This series covers a trip to Manila over Labor Day weekend. Please refer to Part 1 for the background. As a reminder, the routing is:
Part 1 – LAX-ICN [OZ 203, Boeing B777-200ER, Economy] – Here Part 2 – ICN-MNL [OZ 701, Boeing B777-200ER, Economy] – Here Part 3 – MNL-ICN [OZ 702, Boeing B777-200ER, Economy] – Here Part 4 – ICN-LAX [OZ 204, Boeing B777-200ER, Economy] – You are here
This report will cover the flight from ICN to LAX. The report will be a little bit light because I had a sinus infection and wasn’t feeling well. The bonus at the end will be of Manila.
After clearing transfer security, I went to the OZ Business Lounge. The standard hot food was out: noodles and fried rice. The lounge was really crowded at this time since all the flights to the US were getting ready to depart. I just rested my eyes and took a shower.
I just stayed in the lounge until 45 minutes to departure and then left. The waiting areas at ICN.
FIDS with my flight highlighted.
Boarding was delayed and didn’t start until around 20:05 for our 20:20 departure. My boarding documents.
My OZ B772 waiting outside.
Asiana Airlines, OZ 204 Equipment: Boeing B777-200ER [HL7732, delivered May 2004] Departure: 20:20 (ATD: 20:52) Arrival: 16:00 (ATA: 16:01) Flight time: 11:09
Priorities are strictly respected and priority passengers are sent down and into the plane. There were newspapers at the end of the jetbridge.
Entering, the FAs greet me and check my boarding pass. They direct me through the galley and to the right. Log jam entering the first Y cabin.
Seat pitch is good and we will have the new Y cabin with large IFE screens.
The fold down footrest and power outlets in between the seats.
The IFE in the newer Y cabins. There is also a coat hangar and USB port.
Pre-placed on the seat were pillow and blanket.
Shortly after boarding, head phones and slippers were handed out by the FAs.
My newspaper, complete with KE ad.
Our airplane registration before the two people fill in these two seats. The plane went out pretty close to 100% with no more than 5 empty seats.
We took off around 21:00 and meal service started up after leveling off. The option was a Korean ssambap or a Western meal. I went for the ssambap and a Pocari Sweat to try and rehydrate since I wasn’t feeling well. Sorry for not taking pictures without covers. The tray on the right had the beef and rice. The bowl contains the lettuce and peppers. It’s served with a dried Pollock soup and some sweets in the back of the tray. The meal is pretty good, but I don't find ssambap very easy to eat on an airplane since you have to make lettuce wraps with your food.
The lavatories are well stocked with amentities and are of above average cleanliness. I found the crew on this flight to be not as attentive as other OZ flights. They were pretty non-existent mid-flight and didn’t come through hourly with drinks like on every other flight I have taken on OZ.
The IFE is above average in size and quality, but the quantity is quite poor and its hard to find enough things to watch on multiple long haul flights.
I tried to sleep as long as I could. I woke up as we approached Seattle.
As always, OZ does breakfast service 2.5 hours before arrival, which is just painful. The options were fish and rice or chicken and noodles. I went with fish and rice. My meal as delivered. This looks very similar to what Numero_2 had on his second tray on ICN-CDG (Here).
The main. It tasted like it looks in this picture, not so great.
A potato salad and dessert.
Another drink service was done prior to arrival…
…along with the famous OZ exercise video.
Standard approach into LAX.
My plane arriving (photo courtesy of Ms. NGO85 from the park next to In-N-Out).
We had a short taxi into our slot at TBIT and were quickly deplaning.
Down to immigration we go. Welcome to the US!
Global Entry is empty so I’m quickly out and into the baggage claim.
Bags were circling quickly and I was out of the airport within 30 minutes of touching down at LAX, very nice perk after being sick all flight.
My reward is finally completing the OZ Diamond (*G) qualification.
Old Town Manila.
Palacio Del Gobernador.
Asiana Airlines Business Lounge
Seoul - ICN
Los Angeles - LAX
Asiana is a solid carrier, but just lacks that final touch that makes their NH/SQ *G competitors into LAX just a little bit better. The catering and crews on this segment weren't as good as what I normally get on OZ, so probably is just one of the rare one offs. That said, given their frequent fare sales from the west coast into Asia, OZ is definitely good value when their fares hit $500-600.
Cabin comfort: Newer Y cabin with plenty of legroom. The cabins are clean and the lavatories are always well stocked. The distribution of slippers in Y is a big plus for OZ (the little things do make a difference).
Crew: This OZ crew wasn't like the other ones I have seen. They just didn't seem as proactive and it wasn't just the FA serving my aisle, the entire cabin crew seemed to be absent mid-flight. Normally, they make drink runs from trays every 45 minutes, but this crew maybe did it once every 90 minutes. They were still friendly and gave special attention to the elderly and those with special needs.
Meal and catering: The ssambap is good, but not the most practical meal for a plane since it requires eating with your hands. The pre-arrival meal wasn't the best of meals, but that might just have been my choice. The lack of drinks mid-flight wasn't the best, but I'll give that as a knock to the FAs. Pocari sweat as a drink brings me back, I was lucky I saw it on the cart. OZ needs a menu so passengers can know the meal options and drink options more clearly.
Entertainment: Newspaper available on the jetbridge, magazine rack on the bulkhead, and the standard seatback literature. OZ’s IFE in the newer Y is a decent size and quality, but they definitely need to bulk up their Western content to appease their large amount of American passengers.
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