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Want to know what it’s like to fly Asiana Airlines First Class? Come fly with me aboard their Airbus A380 on my review of the product from LAX to Seoul Incheon.
This really was an amazing flight. It was almost flawless. From the minute we stepped into the lounge, we were in luxurious bliss. The seats, food, and service were all impeccable.
What I liked:
The Star Alliance First Class Lounge at LAX – Asiana uses the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal. Our first class tickets granted us access to the smaller first class section of the lounge which offers restaurant quality made to order food. We also checked out the massive business class section of the lounge which offers an extensive buffet and even an outdoor patio.
The Airplane – The Airbus A380 is truly an engineering marvel, and it’s too bad it is going off production in 2021. The double decker aircraft is massive and very spacious inside. First Class is on the lower deck, along with economy class. While business class is located on the front half of the upper deck with a smaller economy section towards the rear.
The First Class Suite – Asiana features 12 fully enclosed First Class suites on the Airbus A380. The seat is spacious, and there are plenty of storage space around the seat. The legroom is just ridiculously generous and the IFE screen is a whopping 32″!
The amenities – Asiana offers sleepwear for first class passengers with slippers, and a nice Ferragamo amenity kit.
The food – The food offerings on this flight was wonderful. The catering from LAX was presented nicely and tasted fresh. A simple, but delicious Korean amuse bouche was offered as a starter, followed by a full caviar service. For my main, I opted for the Korean meal, which was bibimbap and it was amazing! For dessert, I opted for some fruits, and Korean desserts. I had the spicy ramen mid-flight and it was tasty. About 2 hours before landing, I ordered the Korean congee, and it was also nicely served and was very good!
What I didn’t like:
The security screening at LAX – LAX (especially the Tom Bradley International Terminal) is notorious for having long lines at their security checkpoints. Unfortunately, a handful of flights were departing around the same time ours was, so the line was backed up and we ended up having to wait a good 45 minutes just to get through.
The cabin temperature – The cabin temperature was a bit to warm for me. Wish they would have cooled it down a bit.
It was OK, I guess…
The service – The service was pretty good. The crew offered us pre-departure beverages and hot towels. They also offered turndown service after dinner for First Class passengers. I’m really nitpicking here, but I felt that the flight attendants were very efficient in delivering service, but not really too engaging with the passengers. We may have just got a more reserved crew, or perhaps it could be the language barrier. Regardless, we still got very good service on this flight. Our glasses were proactively refilled and our plates always promptly cleared away.