Talk to me about Asiana in First. Thanks

 
Old Oct 1, 02, 11:03 am
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Talk to me about Asiana in First. Thanks

I see Asian will be out of AA program soon.
I believe they are joining the Star Alliance.
I have always been curious about their service in First. Also I have never been to Korea. How is Asiana in First? Worth using points to ticket? Any information helpful.
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Old Oct 1, 02, 1:21 pm
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I flew them once in first from Seoul to JFK. It was fine (on time arrival and departure) but nothing special, compared to other long haul intercontinental first class flights. Certainly didn't compare to JAL/CX/QF/SQ and I don't think it was up to the level AA/UA flights that have the suite configurations. On the other hand, for those without upgrade coupons, it works out much less expensively as they almost always seem to have a promotion in which biz class tickets buy you first class seats.
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Old Oct 1, 02, 9:34 pm
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Asiana is certainly not as good as CX or SQ, but I rate it above AA or UA or any American airlines. I flew their J this summer and found the services in J class to be very good. The lounge attendants at Seoul are kind and helpful.

The F seats are flat bed... not suite style but flat like AA Pacific F seats.

They still serve caviar during the lunch and dinner service, and the Korean meals catered out from Seoul (need to be preordered) feature exotic food like abalone and other good things. I found the food to be pretty good.

You don't have pajamas, but a nice pair slippers and a nice Green amenity kit featuring Gucci stuffs. The flight attendants are helpful and friendly.

The price for F class is significantly cheaper than CX and UA. So OZ is pretty good.

But be ware that if you are connecting to other Asian cities from Seoul, some flights only have two class B-767... so if you are issuing free tickets, just be ware of it. Also SFO and SEA only have the two class Boeing 777ER services... if you want F, only LAX and JFK got it.

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Old Oct 2, 02, 1:29 am
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I flew OZ First LAX-ICN-KIX. I was very impressed. It was amazing I was the only one in First so had the cabin pretty much to myself. There were four flight attendants to take care of use and as I elected to eat only caviar the f/a brought me a plate full of it with all the fixings. The seats were comfortable and I really enjoyed all of the amenities in the lavatories.. A full breakfast was served prior to our early arrival in ICN.
Now OZ did do a few things I did not like. In LA there was a mistake on my onward journey as I travel a lot on a days notice and on one-way tickets OZ had some miscommunications between the sales office and the airport. So when I checked in I was told that my boarding pass for the ICN-KIX flight would be at the gate. I went to the gate prior to boarding and was told I would have to wait they would deal with coach pax later. After realizing I was the only F pax her attitude changed and I was given my boarding pass and escorted on-board and to my seat.
On an endnote the ICN lounge is very nice and the showers and sleep rooms were very nice and clean. Staff was ok could use some work and better English skills.
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Old Oct 2, 02, 7:30 am
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I am a creature comfort guy when in flight.
Sounds like I will be using my miles on
another airline instead. Also no "F" seats
available to AA out of LAX for the 7 days
checked. Will see OZ on one of my RTW
flights on the Star Alliance. Thanks for the
posts.
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