When you put in a lot of miles in the air, it pays to become familiar with the best airline carriers to make your trips as comfortable, reasonably priced and enjoyable as possible. Asiana airlines offer perks and amenities that are definitely worth checking out. While they're not everyone's preference, there are those who would name them as their airline of choice for frequent air trips. Here is what you can expect when flying Business Class with Asiana.
Booking a flight with Asiana in Business Class
Asiana is a major airline with its home base in South Korea. International flights from New York City with a connecting flight to Seoul, then onward to Hong Kong isn't difficult and you can help to defray with cost by using a Chase Ultimate Reward or Amex Membership Rewards if you have them for a 1:1 ratio. It's always worth checking out the use of any Reward miles that you've accrued. You can get online to book your flight and reserve your seat.
Checking in at the Airport
When you're checking in at Kennedy Airport, it's always recommended to get there early. When you do, there aren't usually any heavy lines to fight your way through at check-in. It's not too difficult to get through security. There aren't any TSA PreCheck perks attached but you don't really need it unless you're a late arrival. There isn't a dedicate Asiana lounge but there are a few you will be granted access to including the Swiss lounge, which grants shared access with Asiana. There are some great food and beverages available if you want a snack before your flight and they offer seats with windows that give you a good view of the runway.
Boarding on Asiana
The A380 aircraft are relatively new, just a few years old. One difficulty that you might encounter is finding the right lane for business class for boarding. They're not clearly marked but as you get closer it isn't difficult to distinguish.
Business Class cabin and seats
The configuration of the A380 is laid out in a 1-2-1 pattern. This makes it nice for aisle access. On a long trip, it's going to come in handy. The crew plays soothing music from the moment you board, which is somewhat relaxing. The flight attendants are friendly and welcoming. The seats are spacious and they are actually quite comfortable. The storage been is large enough to fit a good size carry-on bag. The reclining seat is very comfortable so you can stretch out when you want. There is a large table next to each seat that gives you plenty of room for personal items, drinks, and other items. it makes a long flight more comfortable. Asiana supplies a set of headphones along with a USB port and an outlet.
Amenities aboard Asiana Business Class
The in-flight entertainment system is modern and updated. the only real drawback is that they don't have a very extensive library of new movies. There are also limited choices for television series. You can solve this issue by downloading your own movies to watch on the flight or your favorite music. You may also want to bring a good book or plan on sleeping because it's certainly comfortable enough. The amenity kit is standard but the L'Occitane brand is a nice touch. The slippers provided are quite comfortable. The attendants are very attentive and they're fast to respond. Plenty of wine is served with the lunch meal and they start you off with, of course, wine and a specialty salad. You have your choice of a few entrees with a couple of sides. The portions are large enough to allow you to get your fill. Not all of the desserts are as good as they could be, but then again, I don't like dry cake. It was tasty but could have been moister.
Dinners on board begin with a lovely salad, an entree, side dishes and a dessert that could not possibly have been better prepared. The drawback is that the menus are not always easy to find so you may have to ask an attendant to show you the list when they're taking orders. There are definitely a few aspects of the meal service that could be improved upon, but overall, the service, the food, the beverages, and the portions are excellent.
Flying Asiana Business Class doesn't come with a lot of frills, but it's a comfortable flight that offers plenty of good food and attentive staff. There are a few hiccups that they need to work out with the meal service, but overall, they're one of the better airlines to fly business class.
Written by Garrett Parker
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