Korean Air Review

Flying with Korean Air to Seoul

This is a #throwback post. Correction, #waythrowback should be a more precise word to describe since it has been 18 months since I’ve flew with Korean Air to Seoul for the first time during February last year. That being said, I will be heading back to Seoul in another 2 months’ time for an Autumn experience.

So, what got me to choose Korean Air?

Same reason as why I flew Cathay Pacific to Taipei previously. However for this Seoul flight, the amount wasn’t just slightly extra as compared to AirAsia yet it wasn’t too pricey as well. Since I would be going to the airport right after work on a Friday and would be flying overnight to Seoul, the comfort that I will be enduring for the entire 6 hour flight matters. I don’t want to be looking crappy & extremely exhausted upon touch down because everyone looks good & almost perfect in Seoul (pun intended).

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Our night flight was at 11.59pm and to my surprise, it was a full flight. We can totally tell from the line during check-in so the little hope of getting the entire row to ourselves was dismissed. I still managed to get a window seating (yays) so I wasn’t too bothered about it.

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Like every other overnight flight, tidbits, juices and toiletries were distributed for customer to freshen up. Korean Air’s toiletries pack consist of not only toothbrush kit, they also have disposable slippers. Plus point for those who prefers to take their shoes off when you are on board – this lessen the trouble for you to have your shoes on and off whenever you need to go to the loo.

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On the entertainment aspect, I wouldn’t say they have the best database but it was not too bad. Movies are pretty up to date (note: it was 18 months ago, thus what you are seeing on the photo is definitely not LATEST) whereas on music wise, it was quite limited. I was expecting to throw a couple of K-pop songs into a playlist and then put on my headphones to sleep the 7 hours away on repeat mode but that didn’t happen. I ended up creating a list of English songs – those that I listen to frequently on a daily basis. Meh.

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When I was given the choice between Western or Korean breakfast, I quickly made a decision to opt for the latter because I want to have the complete feel of flying with a Korean Airline with a local delicacy & not sausages, eggs, etc. Though after while I thought to myself – why porridge? I don’t even fancy having porridge for breakfast moreover after seeing the portion on the tray when the stewardess handed them to me, I regretted for a bit. But you know, for the sake of experience so why not?

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So yeah, I had Juk – Korean porridge. It comes with a packet of vegetable seasoning so by mixing them together, it gives you a taste of the traditional breakfast without too much heft. Lil’ sista had the western breakfast – omelette, sausage, potatoes & peas. Their croissants were fluffy & nice too, I wanted/needed more! I am a sucker for buns on board. LOL.

While on my flight back to KL from Seoul, without a doubt I went for the western meal.

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Imagine after having these Korean food (like as above) for 3 meals almost every day throughout my 9 days in Seoul, the desire to have non-Kimchi kind of food is overpowering. I couldn’t remember what I had, it could be either fish or chicken but I definitely still remember the cheese cake ice-cream that they served for dessert.

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Overall, my experience flying with Korean Air was just alright. I have no complains but nothing to shout about either. One more thing that I would like to highlight would be their baggage allowance. Passengers on economy are only given maximum 23kg and trust me when I say this is not sufficient for those travelling to Seoul for shopping. I didn’t exactly do much shopping yet my luggage came up to 28kg.

I believe it’s always important to check on your luggage allowance before booking a flight because you wouldn’t know how much space you need at the end of the day. I personally feel that 23kg is just not enough, even if I wasn’t going for a shopping trip – what about my bulky clothing for the cold weather? But no worries, on average other airlines are mostly offering 30kg baggage allowance for economy these days.

Now that you’ve heard about my thoughts on flying with Korean Air, feel free to check out my experience on other Airlines as below :

Cathay Pacific Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Thai Airways
Vietnam Airlines