Once I landed in ICN, I made my way to the transfer desk in order to catch my flight to HKG. Signs were clearly marked and I had to go through a quick security check in order to be allowed back into the terminal. I've read a lot of great reviews about this airport and I found it to be very spacious and modern. Some areas feel more like a shopping mall than an airport with all the luxury brand stores lined up one after the other.
I visited the Asiana Business Lounge which was recently renovated and was greeted warmly by an attendant. There were two entrances and I chose the right one. On my way inside there were some rooms with computer terminals, a buffet section and a large seating room with a piano in the middle. The library motif gave a sense of elegance and exclusivity. In terms of food, there were a couple of snacks, salad components and two hot dishes. One of the dishes was sweet and sour pork and the other some sort of tofu with vegetables or mushrooms. The container with the tofu was almost empty. I grabbed some sweet and sour pork and sat down to enjoy it.
Seating area with library motif
I then used the computer for a few minutes and made my way to the gate. On my way there I stopped by the WC and was confronted with a strong sewage smell. Up to now I had a great impression of this airport. i exited quickly and arrived at the gate where there was a long line. Thankfully there was an empty line dedicated to F and J pax next to it. I checked with the gate agent about getting the emergency exit row in the upper deck and she advised that I could change once I was inside.
A smiling attendant greeted me onboard and directed me to the upper deck. Once I reached the top of the stairs, another FA welcomed me and helped me store my heavy carry on in the closet area by the stairs. I settled into my seat where a pair of slippers, headphone and blanket were placed.
FA's distributed pre-departure drinks and I chose a glass of water.
A few minutes later another FA presented each passenger immigration and customs forms with pens from a tray. As departure time approached, the captain made an announcement saying that our flight would be delayed by about 20 min. due to congestion and rainy weather. I took a look around the cabin and it was fairly empty with only 6-7 passengers including myself. The purser introduced herself to each J passenger and apologized about the delay.
Button to move the armrest up or down
I visited the WC and it contained the same amenities as the intercontinental flight
Menus were distributed and when the lights were dimmed, the FA stopped by my seat and turned the individual light on when she saw me reading a book. The service was just as attentive and proactive as my first flight out of SEA to ICN. A round of hot towels signaled the start of the meal service with linens being placed on the tray tables.
The meal started with a smoked duck with balsamic onion appetizer
A small salad with Italian vinaigrette
Warm breads were offered from a basket and I chose the garlic toasts
Drinks were refilled automatically and FA's were really attentive. Main course was a grilled salmon with mushroom cream sauce, asparagus and potatoes.
Afterwards I had the cheese plate that consisted of Blue, Cheddar and Maroilles Nouvion.
The FA brought a basket with crackers and breads to accompany the cheese course. When I finished the crackers and still had some cheese left, the FA brought me the basket again. That was a top notch gesture!
A blueberry and yogurt ice cream rounded off the meal.
We finally landed in HKG on a cloudy night. I was able to snatch of picture of Victoria Harbor through the clouds.
Asiana Airlines Business Lounge
Seoul - ICN
Hong Kong - HKG
Once again I had an enjoyable flight on OZ. The inflight crew is OZ's biggest strength with FA's that are the epitome of professionalism and efficiency. OZ should put more emphasis in providing a more consistent hardware product, especially with their long haul J seats.
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