You were expecting it, here is my latest FR… but not the last one !
After one last night in Seoul, I took a taxi to get to Gimpo Airport to check in for my flight for Busan. It was 1:05pm when I get in line for check-in, a young ground agent will come a the back end of the queue where I am standing and will get me all the way to the front at another counter reserved for Morning Calm customers.
She keeps on typing frenetically on her keyboard and will tell me that my departure is at 3:55pm and that there is a flight departing at 2:00pm if I want to change. I accept and she will start typing again and again… I ask how much is an upgrade to Prestige Class and she will tell me that it costs 40.000 KRW, or 25USD ! But Prestige is full on this flight… I will request a window seat and she will give me the emergency exit seat. She tags my bag to Busan with the SkyTEAM Elite and sends my suitcase in the depths of Gimpo.
She gives me my boarding card and wishes me a great flight.
I go to the upper level and I go through security rapidly, I must say that it has always been fast in Korea since I landed here. They are efficient and fast !
I get confirmation that my flight departs from gate 9
At the precise moment, our 737-900 HL7599 arrives.
Next to us is a Boeing 747-400 to Jeju.
At all the gates, TV's with korean soap operas are shown, everyone was riveted to the screens !
Korean Air is kind enough to tell us that boarding will start with a 5 minute delay from the scheduled departure time, due to a late arrival of the aircraft.
At 1:50pm sharp, the ground staff will get into motion and invite people to board with a lane for the Prestige and the SkyTEAM Elite Plus passenger on one side and the Elite and Economy Class passenger on the other side. But it's a run for all and everyone will get onboard !
My boarding ticket is scanned and I get on the jetway.
Our 737-900 from each side !
The purser is outside and a female cabin attendant inside, both of them are greeting us.
The 747-400 is still here.
The legroom at the emergency exit, excellent !
A room with a view !
Still as many publications in the seat pocket.
The same thing as on the 380 with one extra, the Korean Air logo items catalog.
And they also sell meat !
We pushback on time and I live Seoul behind me… See you on sunday for a short transit at Incheon !
The airplane has stopped, the ground personnel will walk away and wave us good-bye !
A part from a couple seats, the flight is nearly full, we'll say 90% full.
Taxiing is a little long and finally the plane does it's turn and gets ready for take off and jets towards the skies !
Turbulence are delaying the service a little and as soon as it stops, the 4 cabin crew will start their duties. 2 from the front, 2 from the back.
Korean Air has a little more choice for drinks. Tomato juice, orange juice, coke, water, green tea and other hot drinks. No snacks either here. I'll ask for a glass of Coke.
I see that the purser sticks something on the seat back in front of sleeping passengers…
The cabin crew will walk by a few times to pick up the cups and serviettes and see if the sleeping passengers are not up and if they wanted something to drink.
We start the descent in the clouds, the weather is not so beautiful in Busan and the captain ives us a temperature of 16°
Greenhouses around the airport.
And we have now landed on the international airport of Busan Gimhae !
The airplane stops and everyone gets out. I am not in a hurry, I have all the time in the world ! particularly because it is raining outside !
No glass jetway here but a faux-wood one.
Bags will come at carousel 1
Here's my suitcase !
I jump in a taxi to Hotel Homers on the Busan waterfront. It has a stunning view of the bridge which is a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge in white !
Seoul - GMP
Busan - PUS
Korean Air is exceptional once again, the apologies for the 5 minute delay at boarding that don't even delay the flight !
I can't complain about comfort as I had a lot of legroom.
Wether on the ground or in the air, all the personnel I encountered were exceptional ! Small attentions like the stickers for the sleeping passengers, the frequent walks to collect the trash...
I give KE a 7 because compared to Asiana and Air Busan, there are more choices for the drinks.
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