Flight Number : KE
Type of Aircraft: Boeing 777-3B5ER
Registration: HL7782 (l/n 785, delivered 04/05/2009)
Seat Number: 45A
A guide for Korean Air passengers on their check-in desks.
Extremely long queue at Korean Air Economy Class check-in.
Korean Air Economy Class general check-in desks. The check-in process were simple and efficient.
And less than 15 minutes, I got my boarding pass ready.
Other check-in areas that are empty. ICN
terminal is really spacious.
The FIDS with all departures showing on that day.
After check-in we had lunch at the level 4 food court. It was tasty and not as overpriced as I thought.
Views of ICN
check-in area. I liked the design of the terminal, it gives the spacious feeling even with the large crowds of passengers on that day.
Another picture before I passed security check and immigrations.
Signboards right after passsport control.
The transit area, which I think was really lively.
Another part of the transit area, with the decorations and lighting that made the terminal so lively.
The long way to our gate.
Our Aircraft, HL7782 seen from inside gate 15. Our departure was pushed back for 20 minutes due to technical issues, meanwhile I used this time to take pictures of other KE
aircraft within few gates away.
Another picture of this 3.7 years old HL7782.
The Korean Air whalejet bound for LAX
Our neighbouring gate has a B739 leaving for one of KE
628 is ready for boarding.
First/Business class turn left, Economy turns right. Well no doubt that I have to turn right.
The crew welcomed us aboard and the loads were almost full on that day. Most of the passengers are Korean residing in Jakarta, along with small groups of Indonesian tourists returning home as well.
Crew members consists of both Korean and Indonesian, with announcements in English, Korean, and Bahasa Indonesia.
Passing the J class seats on the 77W. Found it similar with those on GA
Reached my seat with a pillow, blanket, and headset ready.
Seatback on the KE
77W. Legroom was rather spacious for an Economy Class seat.
View of ICN
outside and KE
Seat pocket contents: Beyond IFE guide, Morning Calm Magazine, Duty Free catalogue, Safety card, and the don't disturb stickers.
Safety video was played while taxing to the runway. Well, KE
safety video definitely gets the message but it simply old-fashioned compared to other carriers.
Ready for take-off, here we come CGK
The sunny day while we were climbing to our cruising altitude.
Our flight path to Jakarta that day. Estimated flying hours was 6 hours 50 minutes.
Shortly after we reached cruising altitude of 37000 feet, we experienced several turbulence, which made both passengers and crew remain seated (with seat-belts fastened of course!), as instructed by the Captain who had an American accent.
After seat-belt signs were switched off, I took a picture of the cabin on this 77W.
Peanuts with a choice of drink was served after the turbulence was over, along with the wet tissue.
Then I decided to look through the KE
'Beyond' IFE programs and found an interesting movie.
The meal service came shortly after, consisted of a western and Korean options. I opted for western, which is beef with mashed potato.
Closer look at my meal option.
The Korean option. Beef Bibimbap with rice, which seems a rather filling option for an airline meal.
Ice creams were served as dessert after the meal service were completed.
The movie, 'As One' told a story of the North and South Koreans competing in the World Table Tenis Championship under one flag, Korea. This movie kept me away from my camera for more than two hours of the flight.
By the time the movie was over, the sun were already set, and cabin lights were turned off to allow passengers to rest for the remaining of the flight. Duty free items were also offered before lights were off.
The lights were again switched on, around 1 hours and 30 minutes away from our arrival into Jakarta, and a snack service were conducted prior to our descent into CGK
A slice of packed pizza and choice of drinks are part of pre-arrival 'snack' service.
Content of the pre-arrival snack service.
Arrival into Jakarta
After the snack service, the crew were instructed to prepare for landing. A public announcement was made to inform passengers that we were on approach into CGK
. Well, that was the sign for me to check the 'Sky camera' feature of the IFE to watch our landing into Jakarta.
Lights of Jakarta while on approach (sorry for the blurry pictures).
Touchdown at CGK
, as seen on sky camera.
After a short taxi, we reached our parking position.
The economy class cabin after disembarkation. We were the last few passengers to disembark.
The newly-renovated CGK
Terminal 2, with walls repainted white and floors carpeted, what do you think?
Our almost full B77W arrival created a long line at the passport control section for foreigners. Some of you may be surprised by the amount of South Koreans visiting Indonesia annually, and that Koreans are one of the largest group of foreigners in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta.
Baggage claim area at CGK
After we collected our luggage, we proceed to the arrivals area of CGK
where our vehicle picked us up and brought us home. This will be the end of our first trip to Korea, which is a really wonderful place in my opinion.
[Edited 2013-02-02 12:10:19]