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Old Aug 17, 17, 5:07 am   #1
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Do BA still have Korean speaking cabin crew?

My parents in law are flying, much to their chagrin, BA to visit the UK.

It will be their first time flying BA and I was wondering if BA has any Korean speaking crew / Korean food on the ICN flights?
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Old Aug 17, 17, 5:14 am   #2
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My parents in law are flying, much to their chagrin, BA to visit the UK.

It will be their first time flying BA and I was wondering if BA has any Korean speaking crew / Korean food on the ICN flights?
I believe that the answer is yes to both questions.
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My parents in law are flying, much to their chagrin, BA to visit the UK.

It will be their first time flying BA and I was wondering if BA has any Korean speaking crew / Korean food on the ICN flights?
So why are they so chagrined? A couple of years ago, the was a feeding frenzy of people flying BA when the route started and they charged £777 as memory serves.

Oddly enough I don't remember reading one complaint.
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I believe the few Korean speaking cabin crew have mostly left or on strike, I wouldn't hold out much hope of any of them being on your parents flight.
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Just to be clear, on MF, BA has employed language speakers based in London rather than international bases. So it depends on whether a Korean language speaker is available for your flight. CIHY may be able to tell me this, but I understand on WW, cabin crew can't be rostered due to language skills (so for instance BA couldn't keep sending London-based Arabic speakers to Doha if BA closed BAH base) but on MF, crew are specifically recruited as language speakers, so are rostered in this way?
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Correct, MF language speakers can be rostered for language skills but WW and EF cannot.
I believe that MF have only recruited Korean and Japanese speakers but many have left due to the poor compensation BA offer for these skills.
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Correct, MF language speakers can be rostered for language skills but WW and EF cannot.
I believe that MF have only recruited Korean and Japanese speakers but many have left due to the poor compensation BA offer for these skills.
Quelle surprise. Thanks CIHY
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So why are they so chagrined? A couple of years ago, the was a feeding frenzy of people flying BA when the route started and they charged £777 as memory serves.

Oddly enough I don't remember reading one complaint.
I would be as well.

Having travelled this route many many times, the service on BA is particular sub-par compared to the service on KE or OZ. Particularly for Koreans, it is a very noticeable difference.
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So why are they so chagrined? A couple of years ago, the was a feeding frenzy of people flying BA when the route started and they charged £777 as memory serves.

Oddly enough I don't remember reading one complaint.
And the sale of Si masks also jumped markedly.
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My parents in law are flying, much to their chagrin, BA to visit the UK.

It will be their first time flying BA and I was wondering if BA has any Korean speaking crew / Korean food on the ICN flights?
Cancel and re-book them with QR ICN-DOH-XXX! Without exaggeration probably 80% of my QR flights have female Korean (South, not North ) cabin crew - and at the risk of being labelled sexist some of them are damn hot.
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Never flown long haul to ICN but I did enjoy the bibimbap on my HKG-ICN-ULN trip on KE.
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Never flown long haul to ICN but I did enjoy the bibimbap on my HKG-ICN-ULN trip on KE.

I spend a lot of time in Korea - off again on Tuesday, and Bibimbap is the one dish I've never taken to...
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Yes, there are very few U.K. Based Korean cabin crew.
They could be on a flight which has one but often none are available unfortunately.
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Could Finnair be an option? Always 2-4 Seoul-based cabin crew, Korean food and the most important signs at Helsinki airport are also in Korean (e.g. how to find the transfer security).
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