mikeology
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SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:14 am

Intro:


This is my first trip report so forgive me if I leave out any important details. So this trip would be a short one for my friend and I. Only 6 days from country to country. So we decided a direct flight to Seoul would be good. Little did we know how cold it would be. Mid 20's the entire stay. However we still enjoyed our stay and for my first time in Asia I can say I will most definitely be going back.

SFO - ICN

UA Boeing 747-400

February 15th 2012

11:00 - 16:30


Entering SFO international terminal. We wouldn't be checking bags.
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Cool little Best Buy kiosk
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Terminal shot
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Boarding area. We stopped and ate. Had a few cocktails and only spent about 20 min before boarding
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Out chariot to ICN. 747-400. Best livery IMO
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My friend already with the shoes off before take off
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Stretching out. I must note we were on lower level departing. The extra legroom is most definitely noticeable compared to the upper cabin
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Menu
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Facing backwards was an interesting experience
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Starter. The salad I thought was quite good. However the spring roll was so awful I wouldn't even let my dog eat it. Cold / frozen as if it hadn't finished thawing.

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Main course was satisfying. Chicken with noodles and bok choy.
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Cabin at night
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Seat controls
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Somewhere over the pacific
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Meal an hour or so before landing. Chicken and Cous Cous. Awful
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About to enter SK
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Just passing over eastern South Korean coast
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Coming in to land at ICN
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Bus ride into Seoul
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Subway / Underground shopping
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Seoul. So cold
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Train station
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Yongsan electronics market
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Subway
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Insaedong...... i think
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Seoul tower
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Food
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Soju!
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Incheon International
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Boarding area
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Our 747 back to SFO
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Starter on the return trip was much better. Salad and smoked salmon
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Salmon for dinner. I think it made me sick
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My friends chicken
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Dessert
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Breakfast. I didn't eat it
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All in all it was a great trip. The flight back was super short however the meal service felt rushed each time. A return to Seoul is a must. Just not in February
 
Quokkas
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:49 am

Hi mikeology,

And welcome aboard!

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
We wouldn't be checking bags.

So, did you use OLCI? Was the website user friendly?

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Facing backwards was an interesting experience

I have never experienced that: is there any advantage in terms of space?

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
However the spring roll was so awful

That's a shame because the presentation looks OK. But...

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
I think it made me sick

I hope that you recovered quickly.

What was the inflight service generally like? Were the crew proactive in anticipating your requirements or did they just serve and disappear?

Now what a lot of readers would probably want to know is, what was the aircraft registration?

Thanks for sharing what I hope will be one of many flights.  
Quokkas
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legalkiwi
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:00 am

Hi - thanks for taking the time to do a report - some good pics. The food does look a little poor for business class, compared to many other reports. But still, good to know that you had a fun trip!

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Little did we know how cold it would be. Mid 20's the entire stay

Did you not check the weather forecast, or is it more the fact that living in California you never experience 20 degree weather and therefore are not aware how cold it really is? At least you got some sunshine by the looks of it, so that must have made it bearable  

Thanks again!
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kfitz
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:08 am

Thanks for sharing! I second your comment about the bed length upstairs. It's too snug for anybody over 6' IMO, which is a shame given the intimacy of the u/d. Out of the fleet, the 764/752/744u/d all share this shorter length in my experience.
 
jwhite9185
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:14 am

Great little report! How long did the flight back take, as you say it was super short?
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:37 pm

Hi

Nice report, thanks for sharing.
Thanks for showing us some Seoul pics as well, nice to see something of the city as well.

Greetings
M
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LH4116
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:09 pm

Hi there, nice report.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Cool little Best Buy kiosk

That's pretty cool. So you could buy yourself a pair of QC15 headphones for the flight?  
Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Facing backwards was an interesting experience

I don't see the reason why they chose to have those seats in that configuration, clearly by having them face forwards they would be able to fit the same number of seats in the cabin? How did the other passengers think about flying backwards?

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Main course was satisfying. Chicken with noodles and bok choy.

Such a shame that UA haven't done much effort in enhancing their meal presentation, despite having the cabins fitted with the new product.

Wheels up!
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EddieDude
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:50 am

Mike,

Welcome on A.net and thanks a lot for sharing your report with us. It is really great. I especially enjoyed it because I was in Seoul for less than 14 hours back in May of 2011 and I agree with you that a return to Seoul is a must! I cannot wait to go back.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Bus ride into Seoul

How long did it take? I took the train (the commuter train as opposed to the express one) and I found that to be great value for the money, and a reasonably fast way to get to the city.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Breakfast. I didn't eat it

It does look good, though.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
This is my first trip report so forgive me if I leave out any important details

It was brilliant Mike. Thanks so much.

Any comments about the lounges? How were the mid-flight sandwiches? Did the flight attendants provide duvets? Thanks!
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anamericanin
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:46 am

Thanks for the report... I used to live in Seoul, so it was nice to see those pictures! I miss flying out of a world class airport like ICN, now that I'm living in KIV! Glad to see you enjoyed your time, and the soju (it's not for everyone, but I find it    !)

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
I don't see the reason why they chose to have those seats in that configuration, clearly by having them face forwards they would be able to fit the same number of seats in the cabin? How did the other passengers think about flying backwards?

I've flown "backwards" in UA J on a 763 a couple of times on IAD-DME and it's a little odd during takeoff and even more so on landing, sensation-wise, but mid-flight there's zero difference, IMHO.
 
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:12 am

Very nice report - thanks for sharing with us. I have to say, the food in United's C class looks terrible.
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mikeology
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RE: SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics

Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:37 pm

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 1):
So, did you use OLCI? Was the website user friendly?

We did. Pretty straight forward. Just print from home and go.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 1):
I have never experienced that: is there any advantage in terms of space?

Yes for the upper cabin. Because of the curvature of the plane you have little storage bins below the window. Enough to fit 2 back packs. However no storage bins on the lower level

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 1):
What was the inflight service generally like? Were the crew proactive in anticipating your requirements or did they just serve and disappear?

The service going to ICN was much better than the return. While this may sound unusual the crew going was quite "senior"
They were verry attentive. Everything on time. Younger crew for the return flight. Meals were rushed however it was a night flight so I assume they wanted everyone asleep as quickly as possible

Quoting legalkiwi (Reply 2):
Did you not check the weather forecast, or is it more the fact that living in California you never experience 20 degree weather and therefore are not aware how cold it really is? At least you got some sunshine by the looks of it, so that must have made it bearable

We did but yes living in California does leave me a bit spoiled. I've only ever been to Europe that time of year so I didn't have much to compare to

Quoting kfitz (Reply 3):
Thanks for sharing! I second your comment about the bed length upstairs. It's too snug for anybody over 6' IMO, which is a shame given the intimacy of the u/d. Out of the fleet, the 764/752/744u/d all share this shorter length in my experience.

Couldn't have said it better myself. I really enjoyed the feel or ambiance of the upper cabin more. But me myself being 6'
it was most definitely way to snug.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Great little report! How long did the flight back take, as you say it was super short?

Just under 9 hours. About 8 1/2 if I remember correctly. Short for me as the only other international flights ive done have been direct from SFO to Europe

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
That's pretty cool. So you could buy yourself a pair of QC15 headphones for the flight?

I'm not sure if they had them available but yes. Prices were same as store but mostly high end stuff

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
I don't see the reason why they chose to have those seats in that configuration, clearly by having them face forwards they would be able to fit the same number of seats in the cabin? How did the other passengers think about flying backwards?

I didn't ask anybody else but my friend flying with me has done it before. Really once you are airborne you don't notice a difference. Even landing seemed the same. Only during takeoff do you have to use your legs to brace yourself

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 7):
How long did it take? I took the train (the commuter train as opposed to the express one) and I found that to be great value for the money, and a reasonably fast way to get to the city.

It was about a 30 - 40 bus ride where we stayed in Hongdae. 10,000 won for the bus

Quoting anamericanin (Reply 8):
Thanks for the report... I used to live in Seoul, so it was nice to see those pictures! I miss flying out of a world class airport like ICN, now that I'm living in KIV! Glad to see you enjoyed your time, and the soju (it's not for everyone, but I find it !)

Although I am blessed with all of the Asian food near me in the Bay Area i've never been to a Korean restaurant locally nor have I had soju. Having now had it I most definitely enjoy it and plan on having more. I must say it was best chilled. Some places served it room temp or slightly cold which made it a bit tougher to swallow

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