D7 505 ICN-KUL (Seoul/Incheon->Kuala Lumpur) DEP ICN 17:30 22 MAY 2013 ARR KUL 23:45 22 MAY 2013 Flight Duration: 7:15 Aircraft: A330-300
Flight route map courtesy of www.flightaware.com The next two trip reports mark my first ever flights Air Asia or Air Asia X. Air Asia X recently inaugurated flights to Seoul/Incheon, starting round trip prices to Kuala Lumpur for less than $100 (based on one-way price). The airline quickly became popular among Korean travelers wanting to travel to Southeast Asia for a cheaper price. I myself had some business to take care of in Singapore, so I decided to take Air Asia to Kuala Lumpur and then Singapore. The itinerary was to take Air Asia X D7 505 from ICN to KUL (arriving in KUL LCCT at around 10:30PM local time), and taking the Air Asia AK 1807 to Singapore the morning after. For the returning flight from Singapore to Korea, I would be taking a non-stop Korean Air flight. I arrived at Seoul/Incheon Airport terminal around noon-time on Wednesday, May 22nd.
The counter for Air Asia X was due to open at 14:10.
The best place to spot planes in Seoul/Incheon Airport without going through passport control is located on the fourth floor near Paris Baguette.
Not a lot of people know about this place.
This place is called Bi Sun Roo (???). The views on the main terminal ramp and the satellite concourse are amazing from up here.
There was a performance going on that time of the day.
Check this place out next time you pass through ICN! I believe ICN announced recently that this place was underground a major renovation in late-2015.
I made sure I was one of the first ones to check into the flight. That way, I could have a better chance at getting one of the window seats.
Even if you checked-in online, you still need to get the boarding pass printed from the ICN airport counters. Air Asia X counters in Korea does not charge fee for people to print boarding passes at counter. Usually, Air Asia X and Air Asia charges fee for passengers to be check-in at airports.
The tags for the carry-on baggage.
The boarding pass for tonight's flight. For people who pre-ordered meals, the agent would place stickers on the boarding pass. I did not pre-order any meals.
Air Asia X, along with all other international carriers other than Asiana or Korean Air, operates out of the satellite concourse of the Seoul/Incheon Airport. The signs for the satellite concourse (gates 101-132) are in red.
The escalator to underground automatic people-mover system.
Underground automatic people-mover trains for the satellite concourse.
This is what the satellite concourse looks like. Very similar architecture, if not the same, as the Main Terminal.
My favorite resting spot in satellite concourse is the one near the star alliance lounges.
At around 16:10, the flight D7 504 from Kuala Lumpur arrived into Gate 112.
It was the special livery Air Asia X A330.
The Air Asia Flight attendants in their striking red uniforms were waiting at the gate.
I walked around the satellite concourse for a bit before heading back toward the gate.
First time traveling to Southeast Asia, so I was pretty much stoked.
Boarding the plane.
The layout of the economy class was 3-3-3 and for the last 8 rows it was 2-3-2.
The tail end section seats.
My seat, 50K, is the red seat. No one ended up seating next to me during the flight.
MIAT Monglian B767 and Emirates A380.
The seat pitch was good enough for me. And the seats didn't feel narrow either.
Panorama view of the cabin interior.
For the meals-for-purchase, the choices were as follows: 1. Pak Nasir Nasi Lemak 2. Thai Green Curry Chicken 3. Smoked BBQ Chicken 4. Chicken Redang and Basmati Rice 6. Vegetable Curry and Biryani Rice 7. Malaysian Fried Rice For snacks there were chicken hot dog and pizza bake. Instant ramen and rice porridges were also offered. The meals-for-purchase were offered at 10000 KRW or 10 USD. The instant ramen were 4000 KRW and the rice porridges were 3000 KRW. They were just too expensive, but I ended up ordering the Thai Green Curry Chicken.
Each seats had Air Asia X logo on them.
Hawaiian B767. Now Hawaiian serves A330 to ICN.
And the plane finally took off.
After taking off toward the north, the plane immediately turned away toward west before setting direction for Malaysia.
The sunlight was intense, so I closed the windows.
The plane eventually rose to a safe altitude.
And the flight attendants started serving beverages/snacks/pre-ordered meals.
The interior lights dimmed a bit.
I paid 10000 KRW (10USD) for the Thai Green Curry Chicken meal.
The portion was too little for the price I paid.
The sun was eventually setting.
The cabin lights were turned off completely.
Two hours 'til landing.
I decided to spend 6 MYR (about 3 USD or 3000KRW) and got a Bubur Nasi, which is like an instant chicken soup.
Looked like this when cooked.
It wasn't too bad! It tasted like breakfast potato grits.
During second meal service.
After one hour and half of nap, I've arrived at Malaysia.
Local time 23:00.
MasKargo sign tells me I'm in KUL!
No rain.. thank God! (since I have to walk outside to the terminal)
There were a lot of other Air Asia X A330.
The flight attendants were announcing to tell passengers not to take pictures outside. Air Asia really wants passengers to keep moving without stopping.
It was very hot and humid outside…
I took a quick picture before walking toward the terminal.
The agents everywhere were directing people where to go.
Not too long of a walk later I got to the entrance of the terminal, where I would be taking escalator up to customs and immigration.
Immigrations Arrivals Customs. There were many lines available for foreign passport holders so I didn't have to wait a long time.
After immigration customs I was directed back downstairs past customs declaration.
I heard from other trip reports and blogs that exchange rate here was the best.
Starbucks was due to close 01:00 so I headed for McDonald's.
Immigration stamp and sticker.
LCCT will indeed forever be missed in some people's hearts. To me it was one of the most unique terminals I've ever experienced. I haven't had a chance to go through the new LCCT in Kuala Lumpur airport, but I hope to get a chance to do so someday.
Air Asia X
Seoul - ICN
Kuala Lumpur - KUL
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