Our plane (Boeing 767-300)
Asiana 368, Shanghai-Pudong > Seoul-Incheon
Business Class, Seat 1A
Business class is in a 2-1-2 configuration - the middle seat in the front is sort of Jean Luc Picard-y.
Business Class cabin
Business Class seat
The Picard Seat
Flight entertainment screen
The flight attendants offered pre-departure beverages of orange juice or water, and distributed slippers and headphones. (The headphones were terrible).
Not exactly Bose noise-canceling headphones
There was an American man sitting in 1F whose carry-on was too large for the carry-on bin, but the flight attendants tried valiantly to make it fit. Eventually, one of the flight attendants gave up and politely asked if he wouldn't mind checking the bag in. He refused rudely.
With great effort, one of the flight attendants managed to get the carry-on bag into the bin, although the latch barely held on - it seemed precarious. One of the stewards came by to investigate, which made the American furious:
"You should stop worrying about the bags and start worrying about training your pilots. Your pilots are not very good. I fly planes. I saw what your pilot did in Los Angeles. Train them better. I saw what happened in Los Angeles."
The flight attendants smiled politely, but one of them exchanged a surreptitious exasperated eye-roll with me.
(By the way, jerk: nothing happened in Los Angeles. You meant San Francisco, but why would you bring that up with the flight attendants?)
The boarding door closed with just 6 of the 15 seats occupied.
Wide-body aircraft at Shanghai-Pudong
The breakfast menu was short (but so is the flight, at 1:50 - the fact that they do a full meal service is pretty impressive.)
Served with Sausage and Potato
Grilled Sole Fillet and Stir-fried Prawn
Seasoned with Bulgogi Sauce
Served with Pak Choi and Steamed Rice
Coffee and Tea
Sole and Bok Choy (white rice underneath the cabbage leaf)
I went to the restroom to brush my teeth after breakfast. (Yes, Lisa, I brush my teeth). They don't distribute amenity kits on such a short flight, but the bathroom has an amenity stand with combs, toothbrushes, cologne, lotion, and moisturizing spray.
I would love to fly Asiana on a long-haul flight. I was a bit ambivalent about flying on Asiana because I had heard that the flight attendants' English abilities aren't great. But every flight attendant on this flight spoke perfect unaccented English and delivered excellent service.
Also, Seoul is much closer to Shanghai than I thought.
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