Korean Air’s 747-8 First Class Seat In 10 Pictures

Yesterday I detailed how I managed to “charter” the nose of a Korean Air 747-8 out for our family on business class tickets. We were incredibly lucky for everything to have worked out the way it did, and at the end I probably ticked something off my bucket list that I never thought I’d be able to – getting the entire family in first class and letting them see firsthand what our entire industry aspires to be able to do for pennies on the dollar. While obviously I’ll have a full review coming next week, this is the “teaser” post detailing the first class cabin. As for the soft product, I detailed this in my teaser post of the business class experience yesterday, as we still received business class service and catering.

Korean Air Boeing 747-8 First Class Cabin (not pictured: me silently screaming behind the camera)

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SO COOL: How Our Family Scored A 747 First Class Cabin To Ourselves On Business Class Tickets!

Earlier today I mentioned that I booked business class flying from Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon. I was booked on the 747-8, featuring Apex Suites in business class. It’s in my knowledge that it’s common for airlines to assign first class seats to frequent flyers booked in business class on select regional flights, and it’s also not impossible for non-frequent flyers to get these seat assignments as well (I’ve actually done some of these seat assignments for readers in the past). However, today was a series of lucky streaks that eventually got me flying in a first class seat from Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon on a Korean Air 747-8.

Happier than pretzel day in Korean Air first class!

I decided I’d share my story, as well as some tips for how you can get assigned a first class seat on a two-class-service airline (it was more or less pure luck that we had the cabin to ourselves, though).

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What Is Korean Air’s 747-8 Business Class Like?

Hello from Seoul! Today I flew Korean Air’s 747-8 from Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon. I can’t even begin to say how much we lucked out on this flight, and how it’s hands down the best flight I’ve ever had in my life. However, first of all I need to objectively review Korean Air’s business class product.

Korean Air Boeing 747-8 Hong Kong Airport

I’ve flown Korean Air’s business class many times in the past, and have sampled their angled flat business class product, as well as their fully flat business class product featured on most of their aircraft. Today I had the chance to sample and photograph their newest business class product, which is the Apex Suite. I’ve never flown the Apex Suite before, though people have christened it one of the world’s best business class seats.

As usual, you can expect a full review of Korean Air’s business class (or at least what I flew), but here’s my first impressions of the product.

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There’s A Pet In The Business Class Cabin!

I’ve flown countless flights over the past few years, but this is a first for me.

I’m slated to fly Korean Air’s new 747 business class in the coming weeks. It’s not the first time I booked myself on a Korean Air 747-8, but last time our flight was swapped out for an older 747, so naturally I’ve been on my toes this time hoping that something similar doesn’t happen.

So today I found myself checking the seatmap, only to see something that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.

Korean Air Boeing 747-8 Hong Kong Airport

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Korean Air’s Interesting Premium Arrivals Service

As competition for premium air travel continues to get stiffer, airlines are trying to tailor the ground experience as much as they can for first and business class passengers, from departure to arrival. One way they’ve done this is by opening arrival lounges, so people can grab a coffee, have some a-la-carte breakfast items, and catch up on work. I’ve visited (and reviewed) the arrivals lounges at the hubs of Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, and Swiss. That said, not every airport has the luxury of space to accommodate an arrivals lounge.

Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge London Heathrow

I was doing a bit of research yesterday and came across an interesting service offered by Korean Air. Although Korean Air operates most of the flights departing from Incheon’s brand new Terminal 2 (ever since they moved their operations there), they haven’t opened an arrivals lounge, which I get, since airlines don’t normally have the luxury of space at airports (plus, their lounge game prior to Terminal 2’s opening was pretty crappy).

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Which Products Are Next Up On Our Review Roster?

Jason, Ethan, Mallesh and I have all been working on our exams throughout  the past few weeks, so I apologise for the lack of posts. From June onwards, we have some very fun travel planned, which I’m very excited for. I figured it was worth giving an update on which reviews you guys would get to see over the next couple of months.

If you’re new to the blog and stumble upon this post, we’ve done 200+ reviews of countless flights, hotels, and airport lounges, and even have guides of some of our frequently traveled airline cabin products. Here are some of the reviews that we’re most excited about over the next couple of months.

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A Guide to Korean Air’s (Older) International Business Class

Over the years, Korean Air’s reputation has risen quite a bit. I’ve had the pleasure of flying Korean Air on shorthaul and longhaul flights, though haven’t had a chance to sample their newest cabin product. Nevertheless, I feel like it’s safe to say that Korean Air is a fine choice – unless you can score their newest 777-300ER or 747-8 business class product, which seems top notch, I don’t think they have one of the world’s best hard products, and some of their amenities could be lacking, though I do enjoy all of my flights on them.

Korean Air Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong Airport

I decided I’d quickly throw together a guide on Korean Air’s business class, as there’s no denying that the popularity of the product is increasing.

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RANT: Why Is Cathay Pacific So Expensive?!

I’m currently planning a trip to Seoul in the Summer – and I’m deciding between flying Cathay Pacific or Korean Air. As a Cathay Pacific loyalist, my initial choice was to go with Cathay. At the end of the day, I get priority check-in, lounge access and priority boarding as a Marco Polo Silver member.

img_2543Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Economy Class

Just as a point of comparison, I made dummy bookings for both Cathay and Korean Air flights – and made this (not so shocking) discovery when I booked my flights – with a late night departure from Hong Kong and an evening departure from Seoul.

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The Young Travelers’ 7 Most Popular Flight Reviews of 2016

As a math top student, I do believe in statistics sometimes, even when I’m blogging. So I thought it would be interesting to see which reviews generated the most traffic this year. I’ve reviewed more products this year than I ever have (which really isn’t much, but still), so I thought it would be interesting to compare which reviews you guys liked the best. I may not be one of the most accomplished flyers out there, in the sense that I “only” flew 76,000km this year, though I am certainly grateful for all the opportunities my family gives me.

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So, in which seven flight reviews was this love felt the most? Some of these reviews are Jason’s reviews, so it’s nice to have Jason, as he adds a lot of value to this blog, if not even more than I do myself.

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Review: Korean Air 72 777-200 Business Class Vancouver to Seoul Incheon

Introduction
SkyTeam Lounge Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airport Midfield Terminal
Korean Air 604 777-200 Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 71 777-200 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Vancouver: Part 1
Korean Air 71 777-200 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Vancouver: Part 2
Our Whistler Apartment: Pinnacle Ridge
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: My Thoughts
Westin Wall Center Vancouver Airport
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver
Korean Air 72 777-200 Business Class Vancouver to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 607 747-400 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific 723 A330-300 Economy Class Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur
The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur
Cathay Pacific 720 A330-300 Economy Class Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong


Korean Air Flight 72
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Origin: Vancouver (YVR) Gate: D67 Dep: 13:00 (13:05)
Destination: Seoul Incheon (ICN) Gate: 109 Arr: 17:45 (17:05)
Duration: 11 hr 45 min (11 hr)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Seat: 7B (Business Class)

While I wasn’t the first one onboard for the past two flights where I was introduced to the Korean Air 777, I was this time. I’d had enough pictures of the Korean Air 777 from the outbound, so decided to decrease redundancy of the pictures, as the aircraft, apart from being newer, was basically the same.

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Korean Air Boeing 777-200 Business Class

Yes, the seat was equally unsturdy, and the cushioning of the seat was pretty terrible. But there was something noticeable about the flight this time in terms of cabin temperature that made the actual experience infinitely better.

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