Trip Report: Asiana Airlines A380 Business Class Review – New York JFK to Seoul ICN
This post is part of the series Vietnam Trip Report 2016
We arrived at JFK relatively early for our Asiana Airlines A380 business class 1pm flight. Asiana operates out of terminal 4 at JFK airport. Once we walked in it seemed like there was a line to get to the line to check in. However, when we told the agent we were flying in business class, we were able to skip the line and head to the business class desk. The check in and security process was fairly quick. We went to the Swiss Air Business Class lounge to have a light breakfast before boarding our flight. I was so excited for this flight since I haven’t been on an A380 in a long time.
Asiana Airlines OZ221
New York (JFK) – Seoul (ICN)
Duration: 14hrs 30mins
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Boarding started on time and passengers were separated into three lines; first, business and economy. The bizarre thing I noticed is that no less than five different gate agents came to check everyone’s boarding pass while waiting online. We took the jet bridge to the upper deck of the A380. At the door, a flight attendant greeted us with a smile and directed us to our seats. The cabin was nice and large but the color scheme is very bland.
Asiana Airlines A380 business class cabin is arranged in 1-2-1 staggered configuration. My wife and I picked two middle seats that are closer to each other and away from the aisle. I would recommend these seats for couples traveling together. If you are traveling alone I would recommend a window seat that is closer to the window for the increased privacy.
Waiting at my seat was a blanket, pillow, pair of slippers, headphone and a bottle of water.
There’s a ton of leg room between the seat and the ottoman which becomes part of the bed when the seat is in a lie flat position.
All the controls were to my right- entertainment controls, seat controls, reading light and a USB port.
There’s also a power outlet located at the bottom of the seat.
Shortly after settling in we were offered some welcome drinks – I took an orange juice.
The entertainment screen is nicely sized and the touch screen control is pretty cool. Asiana has a decent selection of entertainment. Throughout the flight I watched a few movies. When I’m not watching a movie I love keeping the screen on the airshow or the tail cam.
A little after take off I decided to take a quick trip to the front of the upper deck to check out the lounge and the huge bathroom. It’s the biggest airplane bathroom I’ve seen.
When I got back to my seat, it was time to check out the menu and order lunch.
I chose the Korean menu which started with ricotta stuffed mushroom and smoked salmon which was delicious.
After that it was the shrimp with pine nut dressing.
Then Korean pumpkin porridge which was flavorful.
For the main course I got the famous Korean bibimbap.
For dessert I got the fruit plate and the Korean traditional cookies.
After lunch the crew passed with the tea and coffee cart.
After this big meal it was bedtime 🙂
Upon waking up I decided to order the ramen noodles from the “refreshments” menu – it was SPICY!!
A couple of hours before landing it was snack time which started with pastrami ham and vegetables.
Followed by fettuccine with cheese.
Fruit tart for dessert.
Asiana Airlines A380 Business Class Bottom Line:
Asiana Airlines A380 business class was a great experience overall. The service is amazing, flight attendants are very friendly, helpful and willing to assist with anything they can do to make the flight more enjoyable. The food was very good and there were plenty to chose from. The seat is very comfortable and great for traveling with a companion. However, if you’re traveling alone, I recommend the seats closer to the window and further in from the aisle for the added privacy. Asiana has a very good selection of entertainment. The onboard lounge is nothing compared to the Emirates bar or Etihad’s lobby on their A380s, but it was nice to change scenery and have a drink away from the seat. I really enjoyed my time on this flight.
Have you flown Asiana Business Class before? What was your experience like?
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