Eking the Truth Out of Korean Air

As I mentioned a few days ago, Korean Air gave us a surprise Boeing 747-8i on the last leg of our journey.

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 18.15.41

Obviously I was really stoked about flying a new aircraft, especially up top on the upper deck in business class – Singapore Airlines’ A380 has really been the most exciting thing I’ve flown to date, aircraft wise (partly because of my A330-300 journey – consecutive flights 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), and I was in economy.


Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Premium Economy Seat 32H, 32K


Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Economy Class Cabin


Korean Air Airbus A330-300 Business Class Cabin


THAI Airbus A330-300 Business Class Seat 17E, 17F

By the time I broke the streak last April (almost a year after the first flight in the streak), I was happy to get on the upper deck of a 747 – scrap that, you should always be happy to get on the upper deck of a 747. But I was more excited about that flight than the previous flight in fully flat seats, which was really weird.


Korean Air Boeing 747-400 Business Class Cabin Upper Deck

So, back to my point – I was excited to be on a 747-8i.

Obviously, on such a new aircraft, I decided I would be taking a few more pictures of my cabin as necessary. I personally think that business class seats can be more varied, and thus make for better reviews compared to economy class, which is why I always go out of my way to find cheap business class fares. But then, business class comes with high prices, and my family doesn’t love flying as much as I do, so I decided to pick the best seat where they could rest and I could just trickle out and take pictures.

SeatGuru has no seatmap yet, so I decided to tweet @KoreanAir_KE;

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 11.46.32

Thanks, Korean! I mean, of course I’d pick a center seat when virtually all seats (apart from row 18 and row 19) are open.

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 11.50.20

I wasn’t convinced, so I kept pushing (yes, of course I owed them an apology at the end):

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 11.52.02

Thank God for that! To get a row, I had to slowly narrow it down to three rows, then down to two, then down to one. I’m amazed.

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 11.20.58

Korean Air Boeing 747-8i Business Class Seatmap

Well, in return they had me follow @SkyTeam, and decided to send me a notepad for a “loyal customer token”…yay, thanks Korean! This shows how a little bit of hospitality definitely goes a long way.

Has anyone bugged an airline this far to get the best seat?

And by the way, SkyTeam has opened a new lounge at Hong Kong that I will have access to (replaces the rather sad KAL Lounge they used to have). Has anyone visited, and how was it?


Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Prestige Section

Any thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: