I arrived the day before from Paris on Korean Airlines and I wanted to try the local low-cost carriers. It was impossible to book over the internet on the following carrier : Jin Air, Jeju Air, T'Way and Eastar Jet… Only Air Busan wanted to sell me tickets. I decided to get a ticket on Asiana for the Gimpo-Jeju and return on the Air Busan flight. I know, I'm crazy, just to fly a day return for the fun of adding a new city, a new airport and a new airline to my collection !
So here is the GMP-CJU flight on Asiana.
I live the hotel in taxi for the Seoul Gimpo Airport around 11am, I arrive at the airport at 11:45am, I'll have a lot of time to kill at the airport…
I check-in at the very empty Asiana counters, not a soul around so I'll get my boarding pass in no time !
I didn't use the self-serve kiosk as I had forgotten to write down my booking number.
After check-in I walk around the land-side part of the terminal to check what's available and there again another Dunkin Donuts, I never saw so many, not even in the USA and I know Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York so well…
Pictures of the other Korean low-costs counters.
They sell all at Gimpo… Don't know if you can carry it with you on the plane though…
On the upper level there is a Gallery and restaurants.
I go to the Starbucks to get coffee and some macaroons… more coconut than almonds those macaroons…
Now I don't know why but there was a hord of kids at Gimpo, thank god not on my flight ! they were so noisy, I felt like I was in a chicken coop !
And on the other of the spectrum, there is a huge group of senior ladies…
I go through security, not a lot of people, great !
Looking at the local traffic now…
Air Busan B737-500
Jeju Air B737-800
After the departure of a flight, the ground staff would grease the jetway and clean it.
Korean Air 737 ready for departure
Jin Air 737
Water fountain in the terminal
All the gates that Asiana uses are equipped the same way with counters and placards.
The crew for our flight is here and they do their briefing while they are waiting for the plane to arrive and it shouldn't be too long as the whole staff is here !
On the neighbouring gate another Asiana Airbus 321-100 arrives and I see that it is no cleaner than the AF ones… We will note that our national airline doesn't have the exclusivity of the dirty planes.
Gate 15 is ready for boarding and departure !
My boarding ticket for Jeju.
I look at a Korean Air 747-400 coming from the International terminal and it will be positioned at the terminal for its next flight to… Jeju !
Gimpo-Jeju is a little bit like ORY-NCE or MAD-BCN… There are a multitude of flights with a wide range of planes including the 747 !
Here is our 321-100, HL-7703 will take us to Jeju !
The marshallers are here, ready to guide the plane in.
The airplane is approaching…
And stops !
The ground agents start to get the Airbus ready and i 40 minutes it is ready to go !
A lot of Korean Air A300-600R ply the domestic routes !
The terminal was not well thought and the ground staff have to cut off the terminal in order to let the flux of arriving passengers go to baggage claim without mixing them with passengers waiting to board their flight. To go from one gate to the next you will need to make a detour and walk behind a big block of walls.
Next to our A321 is an Air Busan 737-500
Everyone is getting ready around our A321 at gate 15
The plane is ready for boarding !
I am now at the door of the plane and we are all greeted by the purser and a cabin attendant.
I get to my seat 2F, only to spare seats left on board, 2E and 3B !
View from the right hand side of the plane.
Seats ABC on the other side of the aisle.
I look at the seat pocket contents. The inflight magazine, the Asiana sales articles and the safety card.
Our purser is making its announcement before departure and will close the door.
The safety demos are on, I only took 2 pictures, do not worry !
A lot of Korean Air planes at Gimpo.
We get to the runway's end and we start our take off roll.
Soon after we fly over Incheon Airport
The crew will then start to serve drinks.
I will have a Coke, not a lot of choice again. Orange Juice, Coke, water and coffee ! No crackers or cookies, nothing to eat !
During the flight they will show 2 episodes of Mr Bean Returns !
Then a publicity for the city of Yeosu who is supposed to welcome some international Expo in 2013
The screen will then feature the airshow and inform us on the position of the airplane.
In the catalog, there are Asiana articles for sale such as plane models or air hostess aprons.
We fly over a string of islands before we arrive in Jeju
Arrival is coming up
We land on time and we'll be parked at the remote stands. we deplane from the front and rear.
I am lucky to have found a seat on the bus where there is a bit of the sticker thas's gone, I took a few pictures during our run to the terminal.
Welcome to Jeju
Asiana Boeing 737-400
The bus will drop us off near the terminal and just next to the baggage carousel for our flight !
The other side of the decor !
And passenger side where you can collect bags from our flight OZ8929
I am adding pictures of Kimchi that I took at the Bucheon City market !
Seoul - GMP
Jeju City - CJU
Nothing to say about the ontime performance of the flight I was amazed that they managed to turn a plane in 40 minutes ! Great performance !
Comfort wise, it was OK for a domestic flight.
The cabin crew was very attentive to the 3 elderly passengers that were seated in front of me, they would bring them pillows and will look after their comfort all the way to Jeju.
For the service, I can't be generous as there wasn't even a bag of peanuts or a cookie to eat... Just a glass of a drink of a very limited choice.
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