Korean Air – Business Class London to Sydney
Booking flights to Australia as early as possible before travel is highly recommended. When travelling business class this can save hundreds of pounds, if not thousands! At the time of booking, 11 months in advance, Korean Air were competitively priced compared to other airlines.
Online check-in with Korean Air
Unfortunately, the online check-in was unsuccessful. Every attempt was declined with an apparent error on the system. I downloaded the Korean Air’s App but the same thing happened.
Business class has its own check-in desk. It offered an efficient service with friendly staff. I had a few queries which they were quick to find answers to. They were unsure about one of my questions but radioed another member of staff to find out the answer as quickly as possible.
The Business Lounge
Access to the business lounge is included in the price of the ticket. Unlimited hot and cold snacks are provided along with a range of soft drinks, tea, coffee, wine and spirits.
Seats are comfortable, many with nearby plug sockets, convenient for charging laptops and phones before the flight. A selection of newspapers and magazines are provided and televisions are wall mounted showing a couple of different channels.
Screens are within the lounge area providing flight details so you can keep an eye on your flight time etc. Each flight is announced via speakers as boarding takes place.
The Flight with Korean Air
Flight time to Seoul takes around 10 hours and 15 minutes. The plane was extremely clean and service from the hosts and hostesses was exceptional. Each booth has a comfortable chair which reclines and additionally lays flat like a bed. If you are vertically challenged like myself, you will be pleased to know you will be able to stretch out completely.
A drawstring bag with a pair of slippers is provided together with a travel pack which contains…
- Eye mask
- Hand cream
- Body lotion
- Lip balm
- Toothbrush and paste
- Hairbrush and comb
- Shoe horn
To the rear of the business class area is a section with additional seating and a mini bar. Drinks can be ordered and enjoyed here as well as a variety of snacks.
Entertainment included TV comedy and drama programmes, a selection of new release movies, together with Hollywood favourites and classics. A number of board and arcade games were also available to play. Note that the magazines provided are not in English.
Alcohol is not permitted to be brought into Australia if bottles are over 100ml.
Food & Drink
Throughout the flight complimentary food and drink is served. A menu is provided offering a number of starters and appetizers together with couple of choices for main course. Food was of a very good quality.
- Capsicum and eggplant dip with cheese stick
- Rocket salad and mustard potato with cooked prawns
- Champignon cream soup
A choice of the following dishes are served with a selection of garlic, walnut or ciabatta bread
- Korean Bibimbap with minced beef and seasonal vegetables, accompanied by sesame oil and ‘Gochujang’ (Korean hot pepper paste)
- Beef tenderloin with mustard sauce served with arugula potato mash and seasonal vegetables
- Roasted cod wrapped in pancetta served with mushroom cream sauce, tomato couscous and vegetables
The beef tenderloin was cooked medium-well as I had asked and was very tender accompanied by a rich, creamy sauce with a hint of mustard.
Desserts include cheese with crackers, fresh fruit or ice cream
A light refreshment is provided mid-flight – ramen with a side dish and a cookie
A delicious, sweet guava juice is served together with a choice of Korean style porridge with side dishes, yogurt, fruit, tea and coffee…
… or frittata with hash browns.
I was very impressed with Korean Air and would not hesitate to fly with them again. As well as being extremely comfortable, staff were professional and very friendly. At the end of the flight, each person was spoken to individually to ask if they were happy with the flight and wished a Merry Christmas. Food was of a very good standard and well above average for airline food in my opinion.
Have a look at Korean Air’s website for more information and current prices
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