologize, I doubt the F/A would have liked to have her picture here on the net. At least in Japan I noticed that people don't really like it to be on photos of a stranger (even less than they do in Europe), it is considered impolite, and I respect that, that's why I didn't take any full cabin shots during my flights. Just take a look at the photo of you sitting in the A300 - the man sitting behind you doesn't look to be too happy about being on your photo either, I suppose.

Thanks again for this report, Alex.
 
swaopsusafatc
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:03 am

Actually that wasn't me, it was a friend of mine. I did notice the look on his face though. Many other times I have taken pics Koreans seemed to jump in and throw out the peace sign  Wink
 
HOMER71
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:21 pm

Nice report...are you all stationed at OSN?
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tsaord
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RE: Seoul To Jeju Prestige Class KE

Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:14 pm

I love seeing KE's F/A's coming into ORD! They carry themselves with such class and those uniforms are GREAT!

I would like to go there....one day lol
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