Review of Korean Air flight Seoul Shanghai in Economy

Airline Korean Air
Flight KE897
Class Economy
Seat 32A
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 02:25
Take-off 25 May 18, 11:10
Arrival at 25 May 18, 12:35
KE 125 reviews
Published on 22nd December 2018
Welcome to this trip-report reviewing Korean Air A330-300. I was going on a business trip to Seoul and I chose Korean Air.

My trip
Korean Air Shanghai Pudong - Seoul Incheon B777-300 Economy link
Korean Air Seoul Incheon - Shanghai Pudong A330-300 Economy You are hear

Korean Air has 21 A330-300 in the fleet has 2 versions of the configurations. Both have 6 First class seats and 18 business class seats. I am not quite sure which configuration my aircraft is.

My journey started with me checking-in at the city airport terminal. The city airport terminal allows passengers to check -in at a separate building located from away from the actual terminal. This is ao convenient in my opinion as it reduces the time at the airport. Sometimes the check-in line and immigration are really long at the airport. This features raises my points of convenience and services.
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I went back to my hotel , had breakfast and then I took the airport shuttle from the city to the airport

The beautiful terminal from outside
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The check-in terminal with the ridiculous high ceilings which gave an open feeling
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The departure board for today . It seems that the flight has a code share agreement with China Southern,China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines.
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I had done my immigration at the city terminal and therefore there was a small line for city passengers at the airport. The line was not that big
Some unique birds that I ran into.
Delta A350
Korean A380
China Southern A330
Air France B777-300ER
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Our gate for today will be 253
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Our aircraft for this leg
Aircraft Registration: HL 7553
Serial number:267
First Flight: 16/04/1999
Test registration:F-WWKZ
Plane Age: 19.6 Years ( at the time of making this trip-report)
Engine: 2 x PW PW4168A

All of this information is obtained from
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The boarding pass for this flight
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Boarding pass soon began with business class passengers called first.

A selection of newspapers for the passengers
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We enter the economy class cabin. The cabin is laid out in a 2-4-2 layout
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The view from my seat

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Shopping magazine of Korean Air
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The entertainment system.
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Pushback commenced and I could do some plane spotting

Departure on time

The meal service commenced soon after departure. I had pre-booked a vegetarian option. The meal was not that bad, I wasn't hungry so, I just left it.
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The seat has a cup holder which is really convenient
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The rest of the flight was uneventful. We landed on time at Shanghai Pudong Airport

Thank you for reading this trip report. Please check out some of my other trip-reports like:

Air India B787-8 Economy Class Shanghai Pudong - Delhi

Lufthansa A330-300 Business class Chennai -Frankfurt

China Eastern B777-300ER Economy Class Shanghai Pudong - New York
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Korean Air

Cabin crew7.5

Seoul - ICN


Shanghai - PVG



The Shanghai - Seoul route is operated by many airlines like China Eastern, China Southern, Asiana and more. It is a very competitive route and whatever you choose it is not going to be a bad option. Korean Air is a really good airline in my opinion and I definitely recommend it. The city check-in option in Seoul is very convenient for the passengers and makes it efficient and comfortable. Altogether, it was a great trip.

Information on the route Seoul (ICN) Shanghai (PVG)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 4 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Seoul (ICN) → Shanghai (PVG).


The airline with the best average rating is Korean Air with 8.0/10.

The average flight time is 2 hours and 7 minutes.

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