I’m writing this in an Asiana first-class suite on route from JFK to ICN. A superbly comfortable seat/bed, excellent level of privacy, caviar service, a humongous flat panel TV… I could get used to flying like this, you know. Only I won’t. In just two-week time, the dreadful United devaluation comes into effect, and that coveted first-class award seat on a United Star partner will be out of reach. Sad!
I’m not doing a blow-by-blow review. I will enclose a few pictures, cross my fingers and hope they’ll speak for themselves. Here are a few pointers before I leave you with my visual aid, LOL.
- The OZ bed is incredible. I have experienced flat beds on LAN, Delta, and Air Canada. I have never had a bed as comfortable as this one.
- The seat is extremely spacious. I’m a big guy, so when I say spacious, it is not a figure of speech!
- The 32” TV is out of this world, and, as far as I know, it’s the biggest screen in the sky! 32 inches may not sound like much for your living room, but for this suite that’s all you could possibly wish for.
- The movie collection is great with one caveat. Neither I nor the flight attendant could turn off the Korean subtitles. That was a little annoying.
- The setup is very comfortable for work and fun, and the suite has a lot of space for all my belongings.
- The food is mostly great. Mostly! I went for the Korean option, and the beef was a bit too tough for my taste. Also, the fish soup was… well, let’s say, different. 🙂 Everything else, however, was delicious and the presentation was beautiful, too.
- The service is friendly and sufficient, but not over the top. I like that! When I need something, I push the button, and an FA is at my door within two seconds.
- The mini-bar is very cool, but it isn’t stocked. Not a big deal (see #7).
- The most important thing: these pajamas are great, too.
If you have the miles/UR points and plan on traveling to Asia within the next year, you owe it to yourself to book now even if you don’t have the date set. The change fee is just $75. And of course, do yourself a favor and fly out of JFK.
Having said that, it’s not that Asiana business class is anything to sneeze at (see the pics below).
I’m very tempted to book another trip to Asia before February 1, but I have my hands full. I have a one-way ticket to Cancun (a leftover from this trip); I’m planning on visiting Russia (haven’t been to my old country for 14 years). I’m also going to take my mom to Europe, fly to the World Cup in Brazil, and take my wife and the kid somewhere warm and close to home like the Bahamas or Florida. (My wife isn’t especially fond of long flights, as I’m sure, I’ve mentioned before).
So while I am itching to book another flight with Asiana just on spec, I’m also wary of biting more than I could possibly swallow. Anyway, without further ado, here are the pics. Enjoy!
The seats are wide and very comfortable
The bed is very, and I mean VERY comfortable
The food and presentation are excellent
Below is the full first-class menu. Click the individual pics to enlarge.
Asiana business class is not shabby either:)
Over Russian Far East near Yakutsk. Vastness…
On approach: Seoul, South Korea
And finally the crew that has made it all possible:)
Next Part: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Do they also still give you a choice of gifts at the end of the flight (passport holder, iPhone case etc.)?
Nope, I didn’t see them giving away anything. Didn’t even know they used to do that. Thanks for your comment.
Nice report Andy. Will be taking OZ221/OZ222 in November and December. Can’t wait!
Sorry it took a long time. Fished it out of spam, don’t know how that happened. Anyway, Eli, you will love it!
If you do a date change on the award ticket, do you have to complete travel within one year of booking?
Yes, however, it needs to be remembered that United could just change the rules out of blue. There is always some risk involved.
Nice review – I have yet to try the Suites. I’m in OZ Business next week though.
OZ Biz is nothing to sneeze at, check my pics. You’ll have a great flight.
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