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Asiana Seats - Always Rock Hard? Plus, The Food??

Asiana Seats - Always Rock Hard? Plus, The Food??

Old Nov 2, 22, 4:25 am
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Asiana Seats - Always Rock Hard? Plus, The Food??

So I recently flew ICN-BKK round trip for a bday getaway. As a Korean Air flyer, I haven't actually flown OZ in over 5-6 years and even then it was only to Tokyo. Some observations as an active participant in the Korean flyer community and I'm so curious of everyone's thoughts:

1) Is it just me are the A380 upper deck Y seats ROCK HARD? Like I get Korean's fondness for FIRM seats, but damn it was kind of totally unpleasant for five hours. I have never felt that uncomfortable on my ICN-ATL long hauls of 13-15 hours in all my life lol.

2) THE FOOD. Like genuinely, it was awful. I had always heard that KE had better planes and product but OZ had better food and soft service. Now Im like uhhhhhhh ... DID I JUST EAT? From ICN it was some bland cous cous with "chicken steak" and some bland tomato sauce and dry potatoes. Now, I don't expect economy food to be amazing, but gah was this just not fun to eat. I really didn't want bibimbap bc I eat it all the dang time and I live in Korea so it's not like "The event" it should be haha.

3) The movie selection is just as bad as Korean Air it's true.

Really was looking forward to more from Asiana. But I can say - THEIR CAKE IS STILL AMAZING lol. I remember it on my Tokyo flights too. You can't get cake that moist anywhere in Korea on the regular as is, how do they do it?!?!
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Old Nov 2, 22, 2:23 pm
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Asiana's catering really went downhill ever since they changed caterers about 4 years ago.

I guess nearly going bankrupt and getting gobbled up by the competition (Korean Air) isn't great for morale either.
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Old Nov 4, 22, 1:35 am
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Can't comment on short haul Y catering. But earlier this year, got back from a trip in J on SQ, JAL, UA, and OZ long haul and KE short haul.

While they were just one off flights in J with airlines coming out of covid, out of all the J flights, OZ meals were the best. They were back to their highs of about 5 years ago, and it was no competition. And yes, even better than JAL out of NRT. I'll be on another roundtrip in J with SQ later this year, so will see how SQ catering has progressed. To be fair to SQ, the catering was out of EWR, and I believe they're notorious for being pretty bad. Also, the KE short haul meal was, imho, almost inedible.

All this to say that I think it's going to take a while for catering standards to stabilise as airlines come out of covid.
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Old Nov 17, 22, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by sol95 View Post
Can't comment on short haul Y catering. But earlier this year, got back from a trip in J on SQ, JAL, UA, and OZ long haul and KE short haul.

While they were just one off flights in J with airlines coming out of covid, out of all the J flights, OZ meals were the best. They were back to their highs of about 5 years ago, and it was no competition. And yes, even better than JAL out of NRT. I'll be on another roundtrip in J with SQ later this year, so will see how SQ catering has progressed. To be fair to SQ, the catering was out of EWR, and I believe they're notorious for being pretty bad. Also, the KE short haul meal was, imho, almost inedible.

All this to say that I think it's going to take a while for catering standards to stabilise as airlines come out of covid.
My CEO student is OZ Platinum and he said recently he flew KE J and it blew OZ out of the water in every way haha.
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Old Nov 22, 22, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by mikesaidyes View Post
1) Is it just me are the A380 upper deck Y seats ROCK HARD? Like I get Korean's fondness for FIRM seats, but damn it was kind of totally unpleasant for five hours. I have never felt that uncomfortable on my ICN-ATL long hauls of 13-15 hours in all my life lol.

2) THE FOOD. Like genuinely, it was awful. I had always heard that KE had better planes and product but OZ had better food and soft service. Now Im like uhhhhhhh ... DID I JUST EAT? From ICN it was some bland cous cous with "chicken steak" and some bland tomato sauce and dry potatoes. Now, I don't expect economy food to be amazing, but gah was this just not fun to eat. I really didn't want bibimbap bc I eat it all the dang time and I live in Korea so it's not like "The event" it should be haha.
And here I was delighted to find Asiana award space. Is business class as bad? Hard seats? Poor food quality? Set my expectations, even if low, please.
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Old Nov 22, 22, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
And here I was delighted to find Asiana award space. Is business class as bad? Hard seats? Poor food quality? Set my expectations, even if low, please.
Did you read the whole thread, or only the OP comment?

Note my reply below, which I think answers your questions

Originally Posted by sol95 View Post
Can't comment on short haul Y catering. But earlier this year, got back from a trip in J on SQ, JAL, UA, and OZ long haul and KE short haul.

While they were just one off flights in J with airlines coming out of covid, out of all the J flights, OZ meals were the best. They were back to their highs of about 5 years ago, and it was no competition. And yes, even better than JAL out of NRT. I'll be on another roundtrip in J with SQ later this year, so will see how SQ catering has progressed. To be fair to SQ, the catering was out of EWR, and I believe they're notorious for being pretty bad. Also, the KE short haul meal was, imho, almost inedible.

All this to say that I think it's going to take a while for catering standards to stabilise as airlines come out of covid.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 4:17 pm
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Originally Posted by sol95 View Post
Can't comment on short haul Y.
I just did OZ101, NRT-ICN, in Y yesterday and I can echo some of the comments here. The catering situation was dire: just one choice of chicken teriyaki over rice. The thick, brown sauce that covered the meat was tasteless, but the meal mercifully came with a sachet of Korean pepper paste, so I just scraped off the brown sauce and slathered on the gochujang, making it passable. Aside from the main the meal came with a small egg custard and a waffle with a cup of water. In the past, I remember two meal choices in Y (with at least bibimbap as an option), but maybe thats no longer the case in short haul Y. Anyway, I was glad I snacked a bit in the lounge before boarding.

The seat (I think A330?) was certainly firm but was fine for a flight of this duration (2hrs and 15 mins). Although, Im not sure if itd be too comfortable traveling farther afield.

On the positive, the service was gracious, attentive and we arrived bang on time.
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