Review of Korean Air flight Seoul Tokyo in Economy

Airline Korean Air
Flight KE703
Class Economy
Seat 47A
Aircraft Boeing 747-8I
Flight time 02:20
Take-off 09 Sep 16, 10:10
Arrival at 09 Sep 16, 12:30
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By 2473
Published on 10th October 2016
Hello, everyone. It's been a long time since my last report.
I hope you enjoy what I think is the first Korean Air B747-8i flight report.
This is the first report of a series of flights that I took from Argentina to Japan flying with Turkish Airlines and Korean Air round trip in just 8 days.
I wanted to fly Japan Airlines but its fares for that date were much more expensive than Korean's. Also I had the opportunity to fly the B747-8i with KE
After spending just 24h in Seoul I left my hotel and walked 3 blocks to Seul Station in a rainy morning.

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Then I boarded the Arex Express comfortable and inexpensive (USD 7) train to Incheon Airport

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The check in process was fast thanks to Sky Priority. I found unusual that passengers were asked to wait 5 minutes seated until the checked baggage was x-ray scanned.
Despite what I've read in some Incheon Airport reports, migration was quite fast.
I had much time for plane spotting. The Main Terminal is used by Korean Air. So, you can't expect many different liveries.
Korean Air B777-300ER

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A Korean Air A380 surrounded by other smaller family members

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It was the first time I saw hard hardwood floor in a boarding gate area

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A Korean A330-300 ready to taxi

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Then, I saw my plane. A new Queen of the Skies: KE 747-8i. Beautiful




Finally, boarding started

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Upon boarding the plane, I was greeted with a smile by a Korean Air FA.
The economy cabin of the brand new aircraft

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My window seat with a pillow on it

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I loved the view from seat 47A. I would recommend it but only for short flights because it's next to one of the galleys

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The galley and a trendy Japanese surgical mask… lol

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The seat pitch was extraordinary for Economy class. If you are not too tall

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I found the non smoking signs stickers (instead of lights) quite unusual.

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The 747-8i nice raked wingtip

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The safety video showing an old Airbus A300/310/330/340 cabin

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The General Electric Genx engine with its chevrons

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I enjoyed the front camera views during taxi

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The cabin during taxi

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Delta 747-400 and and fuzz in my camera lens

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A Jin Air B737-800

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Those Japanese crossed legs prove that seat pitch was really generous lol

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Ready for take off





Flying

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A Vietnam Airlines B777 took off next to us

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I liked the moving map




The "pilot's view"

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Reaching our cruising altitude

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The ultra low-fi earphones

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Let's take a look at Beyond entertainment system

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For Korean Air One Direction and Radiohead share the "All western pop" category

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I listened to Radiohead last album, speacially the song Burn the witch

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An incredibly blue sky

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A nice Teddy Bear with safety belt fastened during the whole flight

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Exit and exit in Korean

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The safety information card

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First time I read the Article 23 of the Aviation Security Act

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The signs for those who like sleeping, shopping or eating during flight

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Finally the meal arrived. I didn't like the meat at all. The meat was hard and rubbery

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Metallic cutlery with the yin yang symbol of Korean Air

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First time I saw a toothpick in a plane. I wonder if the Aviation Security Act allows them on board





After meal service I went to one of the lavatories




The approach To Narita began

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Spoilers deployed

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Narita in summer




Almost there

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Landed in Japan again

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Note the new single slotted flap

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The classic Narita grass board

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ANA Cargo 767

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Parking the 747-8i

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Next to a Skyteam partner Alitalia B777-200ER

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Welcome to Japan. There are few countries that take care of their visitors like Japan. I was so happy to be in Tokyo again

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After immigration I took the Narita Express train to Shinjuku Station. I hope you enjoyed reading this flight report.

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Tourism bonus. I went to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Once you enter the garden you can't believe you are in the World's largest city. It's hard to find another oasis so perfect and clean like this. Amazing.

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The greenhouse

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Japanese are well known for its passion for photography




One of my favorites buildings in Tokyo: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

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Verdict

Korean Air

7.5/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering6.0

Seoul - ICN

8.3/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Tokyo - NRT

8.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

There's no better way for flying from ICN to NRT than the Korean Air brand new Boeing 747-8i. One of the most generous seat pitch and modern IFE in Economy class for a 2 hour flight is unbeatable. Nevertheless the meal was mediocre and cabin crew sometimes robotic.

Information on the route Seoul (ICN) Tokyo (NRT)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 15 reviews of 4 airlines on the route Seoul (ICN) → Tokyo (NRT).


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The airline with the best average rating is Japan Airlines with 8.1/10.

The average flight time is 2 hours and 14 minutes.

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