Asiana Business Class - Bangkok to Seoul ( OZ742 / Airbus A330-300)
AIRLINE: Asiana AirlinesFLIGHT: OZ742
AIRCRAFT: Airbus A330-300 (HL7747)
SCHEDULED TO DEPART: 23.35
ACTUAL DEPARTURE: 23.44 (9 minutes delay)
SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE:
ACTUAL ARRIVAL: 06.50 (on time)
LOAD FACTOR: Economy - 100%, Business - 97%
|Queue leading right out into the check-in zone, I estimate it is at least a one hour wait from here|
I was pleased I had moved as the Thai lounge had some quite tasty satay sticks on offer. I had not noticed these in the lounge before, perhaps a new and welcome addition to the regular lounge snacks on offer. There was no issue getting into the lounge with just my Asiana business class boarding pass, although it's worth keeping an eye on the departures board as no boarding announcements are made there.
|Louis Tavern Lounge - boring!|
|Satay Sticks in the Thai lounge, yummy|
|Lounge snacks and a vodka and orange juice|
|Gate Holding Area|
|HL7747, an Airbus A330-300 parked at gate C3|
The gate staff had placed a business class sign on the right hand door, normally used for economy class boarding. I went and found a seat near this door, patiently waiting for boarding to commence.
I was excited to be flying a new airline, to a country I had never travelled to. I couldn't wait to get on board and have a couple of drinks either!
|Approaching door 1L|
|Business Class view from 4A|
|Legroom no issue here, and a nice large IFE screen|
|Shoe storage and seat pocket|
Menu's were distributed along with headsets (not noise cancelling) and a pair of slippers. There is no amenity kit offered for this overnight service.
|Asiana Airbus A330-300 business class|
|Slippers and headsets|
The crew were introduced and they all presented in the aisle and performed a synchronised bow. I was immediately impressed, I love the bowing. It is such a nice gesture and I wish we saw more of it in the west.
The safety video was played and we soon departed, the IFE indicating a flying time of about 4 hours 40 minutes. With smooth weather the seat belt sign was soon extinguished and service commenced.
|Part of the drinks selection|
|One of our lovely crew laying out the table cloths|
|Salmon and champagne|
|Bread basket was on offer - I chose the garlic bread|
|Beef main course (poor presentation)|
|Fruit and Cheese plate|
|Tea and Coffee Service - nice silver tea pots|
|Black forest cake and a cup of tea|
I awoke from a broken sleep to find the lights had been put on and we were approaching the South Korean coastline. Having only finished supper a couple of hours prior I did not expect a breakfast service, and there was none. Instead the crew came around offering hot towels and juice. I accepted a glass of orange juice and requested a cafe latte.
|Good morning - Juice anyone?|
|Approaching the South Korean coastline|
|Cafe Latte - not bad, a nice start to the day|
|IFE - wake up exercises|
I'd rate this flight about a 7.5 out of 10 overall.