This series covers a trip to Kaohsiung (高雄) and Kinmen (金門). Refer to Part 1 for a detailed background. As a reminder, the routing for this series is:
Part 1 – LAX-ICN [OZ 203, Boeing B777-200ER, Economy] – Here Part 2 – ICN-HKG [OZ 721, Airbus A330-300, Economy] – Here Part 3 – HKG-KHH [CI 948, Airbus A330-300, Economy] – Here Part 4 – KHH-KNH [B7 8915, Aérospatiale/Alenia ATR 72-600, Economy] – Here Part 5 – KNH-RMQ [AE 770, Embraer ERJ-190, Economy] – Here Part 6 – KHH-HKG [AE 891, Boeing B737-800, Economy] – Here Part 7 – HKG-ICN [OZ 722, Boeing B747-400(Combi), Business] – Here Part 8 – ICN-LAX [OZ 204, Airbus A380-800, Economy] – You are here
This report starts as I leave the OZ Lounge. It was really crowded in there and I had to wait almost 100 minutes for a shower. My flight was showing up as delayed for 30 minutes.
My plane is still undergoing preparations as I arrived at my gate.
Asiana Airlines, OZ 204 Equipment: Airbus A380-800 [HL7626, delivered July 2014] Departure: 20:20 (ATD: 21:14) Arrival: 14:15 (ATA: 13:57) Flight time: 9:43
Boarding is always organized and orderly at ICN and thorough document checks are done to ensure people are boarding in the right groups. My plane as I head into the jetbridge up to the upper deck.
At the end of the jetbridge is a cart with newspapers. The FAs in the galley quickly greet me and direct me through the galley.
It’s a long walk through the J cabin and I eventually reach the mini cabin at the back of the upper deck.
I settle into my aisle seat, which has excellent seat pitch at 34”. I think the pitch is technically the same as the B772s, but the thinner seats on the A380 make it feel like an inch more. The seats were thinner, but I didn't find them to be uncomfortable on this shorter eastbound sector.
Some looks around the cabin from my seat. It was a little awkward since a FA was standing right behind me greeting passengers.
Big IFE screens featuring the newest system. There are USB and coat hooks on the back of the seat as well.
Power outlets are located between the seats.
Pre-placed on the seats were blanket and pillow.
Slippers and headphones were in the seatback pocket already.
The seatback contents.
Asiana in-flight magazine.
The safety card for this A380.
The IFE is immediately available after the engines fire up on push back. It’s 6400 miles to LAX, which we will easily do in less than 10 hours with the strong tailwinds across the Pacific.
The safety video plays as we taxi out to take off.
Aligning onto the runway.
After leveling off, the service starts. The bi-folding tray table.
The meal options for the dinner service were ssambap and chicken. I don’t really care for ssambap, so I went for the chicken. I took a Cass as well. The meal tray as delivered.
The main was very basic, but I will admit that the chicken was very well cooked and very juicy inside. The potatoes were also not soggy, so OZ executed the components well. It just wasn’t a dish you really yearn for.
The starter was some sort of cole slaw and ham. I didn’t try it since it didn’t look too appetizing.
For some reason I didn’t photograph the dessert, but it was just a lemon cake. The bread and butter, which I also didn't touch.
Coffee and tea service followed the meal.
The newest generation of OZ's IFE, but the content is the same as I saw on the B772.
Looking through the music options, I noticed they have “Let’s Learn Korean” programs.
I went back to the bathroom before going to bed. It was clean and had all of the expected amenities: mouthwash, toothbrushes, combs, skin toner.
Meal service ended here and I quickly fell asleep (or tried to…).
I had a young Korean girl sitting next to me and she got up four times following the meal to use the bathroom during a 60-minute period and I was getting really annoyed since I was already trying to sleep so didn't really want to get up each time to let her in and out. I don't mind being woken up, but 4x is very excessive. Her mom was sitting behind me along with what looked like the grandmother, saw my pissed looked and ended up yelling at the daughter, which was quite amusing. Needless to say, she didn’t get up again until the final descent.
I finally woke up around here when I noticed the same girl was sleeping on my shoulder. The mom noticed when she was returning from the lavatory, came over to apologize to me, and then hit her on the head to wake her up, which was also some comic relief.
As always, the FAs come through the cabin periodically offering water and orange juice from trays.
Meal service started as we approached the Oregon coast, 2 hours prior to arrival.
The options were kimchidon or fish. I went for the Korean option along with a cup of water. My tray as delivered.
The main was excellent and I would have eaten two.
The starter was a potato salad with raisins.
Cake for dessert.
Coffee and tea service was done after the meals were distributed. Refreshing towels and metal cutlery as well.
We arrived into LAX plenty early even with the 1 hour delay departing ICN.
Some plane spotting on the front camera as we taxi to the gate.
We pull into our gate.
Deplaning is slow since we have to wait for the J cabins to clear out through the single upper deck jetbridge.
GlobalEntry was empty and with no checked bags, I was quickly following the KE crew out through customs.
I had to wait for Ms. NGO85 to pick me up so some spotting from the curb at TBIT.
And that concludes this series. You can open the spoiler below if you want to see some LAX spotting, otherwise, I bid you farewell.
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As a random bonus: some spotting from LAX the other weekend while I had to wait when picking up my sister at the airport.
SV B777-300ER to JED.
BR B777-300ER from TPE.
OZ A380-800 from ICN.
QR B777-200LR to DOH.
SU A330-200 from SVO.
UA B787-900 from PVG.
LH A380-800 to FRA.
NH B777-300ER from NRT.
LX B777-300ER from ZRH.
AA B777-300ER from LHR.
AF A380-800 to CDG.
SQ B777-300ER to ICN.
MU B777-300ER from PVG.
DL B777-200LR from PVG.
CA B777-300ER from PEK.
NZ B777-300ER to LHR.
TN A343-300 to CDG.
TK B777-300ER from IST.
Asiana Airlines Business Lounge
Seoul - ICN
Los Angeles - LAX
My first time in Y on the OZ A380s. Probably the most comfortable in the OZ long-haul fleet. The seats are a little stiff, but the overall comfort is still excellent.
Cabin comfort: The mini-cabin on the upper deck is pretty quiet and has the more comfortable 2-4-2 configuration. The seat pitch is very generous and OZ has some of the best Y amenities available.
Crew: Another good OZ crew. The FA working my aisle was a little unpolished, but still worked hard and with a smile to make up for her lack of experience.
Meal and catering: The dinner was very average, the main was well cooked, but boring and the starter was very poor looking. The pre-arrival meal was excellent, one of the best non-bibimbap Korean meals I've had on OZ, why can't they have these offered on the regional routes?
Entertainment: Newspaper available on the jetbridge and the standard seatback literature. The IFE was really large in size (non much smaller than their J IFEs) and had excellent resolution. Content is very poor.
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