Welcome back to my latest trip report. This is the No.3 leg of my flight report, Asiana Airlines A333 Economy.
This series would cover recent vacation in the USA, and 8 airlines and 5 countries all the way to the USA.
No.1 AirAsia X A330-300 Sapporo(Japan) – Kuala lumper (Malaysia) No.2 AirAsia A320 Kuala lumper (Malaysia) – Shinzen(China) No.3 Asiana Airlines A330-300 Hong Kong(Hong Kong) – Incheon(Korea)← You are here. No.4 Asiana Airlines A350 Incheon (Korea) – San fransico (USA) No.5 Delta Airlines B717 San Fransico – Seattle No.6 Alaska Airlines B737-700 Portland – Oakland No.7 Boutique Air PC12 Oakland –Merced No.8 Botuique Air PC12 Merced – Los Angels No.9 Asiana Airlines A380 Los Angles – Incheon No.10 Asiana Airlines B747-400 Incheon – Hong Kong No.11 Hong Kong Express A321 Hong Kong – Narita(Japan) No.12 Spring Japan B737-800 Narita(Japan) – Sapporo(Japan)
I'm an AV-geek, so I never hesitate to fly long haul and transit a lot. Main Purpose of this trip is to try Asiana new Economy products and fleets, A350 and A380.At the same time, I tried a PC12, Swiss-made, 8 passengers prop-Aircraft.
I arrived at Hong Kong airport by a local bus from Sheung Shui(上水) Station. I landed in Shinzen airport (China) at 2 am this morning, and spent all night in this airport to catch the first subway, and moved to Hong Kong.So I was too exhausted at that point.
Check-in counter was crowded, but online check-in counter was empty. So I could print out boarding pass quickly. Kindly, An agent proceeded check-in on my whole journey (HKG-ICN-SFO), despite next leg to the US was tomorrow.
Hong Kong airport was clean and efficient. I was impressed with a beauty of architecture. After an immigration, The food court was available. However, it was very crowded and no empty seats, So I gave up to eat here.
When I arrived at the gate, Boarding had commenced already.
At the end of an Air Bridge, Newspapers were distributed to economy passengers. I grabbed an English one. It is a rare service nowadays, but common in Korea. I had experienced such a service in Korean Air, too.
When I entered the cabin, I found it was old at a glance because of the Seats, which was thick and classic color. Seat pitch was cramped. An IFE was outdated, and Touch control was unavailable.
Pillow and blanket were waiting for me.
Cabin crews were proactively and kind.They were assisting passengers with a smile. Personally, I felt Asiana cabin crews were more friendly than Korean AIr.
In maintenance facility, There were many aircrafts were inspected.
We took off at 2pm.On the wing, There were many repairs marks, showing its age.
After 30 minutes, Meal service was commenced. A cabin crew came to me and said they had a Western-style Chicken and a Korean"Bibimbap".Of course, I chose the later. Bibimbap is Korean style mix rice. To my surprise, They served it with a ceramic plate, along with a hot pepper paste tube.
I mixed it with a hot pepper paste and rice. It was delicious, and I felt it would be a great introduction of the Korean culture toward foreign visitors. Why would more airlines not serve a traditional meal?
A tea was served after a meal, along with a cut lemon.
We flew over Taiwan, and Jeju Island, which is my favorite Korean island. Then, We started a descent for Incheon Airport.
View of Incheon city.
At 4 am, We landed at Incheon International Airport. A second terminal was constructed, which is scheduled to open end of this year. We spotted on the main terminal. All the way to the immigration, I could watch an A380 and a B747, which would board next few days…
Modern Incheon Airport
Bonus : Click here displayhide
This is Bonus report,which would cover my one day transit in Seoul city.
Korean BBQ,I had 삼겹살(Pork), accompanied with a lot of side dishes.
I walked around my hotel at night.There were many shops still open(24 hours restaurant was common in Korea)
Next morning.I walked to a local market.
I got on the subway and went to The War Memorial of Korea (전쟁기념관). There was a detailed display about Korean War.and many tanks and aircrafts, include Soviet tanks.
Hong Kong - HKG
Seoul - ICN
The first leg of the Asiana flight was a good touch. Catering quality was very good despite a 4-hour flight. The cabin crews were kind and polite. However, I felt the hard product was totally outdated, a small IFE and old seats.
Stay tuned for the next Asiana A350 report.(It was a great flight for me, too)
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