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First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:38 pm

Welcome to the last in a series of reports I wrote on a recent trip I took to Japan. In part one I take a Lufthansa Regional Jet from Basel to Frankfurt in Business Class and then have the pleasure of sampling Asiana’s excellent First Class service from Frankfurt to Seoul. You can read that report here:
Asiana First Class: Via Frankfurt To Seoul (by Knightsofmalta Jun 3 2012 in Trip Reports)

In part two I travel in Asiana Business Class from Seoul to Fukuoka in Japan. You can read that report here:
Asiana Business Class From Seoul To Fukuoka (by Knightsofmalta Jun 3 2012 in Trip Reports)

In part three I sample All Nippon Airways’ domestic product on a flight from Fukuoka to Naha, on the island of Okinawa. That report can be found here:
Air Nippon - ANA Economy Class, Fukuoka To Naha (by Knightsofmalta Jun 3 2012 in Trip Reports)

In part four I travel in Asiana Business Class back to Seoul from Okinawa. That report can be found here:
Asiana Airlines Business Class, Naha To Seoul (by Knightsofmalta Jun 3 2012 in Trip Reports)

Date: 02 June 2012
From: Seoul
To: Frankfurt
Airline: Asiana Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing B 747-400
Class: First Class
Seat: 2K


THE LOUNGE EXPERIENCE
The story begins just as I make my way to the Asiana Airlines First Class lounge. The place is not busy and I nearly have it all to myself. The most guests I count during my stay, including me, is twelve.

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The lounge is well stocked with amenities, food and drink. Even so, I must admit I am not the greatest fan of the interior design. It is hard to describe it really. It reminds me a bit of one of those old chalet hotels you still find in the Alps in some of the less popular resorts. Still, it serves its purpose and even has free wi-fi.

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I'm a sucker for dim sum.

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More empty books.
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DEPARTURE
As the departure time approaches, I start to get that nice fuzzy feeling one gets before getting on a Jumbo. At least I get that every time. So I decide to step out of the lounge and go for a walk-about for some distraction and to take some pictures of my bird.

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This bird was parked at the next gate.

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Not sure how many IL-62 they see these days in Seoul...

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When eventually they do call the flight, I make my way to gate 45 and queue up at the back of the line for Business Class and First Class. An Asiana ground attendant is surreptitiously glancing at the boarding passes of the passengers in my queue. As she spots mine, she asks me to follow her to the front of the line and butts in just as the gate agent is about to scan the boarding card of the first passenger – he is travelling in Business Class – at the front of the line. I mean, after all that is what you pay First Class for, but it is still slightly embarrassing. The attendant then escorts me to the entrance of the plane. As we walk she explains to me how she went to the lounge to pick me up and could not find me. And I start to feel guilty – just a wee bit. Before the plane she bows and bids me a safe and pleasant journey.

SERVICE
As I enter the First Class cabin I am greeted by one of the flight attendants working up front and we have a good laugh as we recognise each other from the outbound flight from Frankfurt to Seoul the previous week. We have a nice little natter and I ask her where she has been in the intervening days and she inquires how I liked Korea and if I also visited other countries. What a charming young woman!

Service is the same as on the outbound. First the newspaper, amenity kits, earphones, pjs and slippers are delivered. Then come the drinkies with warm nuts. This time I have a Perrier with lemon and ice.

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THE MEAL
First up, the table is set for the meal. To drink I have Perrier and a Chardonnay.

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Olive oil with Balsamico and butter for the bread, and the rose.

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First course: Mousse of Foie Gras with a truffle, ginger and mixed herbs on blinis.

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Second course: Caviar service.

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Third course: grilled tuna in a pepper corn crust, with chives and carrot julienne.

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Fourth course: pickled mushrooms with chickpeas and mixed greens.

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Fifth course: cream of chicken soup with a ball of risotto.

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Sixth course: tenderloin of veal stuffed with lobster, with a horseradish sauce, mushroom ragout and wilted cabbage.

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Seventh course: cheese with an apricot and grape chutney and crackers.

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Eight course: Puff pastry filled with vanilla cream on a blackberries sauce.

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And to finish that, a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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And now I am stuffed. For the time being at least.

Around five hours before we arrive in Frankfurt I start to feel peckish again. That – together with my curiosity about the kind of ‘snack’ Asiana has on offer in First Class – entices me to try their ramen noodles in chicken broth.

And here it is: ramen and shitake mushrooms in a spicy chicken broth with kimchi and pickled turnip. It really was divine, but it was so spicy I had to keep running to the loo to blow my nose (The Koreans and Japanese find it tremendously rude to blow your nose in public).

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About two hours before arrival the lights go on and the second service begins. First comes another hot towel, which is followed by a glass of fresh orange juice.

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The meal consists of a salad of grilled beetroot, with heirloom tomatoes (I do not think I’ve ever encountered such a strange looking and tasting tomato before in my live…), greens and boiled quail’s eggs.

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This is followed by a Korean dish with spare ribs in a spicy soup, which turns out to be indeed very spicy but extremely tasty!

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Sauce for dipping.

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Korean veg.

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Dried shrimps.

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Not sure...but tasty.

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Two different kimchis.

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Rice.

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The ribs.

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And then comes dessert. It should be some sort of vanilla parfait with coconut shavings. But it just looks strange really…

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And another tea to finish.

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After the meal I sit back and relax. I start to watch Thor and end up asking myself what on earth has happened to good cinema and good movies. And to think that such a great actor as Anthony Hopkins should sink so low as to play Odin is simply tragic.

ARRIVAL
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But I digress. The flight attendant I had on the outbound flight comes by to bid me goodbye and wish me a safe onward journey. On this flight, passengers can choose between a CD, a handbag and an iPhone holder as a farewell gift. I am now the proud owner of an iPhone holder with ‘Asiana Airlines’ written on the inside cover.

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And then we land, and my delightful Asiana experience ends. I say my goodbyes and disembark. Outside the Asiana rep who asked me what I wanted to eat the previous week is already expecting me with a Lufthansa branded reprint of my boarding pass to make sure I get into the lounge. So considerate.

Frankfurt is nearly pleasant when I arrive, there do not seem to be that many people travelling today. I head for the Senator lounge and wait for my onward flight to Basel.
 
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:49 pm

Some views from the Senator lounge.

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Date: 02 June 2012
From: Frankfurt
To: Basel
Airline: Lufthansa Cityline
Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet 700
Class: Business Class
Seat:


I spend my time in the lounge catching up on email and talking to my mum on the phone. At around 19h00 I leave the lounge for the long trek back to gate A02 for my flight to Basel. Just as I stand up to leave the lounge, I spot the Asiana flight pushing back for the return trip to Seoul. Farewell, and safe journey - it was a fun journey.

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There are only 35 passengers on the flight to Basel and we are bussed to the remotest possible stand there is.

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THE CABIN
There are five passengers in Business Class and nine rows of seat. It's always nice to have a choice...

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THE MEAL
The meal I get is another one of those notorious 'Special Moment' affairs and I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...

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A little cardboard boat...seriously?

The theme is the meal is the Caribbean.

But it is tasty enough I suppose. The flight is only 40 minutes.

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This brings to an end this series on my trip to South Korea and Japan, I hope you have enjoyed this and the other reports in the series.

I will return to Japan in December in First Class on the Lufthansa A380 to Narita. I can't wait.

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:21 pm

Asiana looks outstanding. The meals are exquisitely presented!
 
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:29 pm

Hey William,

Thanks for a great final report in the series. They were all amazing. I really enjoyed reading about your Asiana experience. They look like a fabulous airline. Well worth trying by the looks of it.

Looking forward to reading about your future adventures.

Cheers,

Gareth
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:41 am

Great finale to your report! Asiana back to FRA in F looks as amazing as your flight to ICN! I especially am impressed with the quality of food - everything looks absolutely delicious; exactly what they would serve at a 5 star restaurant and more impressive than other airline's offerings on flights of this stage.

Well done, Asiana!

Best,

Matthew
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:36 pm

Hi William,

Wow, impressive. You certainly have a steady flow of nice reports over the last period, this one being no exception to that. Thanks for your insight into Asiana’s exemplary 1st class service.
Didn’t you feel a bit weird boarding that small LH plane in FRA, having to sit in a normal and small seat  

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As the departure time approaches, I start to get that nice fuzzy feeling one gets before getting on a Jumbo.

I know the feeling, and I haven’t even yet traveled 1st class.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Not sure how many IL-62 they see these days in Seoul...

Perhaps one sole being Air Koryo?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I mean, after all that is what you pay First Class for, but it is still slightly embarrassing.

I understand, it puts you directly in the spotlight in front of all the other pax. No evil eyes on you?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
as we recognise each other from the outbound flight from Frankfurt to Seoul the previous week.

Great to have a someone familiar serving you again.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And now I am stuffed. For the time being at least.

Did you actually eat everything. Phew!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And to think that such a great actor as Anthony Hopkins should sink so low as to play Odin is simply tragic.

Guess he must’ve been short of cash and settled for some B movie or so.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The meal I get is another one of those notorious 'Special Moment' affairs and I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...

A boat on a plane, what’s next  One thing: you can’t blame them for not trying something different.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I hope you have enjoyed this and the other reports in the series.

I certainly have and thanks for the effort in making them. I know what it takes  

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:47 pm

What a very well put together report.
First Class really does look special, and I think the tableware and presentation of food outstanding.
One very lucky person, thanks for sharing.

PS. Tell me you did not eat EVERYTHING that they put before you.  
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:33 pm

I have enjoyed all four parts of your trip report and the photos are very nice with so much detail...I love the window views so clear made me feel like I was there. Thanks for sharing.

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:50 pm

outstanding!!! and not all airlines give you a ''farewell gift'' anymore...!food looks good and, citylines food offering looks well unique it ends there. lol
 
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:35 am

I remember being in that lounge and checking out the empty books, mega strange. But I loved the food.
 
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:59 am

Hi William,

nice last part of your series. The food on OZ looks excellent.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Not sure how many IL-62 they see these days in Seoul...

Air Koryo may send them to ICN.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The meal I get is another one of those notorious 'Special Moment' affairs and I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
A little cardboard boat...seriously?

The theme is the meal is the Caribbean.

I like it, very nice. But I hope the fish is MSC certified.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I will return to Japan in December in First Class on the Lufthansa A380 to Narita. I can't wait.

Sounds interesting!


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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:38 am

Great read... You had exactly the same dishes from the menu as I had, but I managed a bottle of Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne as well.  I was indeed picked up from the lounge and escorted to the plane.
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:36 pm

Hi Kurt

Quoting kurt (Reply 2):
Asiana looks outstanding. The meals are exquisitely presented!

Exquisite really is the right term. They took such care with the detail, even the process of laying the table was a sight to behold.

Hi Gareth

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 3):
Thanks for a great final report in the series. They were all amazing. I really enjoyed reading about your Asiana experience. They look like a fabulous airline. Well worth trying by the looks of it.

thanks Gareth, I'm glad you enjoyed the series. And really, if you get the chance to sample Asiana, do it. You will not regret it.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 3):
Looking forward to reading about your future adventures.

You won't have long to wait! Next up I think will be Oman Air in J to DXB.


Hi Matthew

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Great finale to your report! Asiana back to FRA in F looks as amazing as your flight to ICN! I especially am impressed with the quality of food - everything looks absolutely delicious; exactly what they would serve at a 5 star restaurant and more impressive than other airline's offerings on flights of this stage.

Well done, Asiana!

It was all very tasty. But really, as on the outbound, it was way too much food.


Hi Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Wow, impressive. You certainly have a steady flow of nice reports over the last period,

Thanks, I hope I'm improving with practice.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Didn’t you feel a bit weird boarding that small LH plane in FRA, having to sit in a normal and small seat

It was a bit strange. More than anything, I kept thinking that the hull of the little Regional Jet would fit into the B747 without a problem.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Perhaps one sole being Air Koryo?

I haven't checked, but I doubt if there are any direct links between the two places.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
I understand, it puts you directly in the spotlight in front of all the other pax. No evil eyes on you?

I wouldn't know, they were behind me...
:D

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Did you actually eat everything. Phew!

Uhm...

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Guess he must’ve been short of cash and settled for some B movie or so.

Either that or he figured playing anything other than a cannibal would make a nice change.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
A boat on a plane, what’s next One thing: you can’t blame them for not trying something different.

Definitely, it was very creative.


Hi readytotaxi

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 6):
What a very well put together report.
First Class really does look special, and I think the tableware and presentation of food outstanding.
One very lucky person, thanks for sharing.

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 6):
PS. Tell me you did not eat EVERYTHING that they put before you.

It was rather tasty you know, kind of makes it hard to know when to stop...


Hi asfa737

Quoting asfa737 (Reply 7):
I have enjoyed all four parts of your trip report and the photos are very nice with so much detail...I love the window views so clear made me feel like I was there. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, my pleasure. In my opinion, the view out an airplane window is the best one there is!


Hi filoflyer

Quoting filoflyer (Reply 8):
outstanding!!! and not all airlines give you a ''farewell gift'' anymore...!food looks good and, citylines food offering looks well unique it ends there. lol

Thanks. I guess you're quite right. The Lufthansa meal in the end was an appropriate end to a great holiday.


Hi fabianbrimfield

Quoting fabianbrimfield (Reply 9):
I remember being in that lounge and checking out the empty books, mega strange. But I loved the food.

To be honest, for a moment I was really tempted to write something in one of the books. But then I decided I was too old for such nonsense...


Hi Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Air Koryo may send them to ICN.

Are there flights? I would have thought the two countries don't even entertain diplomatic relations.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
I like it, very nice. But I hope the fish is MSC certified.

MSC certified?


Hi lufthansa747

Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 11):
but I managed a bottle of Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne as well.

I don't know how people do that. With me, on a plane even one small glass of wine is enough to give me a headache!

Thanks for taking the time to post, guys!

Cheers,
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:55 pm

Hi William,
Another excellent report and great finish to this series of reports. Asiana F looks impressive once again. The food looks great and well presented too! I must say I enjoyed this whole "series" of reports a lot, thanks for taking the time to make them  

Looking forward to your next TR

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:10 pm

Hello Knightsofmalta

Excellent and very enjoyable series of reports!

Especially liked how you described the interesting procedures on departure from FUK. Somehow so typical Japanese!

The F-class food is not something I'd personally fancy, way too complex for my taste. But I trust you enjoyed it a lot! Also, having a window in F is a bit awkward, sitting so far away from it.

Looking forward to reading your future stories!
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:05 am

Hi Brendan, Hi LXM83

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Another excellent report and great finish to this series of reports.
Quoting LXM83 (Reply 14):
Excellent and very enjoyable series of reports!

Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
The food looks great and well presented too! I must say I enjoyed this whole "series" of reports a lot, thanks for taking the time to make them

I'm glad you enjoyed the series. The nice thing about writing trip reports is that the 'research' part is such tremendous fun!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 14):
The F-class food is not something I'd personally fancy, way too complex for my taste. But I trust you enjoyed it a lot!

Oh I did for sure. But I also see your point, some of the food was just so elaborate. Furthermore, even though I don't consider myself an environmentalist, I did feel rather guilty eating the Foie Gras and the Caviar.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 14):
Also, having a window in F is a bit awkward, sitting so far away from it.

That was okay. Asiana have these enormous napkins with a slit for you to attach them to a shirt. I find that somehow old-fashioned but nice.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Looking forward to your next TR
Quoting LXM83 (Reply 14):
Looking forward to reading your future stories!

Next one will be in two weeks time, with Oman Air to Dubai. Should be interesting.

Brendan, LXM83, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:23 pm

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As I enter the First Class cabin I am greeted by one of the flight attendants working up front and we have a good laugh as we recognise each other from the outbound flight from Frankfurt to Seoul the previous week. We have a nice little natter and I ask her where she has been in the intervening days and she inquires how I liked Korea and if I also visited other countries. What a charming young woman!

= And it is moments like this that remind us the joy of travel.

Quoting kurt (Reply 2):
The meal I get is another one of those notorious 'Special Moment' affairs and I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...

= Uugh. I wish airlines stopped having these silly names for meal items. Several Asian carriers used to be guilty of these, "From our warm oven" to "Sweet Endings". Or perhaps, we are too cynical and jaded!

Thanks for the report. OZ FCL looks good.

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:58 pm

Hey William, nice report! Asiana First Class really look amazing! An airline which I've only heard good about, and to me appears to be a bit of an underdog in the Star Alliance, with big boys like SQ, TG and NH stealing the show. Suppose with that in mind it must be rather easy to find award seats on OZ.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The story begins just as I make my way to the Asiana Airlines First Class lounge. The place is not busy and I nearly have it all to myself.

Lounge looks rather okay, the drink offerings there are very good I've heard. Guessing lowly *G pax are forced to use the Business Class part?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I'm a sucker for dim sum.

They are great indeed! Were they made to order by the chef (if such existed) or pre-made and heated?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
More empty books.

Okay now that's cheesy, and the titles even more! They better put some proper reading materials in their lounges like SAS do, or simply skip the bookshelves.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The attendant then escorts me to the entrance of the plane. As we walk she explains to me how she went to the lounge to pick me up and could not find me.

Perhaps they should've informed that at the lounge reception or check-in? Still very nice service of them to do!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Service is the same as on the outbound. First the newspaper, amenity kits, earphones, pjs and slippers are delivered.

Must say those headphones, Bose Quietcomfort 3 are perhaps the best headphones mankind has ever created! I owned a pair back in 09-10, and they were an absolute joy to wear and use, they look good too. Much better in terms of sound quality, looks, and battery life than the overrated QC15 headphones. Seriously considering to buy back those QC3's.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
First course: Mousse of Foie Gras with a truffle, ginger and mixed herbs on blinis.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Second course: Caviar service.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Sixth course: tenderloin of veal stuffed with lobster, with a horseradish sauce, mushroom ragout and wilted cabbage.

I must say that the meal service is indeed spectacular, hence decadent. Seems like they really strive to offer the most expensive items money can buy (as opposed to many other airlines today it seems, who even cut down on the caviar). Main course was a rather laughable one I must say, in an ironic sense i.e. Merging the who finest main course dishes into one. How did it taste btw?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
The meal I get is another one of those notorious 'Special Moment' affairs and I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...

Okay now that's just ridiculous! While the contents look delicious, the presentation is just silly. Perhaps something they could serve to children in economy class on long haul flights, but definitely not in Business!

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:04 am

Hi A.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 16):
= And it is moments like this that remind us the joy of travel.

Absolutely, that is what a First Class service should be like.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 16):
= Uugh. I wish airlines stopped having these silly names for meal items. Several Asian carriers used to be guilty of these, "From our warm oven" to "Sweet Endings". Or perhaps, we are too cynical and jaded!

This ^Special Moment' extravaganza must be fairly new. I'm not sure what to make of it really. The packaging is slightly childish, which is a pity because the food was actually rather tasty.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 16):
Thanks for the report. OZ FCL looks good.

My pleasure. I'm curious to see what they will do with the hardware once the A380 arrives.

Hi Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Hey William, nice report! Asiana First Class really look amazing!

Thanks.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
An airline which I've only heard good about, and to me appears to be a bit of an underdog in the Star Alliance, with big boys like SQ, TG and NH stealing the show. Suppose with that in mind it must be rather easy to find award seats on OZ.

I don't think it's so much that they're the underdog but rather that they have a very strong focus on their home market, and it seems to work for them.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Lounge looks rather okay, the drink offerings there are very good I've heard. Guessing lowly *G pax are forced to use the Business Class part?

Yes, the First Class lounge is only for First Class passengers or passengers with Asiana's highest status.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
They are great indeed! Were they made to order by the chef (if such existed) or pre-made and heated?

Well, both in a way. They were not made to order but there was a chef and he was constantly bringing out new food.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
Must say those headphones, Bose Quietcomfort 3 are perhaps the best headphones mankind has ever created! I owned a pair back in 09-10, and they were an absolute joy to wear and use, they look good too. Much better in terms of sound quality, looks, and battery life than the overrated QC15 headphones. Seriously considering to buy back those QC3's.

Those earphones were certainly excellent. Very comfortable to wear, with no pressure points and highly efficient at cancelling the surround noise.



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 17):
I must say that the meal service is indeed spectacular, hence decadent. Seems like they really strive to offer the most expensive items money can buy (as opposed to many other airlines today it seems, who even cut down on the caviar). Main course was a rather laughable one I must say, in an ironic sense i.e. Merging the who finest main course dishes into one. How did it taste btw?

You're quite right there. It seems very obvious that for Asiana having a First Class is a matter of prestige. The main tasted very good, especially the horseradish sauce complemented the meal very well.

A., Jonas, thanks for taking the time to comment!

Cheers,
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:15 pm

Looks like a great trip home, thanks for sharing.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The lounge is well stocked with amenities, food and drink. Even so, I must admit I am not the greatest fan of the interior design. It is hard to describe it really. It reminds me a bit of one of those old chalet hotels you still find in the Alps in some of the less popular resorts. Still, it serves its purpose and even has free wi-fi.

- Free wi-fi is a must these days, lack of is just unforgivable.

OZ sure seem to offer and impressive F product, love to try it one day, sure looks like the know how to look after their customers.

Cheers

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:14 pm

That's a class beyond first, compared to many carriers' out there.
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G....look at the amount of food Asiana feeds their F class passengers. Just too too much for my stomach.

Asiana is a fine airlines, I'm sure people will know them more and more.
They also offers low fare with full 100% mileage credit from Thailand to the USA.

*G pax will have to use their business class lounge next door.
Decoration and theme is same (faux-library/brit living room) but food is absolutely better over the F lounge.

You should have a sip of the champagne served. To make those caviar even more of a 'Special moment!!'
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing experience.

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:47 am

Hi Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
Looks like a great trip home, thanks for sharing.

Yep, definitely was fun.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- Free wi-fi is a must these days, lack of is just unforgivable.

Hear, hear! Took Lufthansa long enough to notice!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
OZ sure seem to offer and impressive F product, love to try it one day, sure looks like the know how to look after their customers.

I only found out since I returned that apparently they've already won quite a few awards. I'm not surprised actually!

Hi Net-hkt

Quoting nethkt (Reply 20):
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G....look at the amount of food Asiana feeds their F class passengers. Just too too much for my stomach.

That is really my only criticism, it was way too much food. What a luxurious problem...!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 20):
You should have a sip of the champagne served. To make those caviar even more of a 'Special moment!!'
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing experience.

I'll need to do a bit of practice with the Champagne. But in any case, it was a pleasure!

Mark, net-hkt, thanks for commenting.

Cheers,
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:23 pm

Hi William!

I finally got the time to read the last report in your series.
Nice report once again and a good final to your tripreport series!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I start to watch Thor and end up asking myself what on earth has happened to good cinema and good movies.

Yeah, I've heard about that movie not being too good...

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
On this flight, passengers can choose between a CD, a handbag and an iPhone holder as a farewell gift. I am now the proud owner of an iPhone holder with ‘Asiana Airlines’ written on the inside cover.

Wow, that's really cool!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The meal I get is another one of those notorious 'Special Moment' affairs and I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...

Hah! Good to see it after you mentioned it on the other thread! 
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I will return to Japan in December in First Class on the Lufthansa A380 to Narita. I can't wait.

Wow, I can't wait to read the report!  

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:35 pm

Hi Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):
Nice report once again and a good final to your tripreport series!

Thank you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):
Yeah, I've heard about that movie not being too good...

It really was bad. No suspense, a non-existent story line and not even remotely funny.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):
Wow, that's really cool!

Absolutely, it's a nice gesture. Although if I'm perfectly honest, the candle I got on the outbound got 'forgotten' somewhere along the journey...

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):
Hah! Good to see it after you mentioned it on the other thread!

Yeah, that made me laugh too when I saw it. Really, the food was great, but to serve it in a cardboard boat...?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):
Wow, I can't wait to read the report!

Standby for a few reoprts more in between! Next one up is Oman Air next week.

Thanks for taking the time to comment Martin!

Cheers,
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:43 pm

Hi William

Great to see your return in here as well.
It was nice to see you where up front again.
Seating IMO looks way better than the herringbone configuration.
Service seemed very good,


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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:01 pm

Hi Marc

The seating configuration is great and because you're facing the windows, there a lot of privacy. However, the fourth row may seem a bit cramped as there's a twin seat in the middle at the back of the cabin too. The seats are rather close to each other. But I had nothing to complain!

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:58 pm

Hi William,

You are uploading these premium reports with such a speed I have a hard time keeping up with you. Anyway I really enjoyed the read - everything looks outstanding and the food pictures are just mouthwatering. Keep up the great work!

A couple of other things:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As the departure time approaches, I start to get that nice fuzzy feeling one gets before getting on a Jumbo. At least I get that every time. So I decide to step out of the lounge and go for a walk-about for some distraction and to take some pictures of my bird.

Haha, I know that feeling! I just had my first ever on the Queen of the Skies yesterday. Sadly that was down in economy class. But a flight I will remember anyway.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The meal I get is another one of those notorious 'Special Moment' affairs and I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...

To be a meal served on a 40-minute hop - impressive. But when it comes to presentation: ridiculous.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
Next one up is Oman Air next week.

Really - what is the routing? I flew them on MCT-DXB last week and had an amazing flight.

Thanks for sharing.

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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:52 am

Hi 717Flyer

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
You are uploading these premium reports with such a speed I have a hard time keeping up with you.

Well, I'll take that as a compliment. Thing is, I know what I'm like. If I don't upload the report right after my return, then I never will.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
Anyway I really enjoyed the read - everything looks outstanding and the food pictures are just mouthwatering. Keep up the great work!

Thanks, that's very kind of you. I'll do my best!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):

Haha, I know that feeling! I just had my first ever on the Queen of the Skies yesterday. Sadly that was down in economy class. But a flight I will remember anyway.

Congratulations! There's something very special about flying the Jumbo that not even the A 380 can replace in my opinion. Did you have a window seat? Cool thing about sitting in Economy is that you have such excellent views of that mighty wing! Priceless...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
Really - what is the routing? I flew them on MCT-DXB last week and had an amazing flight.

Routing is ZRH-MCT-DXB-MCT-ZRH. I flew them once from MCT to DXB too. Half the flight in Economy and the other half in Business because the lady next to me turned into a medical emergency.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
Thanks for sharing.

My pleasure, and thanks for taking the time to comment!

Cheers,
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:24 am

Hello William,

Thank you so much for the indulgence of Sunday morning read about your First Class experience with Asiana.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The most guests I count during my stay, including me, is twelve.

Wow, look at all that space! Just for you!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I'm a sucker for dim sum.

So do I.   


Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Not sure how many IL-62 they see these days in Seoul...

Well, you never know with their northern neighbor’s flight carrier Air Koryo.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
butts in just as the gate agent is about to scan the boarding card of the first passenger – he is travelling in Business Class – at the front of the line.

Did you catch the expression on the first passenger’s face?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
we have a good laugh as we recognise each other from the outbound flight from Frankfurt to Seoul the previous week.

How sweet!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And now I am stuffed. For the time being at least

Nine course meal. I would get stuffed much earlier.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
(The Koreans and Japanese find it tremendously rude to blow your nose in public).

Good to know.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
which turns out to be indeed very spicy but extremely tasty!

I believe you. It looks so mouthwatering!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
On this flight, passengers can choose between a CD, a handbag and an iPhone holder as a farewell gift.

An iPhone holder this time. Perhaps the handbag next time for your mother?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
I'm not sure if this is meant to be serious or not...

Nevertheless, I like the presentation.


Thanks again for sharing.


Have a nice Sunday,
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:07 am

Hi W !
my marathon-read of 14 of your trip report has come to an end ... yes huge back log ... but I decided to catch up ... trip to Okinawa is super nice and you really have easy going style ... very relaxing for me ...thanks for first class inside ... stipica  
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RE: First Class To Frankfurt With Asiana Airlines

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:36 am

Hi Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Thank you so much for the indulgence of Sunday morning read about your First Class experience with Asiana.

My pleasure, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Well, you never know with their northern neighbor’s flight carrier Air Koryo.

I guess so. But by the looks of things, there does not appear to be any easy solution to the problem between these two countries.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Did you catch the expression on the first passenger’s face?

I decided not to look so as not to add insult to injury. I bet he must have been delighted...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
An iPhone holder this time. Perhaps the handbag next time for your mother?

Suryo, I wouldn't dare. Growing up with two sisters I've come to understand that for a woman shoes and handbags are very important and personal items.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Nevertheless, I like the presentation.

Oh okay then. I'll give it one point for being cute, in a way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Have a nice Sunday,
Suryo

Thanks Suryo, you too!

Hi Stipica

Quoting stipica (Reply 29):
my marathon-read of 14 of your trip report has come to an end

Yes, and I finally managed to catch up with you. First of all, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on all the reports. It's much appreciated.

Quoting stipica (Reply 29):
trip to Okinawa is super nice and you really have easy going style ... very relaxing for me

Thanks, it's nice to get encouraged in one's hobbies.

Cheers,
William

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