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OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:22 am

The final flight that I wanted to write about was the Asiana flight, as people kept on asking about how OZ service was, and how the full flat seats were, so hopefully these pictures will answer all your concern. There is no suite, but a good sleeper seat. There is pajama, but no amenity kit. But there is a farewell gift. The F/As are as great as always, and there is nothing bad to say about them. These two F/As speak decent English and there was no communication problem. Sure, it can use better seats, but I feel that first class is not the focus of OZ and the Korean market now. Their price is very competitive, so you can’t ask for more.

I stayed at the transit hotel, which was okay. Then I headed towards the lounge, which was not busy at all, and the food selection include the usual abalone porridge, Chinese dim sum, Chicken Yakitori, smoked salmon, duck breast, and cold cuts, as well as various Korean snacks and cup noodles. There were lots of food to eat, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is complimentary beverage.

November 9, 2006
OZ 202 ICN-LAX Lv1630 Arr1010 Boeing 747-400 HL7423
I left for the gate a bit earlier to do some plane spotting, as you see at the photo album. Boarding began at 4pm and the ground agent spotted my yellow boarding pass and immediately dragged me towards the front of the line. There is a separate premium and economy class line, but it is good that first class passengers were given priority. Yes, there is a secondary check, but as they checked everyone, it was not as intrusive as in the US. I guess there are two different ways – selective, but thorough passenger, and checking everyone. Once on board, the F/A immediately brought me to the seat, and two “off duty” or “on duty” pilots were already seated at Seat 3H and 3K. Newspapers were well spread at the in-flight console, and new set of pajama was passed out. Then beverage order was taken and a bowl of mixed nuts were served. The flight was full in J and Y, but not so in F. I had both 1K and 1H to myself, as most passengers have their own two seats. However I am disappointed that Bulgari amenity kits are not given, but the bathroom is well stocked with Bulgari beauty products and lotions, as well as combs, toothbrush sets, and shaving kits. Door was closed at 4:29pm and then we pushed back a minute later. We took off from Runway 33L at 4:42pm.

Flying time was ten hours and fourteen minutes, as we climbed to 33,000 feet as we headed towards Japan, and after passing Tokyo, we climbed up to 34,000feet, and then 35,000feet, and then 36,000feet, and up to 37,000 feet as we hit the West Coast, and Monterrey, and then into LAX.

Seat belt sign was turned off at 4:48pm, and then menus were passed out. Table was immediately set-up and beverage was served, as well as a plate of canapés. Then everything is served course by course. You can choose from an array of appetizers, and I chose everything except salami and asparagus rolls, and then there the soup is served, and both choices are presented at a silver bowl, which is rarely seen in any airline, even CX and SQ now. Then salad course is served, and F/As tossed the salad with your choices of dressings in the wooden boats. And then entrée was served from a trolley and you picked the entrée and accompaniments. Then there are four selections of cheese (Camembert, Cheddar, Blue, and Gouda), as well as fruits (melon, watermelon, orange, grapes, and pineapple). The meal service is excellent, except there can be more selection of pastries or other types of desserts.

Wine List
1996 Taittinger Cometes de Champagne
Piper-Heidsieck Brut

White Wines
2001 Chablis 1er Cru, Fourchaume
2003 Raymond Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay
2003 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

Red Wines
1999 Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 2e Cru Classe, Saint-Julien
2001 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru, Domaine Bertagna
2000 Clos Du Val

Dessert Wines
Port Sandman 20 Years Old Tawny Porto
Blandy’s 10 Years Old Malmsey Madeira
2003 Jackson-Triggs Vida VQA Ice Wine

Cognac & Liqueurs
Hennessey X.O.
Bailey’s Irish Cream

Seoul-Los Angeles
Selection of Canape
Parma Ham with Melon Ball
Lobster Medallion with Cherry Tomato
Cream Cheese with Pecan Nut

Hors D’Oeuvre
Poached Abalone with Italian Dressing
Smoked Trout and Carrot Terrine
Cooked Salami with Asparagus
Cooked Prawn

Asparagus Cream Soup
Onion Soup

Tossed Salad
Olive Oil Dressing & Chive Dressing
Iceberg lettuce, wooden mushrooms, pine nuts, alfafa sprouts, olive, bacon bits, red, yellow and green pepper strips, endives, and Radicchio leaves

Main Courses
Deep Fried Lobster served with Black bean sauce
Beef Tenderloin Steak served with green pepper corn sauce
Grilled Fresh Seabream served with Champagne sauce

To complement your meal choice
Boiled Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, Jade Rice
Cauliflower, Broccoli, Pimento, Pumpkin, Carrot and Green Bean
Of course, the lobster entrée was really good as usual.

Selection of Cheese
Fresh Fruit

Coffee Mirror Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Coffee & tea
Assorted Petits Fours

After dinner, the F/As began to do the turnover service, and set up the bed with mattress, pillow, and duvet. The Korean cookies, chocolate, and mixed nuts were placed on the console along with bottled water. Entertainment is definitely the weakest link and I did not even bother with watching any programs. Just went straight to sleep!

A Famous Rice Soup “Nul-Eun-Bab” accompanied by side dishes
Hot Ramen
Hot Sandwich
Assorted Fresh Fruits
We are happy to offer you a range of refreshments throughout flight upon your request.

Lights were turned back on at 12:38am Seoul local time (7:38am), which was a bit earlier than expected, but two hours prior to scheduled arrival time. Hot towels were offered, along with breakfast orders. Everything was as elaborate as before, and the meal was as good as ever. The fruit plate features apples, kiwis, grapes, and orange (the orange is awful though), and then I had some cornflakes and strawberry yogurt (served in a silver cup). Then the entrée was served from a tray, and I had most of the sides. I can’t even finish the Omelette. The shrimp omelette is basically a plain omelette topped with shrimps in a light cream sauce. Then last minute duty free orders were taken, and then the farewell gifts were offered. It was a nice set of wine corks from Wedgewood. I am sure my parents will like them, and they were better than the Versace stuff I got last time. But if you ask me, I will rather have an amenity kit, but anyway, it is a nice gesture.

Fresh Orange Juice
Fresh Fruit Appetizer

Cornflake, Graham Cereal Served with Fresh Milk or Low Fat Milk

Fruit Yogurt

Korean Royal Cuisine “Yuk Gae Jang”
A famous Korean Hot Spicy Beef Soup
Accompanied by Steamed Rice and Various Kinds of Side Dish
Vegetable Lasagne
Served with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese
Shrimp Omelette

To Complement your meal choice
Deep Fried Potato, Grilled Sausage, Bacon
Baked Tomato, Broccoli, Button Mushroom

Croissant, Almond Danish, Raspberry Muffin
Butter, Honey, Jam, Marmalade

Coffee or Tea

(Korean Dishes are available to you on board Asiana flights from Soup only, on 24 hours advanced order basis.)

Korean Royal Table D’hote
Sautéed Squash with Scallop
Prawn & Bamboo Shoot Slice with Pine Nut Dressing

Chicken Porridge with Ginseng

Selection of Main Dish
Broiled Amadai
Stewed Abalone, Scallop, Sea Cucumber Roll
Stewed Seabream with beef shank
Beef Tenderloin with Pine Mushroom
Beef Short Rib “Bul-Gal-Bi”
Grilled Black Cod Fish
Steamed Seafood
Beef Short Rib “Bul-Gal-Bi” with Vegetables

To complement your meal choice:
Steamed rice and Various kinds of Side dish

Korean Traditional Cookie

Well, descent soon began at 9:29pm, as we were slowed down by ATC a bit. We landed on R/W24R at 9:56am, still ahead of schedule. Nevertheless, it took us a long time to taxi and tow into our gate, 101. We were parked at 9:56am, and as only the second door was used. Those Y passengers between Door one and two actually got to deplane first, and they held back J passengers in the upper deck and Y passengers in the main deck. It was a very pleasant experience, and I will highly recommend to everyone.

For the return flight, (which I will fly next month) and I am sure it may be the same menu. Well I will give you a preview now.

Los Angeles-Seoul
Selection of Canape
Pepper Crusted Tuna
Ham & Cheese Layered
Cream Cheese

Hors D’Oeuvre
Serrano Ham Wrapped with Asparagus
Lobster Medallion, Salmon Roe

Asparagus Cream Soup
Vegetable Minestrone

Tossed Salad
Served with Cilantro Cream Dressing and Italian Dressing

Main Courses
Beef Fillet served with Bernaise Sauce
“Mixing & Harmonizing”
A Famous Korean Cuisine ‘Bi-Bim-Bab’
Steamed Rice Mixed with Various Kinds of Vegetables, accompanied by Hot pepper paste, Sesame Oil, Assorted Side Dish and Soup
Grilled Seabass served with herb butter

To Complement your meal choice
Almond Croquette, Roasted Red Potato, Steamed Rice
Carrot, Celery, Daikon, Kailan, Broccoli and Mixed Vegetable

Assorted Cheese
Fresh Fruit

Tiramisu cake

Coffee & tea
Assorted Petit Fours

Hot Ramen
Hot Sandwich
Assorted Fresh Fruits
We are happy to offer you a range of refreshments throughout flight upon your request.

Crab Claw, Sea Scallop and Italian Dressing

Seafood Festival served with hot spicy sauce
Beef Brochette served with Teriyaki sauce
Salmon Filet served with White Wine sauce

To complement your meal choice
Fettuccini, Red Potato, Rosemary Potato, Broccoli, Carrot, Yellow Squash

Apple Cheese Souffle
Coffee & Tea

Thanks for reading the report!

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RE: OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:58 pm

Excellent report. The food (especially the fried lobster) looked delicious!  Smile
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RE: OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:05 pm

I flew Asiana from ICN-ORD on November 6 in F and they handed out Bulgari amenity kits. They had separate ones for men and women. I agree that the service and the food was wonderful. It looks like we had essentially the same menu as the LAX flight. The entertainment and the lack of computer power jacks are areas that Asiana really needs to improve.
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RE: OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:12 am

In your pictures, it actually looks like there is something in the seat pocket to the sides of the seats. Was this the amenity kit or somethign else? As the poster stated above, it otherwise might have been an anomoly that you didn't get a kit because I thought OZ still gave them out.
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RE: OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:10 am

No there is no amenity kit. The black bag is the slippers. I also find it strange that no amenity kits are loaded. I guess either Asiana is in the midst of a transition to another amenity kit or is discontinuing it. Anyhow, I have those Bulgari kits before and they were nice.

I agree that the outdated entertainment system and the lack of power port are the weakest part of OZ F, but then there are rumors that there will be a new F cabin soon and I can't wait to see what is in store. Anyhow, it is just a rumor and hopefully those discounted F price will still be around though.

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RE: OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:28 am

Wow, Asiana F sounds great! The food looks amazing! I also like the dinner set-up with the rose. The seats look great too.

I love to fly!
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RE: OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:30 am

Thanks Carfield, another excellent report.

Quoting Carfield (Thread starter):
but no amenity kit

- Strange for a 10h plus flight when travelling 'F'.

Quoting Carfield (Thread starter):
Entertainment is definitely the weakest link and I did not even bother with watching any programs. Just went straight to sleep!

- Shame, but I tend not to bother with programing anyway, give me a good book and a drink, I'm happy :0(

Quoting Carfield (Thread starter):
farewell gifts were offered. It was a nice set of wine corks from Wedgewood

- Nice little gift.

Thanks again, look forward to the next.


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RE: OZ ICN-LAX F Class November 2006 (Excellent)

Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:23 pm

Great report  Smile

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