Welcome aboard for a series of flight reports around the Asia Pacific.This series will contain reports on 6 segments and cover 3 airlines. So, to borrow a phrase from many pilots, sit black, relax and enjoy the reports.
The routing and procurement method were as follows:
American Airlines LAX-ORD A321 First (Cash - No Report) American Airlines ORD-DTW CR7 First (Cash - No Report) Delta Air Lines DTW-NRT 747-400 Business (NRSA - Here) Delta Air Lines NRT-PVG 767-300ER Business (NRSA - Here) Singapore Airlines PVG-SIN 777-300ER First (Krisflyer - Here) ***Bonus Singapore food section at the end*** Singapore Airlines SIN-HKG 777-300ER First (Krisflyer - Here) Asiana Airlines HKG-ICN 777-200ER Business (Cash - Here) Singapore Airlines ICN-LAX 777-300ER First (Krisflyer - This Report)
Welcome back readers. I have to apologize for the lack of detail in this report. I was at the end of a long travel day and I was a bit thrown off my game as I had not planned on this path home. I am a fastidious planner and when the plan has to be pitched int he bin I don't deal that well with it. As a result of the change in plans 0I had to part with a large pile of points that I could have used for another purpose, so that left me in a strange mood. Anyhow this set of circumstances put a cloud over the experience for me. Of course SQ was flawless, as usual.
We pick up the trip at Seoul Incheon airport with an early morning arrival from HKG. After a deserted transit security experience I was in the main concourse hall adorned with fancy Samsung TVs.
I had a few hours to kill so I wet off to the Asiana F lounge to start. It's a woefully inadequate F lounge.
The food in the morning hours is scarce.
They did have a quiet room with "cubicles" and comfy chairs with ottoman that allowed for a nap.
I stopped by the SQ lounge and it was very crowded so I didn't take any pictures inside. I used the shower facilities and they were adequate but the wait was about a half hour. There is no F section.
Spotted these signs used to mask areas under renovation. Gave me chuckle.
Suffice it to say the transit on SIN-LAX via ICN is grossly inferior to SIN-LAX via NRT, from flight timings to lounge accommodations.
As soon as practical I made my way to the gate.
The usual welcoming committee warmly greeted me at door 1L. There is always someone there to greet the F passengers as they board. When there are only a few this can mean standing there and waiting for any amount of time as there is no way of knowing when we'll arrive.
This would be my first time seeing the 4 F version of the SQ 777-300ER. It's an intimate cabin for sure but of course I lament the perception of less award availability.
I selected seat 1A. Interesting chat with the gentleman sitting next to me in 1C was in 1A for the SIN-ICN sector. Weird that somehow my last minute booking on miles could select 1A for the ICN-LAX sector. Perhaps he was an op-up or even booked after i did. Anyhow, i was happy to be by the window.
Seat 1A is a a fantastic F seat with the new SQ finishes.
My preferred refreshment in SQ F was furnished promptly. I requested a glass of water as well.
The cabin was full 4/4 for this flight. It also appeared that we were 4 that partook in all of the service. Normally I observe one or more F passengers that hit the bed and don't move for much of the flight. Not this time. This made for a busy flight for the flight attendant doing the majority of the in aisle service. Of course this was not perceptible to me as she was spectacular in the SQ way of tailoring the experience to each person. No sense of urgency, pouring wine tastes, chatting, yet still maintaining a great flow and pace.
We departed on time and made the taxi out to the runway.
Takeoff was to the southeast on runway 16. Hazy views on departure.
I was asked when I would like to enjoy the lunch serivce and I oped to go straight into it. Between the poor lounges and limited service red eye flight on OZ I was ready for a meal.
Satay was up first. paired with the Krug, as in customary.
The tabel is set for lunch and the bread basket is passed by teh steward. Couldn't resist the garlic bread and a focaccia loaded with olives and mushroom.
A light crab salad is offered for an appetizer. Rather pedestrian but of seemingly good quality and flavor.
A creamy cauliflower soup. Nicely presented with the crouton and fennel seed.
I really dig having the screen on the IFE controller for the moving map while enjoying a move on the main screen.
The main was a very nice piece of peeled cow.
The Bordeaux was a fine companion to the main.
The dessert followed and it was very lovely. I really favor a light clean dish in this spot. The lemon sorbet was a perfect amount of acid and the watermelon "soup" was a great base.
Say cheese. Not the most inspired selections but I enjoyed them none the less.
To quaff with that cheese.
The Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee presented with a plethora of sweets.
There can't be anything left on the airplane, right? Wrong. A night cap.
The turn down service followed shortly after, as you would imagine. I might prefer the bed in F to the bed in Suites. Especially in the bulk head seats. I think it's wider.
I had a few hours of fitful sleep and then found myself awake. What to do? Try the snack menu, of course. A pastrami sandwich sounded nice on paper. It wasn't very special but I took a bite or two.
Breakfast was offered about an hour outside of LAX. I obliged for some pictures.
The fruit was very nice.
The eggs, bacon, and sausage were all fine. I'm sure I at least tasted them.
We arrived slightly early and this marked the end of the journey. Thank you for coming along on this, albeit incomplete, trip report.
Asiana Airlines First Lounge
Seoul - ICN
Los Angeles - LAX
The Ground Service: None.
The Lounge: I'm very underwhelmed by the F lounges of the Korean airlines. Both KE and OZ are sub-par when compared to their regional peers.
The Cabin: It's smaller but still quite beautiful. The style and finishes applied in the refresh are top notch.
The Crew: With every journey I take with SQ I am more impressed. Don't they at least have some average staff? Not in my experience. Perhaps I'm setting the bar too low, growing up on US airlines and all? This crew was stellar.
The Food and Beverage: I have to say I was pouty about the lack of caviar. I don't really understand an SQ daytime, long haul, First Class flight not offering a caviar service. Otherwise the food on offer was all well and good. But no caviar.
Overall: I was in a weird mood and very tired so I didn't embrace this experience as well as I should have. To be in a position to travel in this manner at all is a great privilege and I am very appreciative of that.
Thank you for reading and please join me for the next adventure.
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