For the second time on my trip, I would be the only passenger in the First Class Cabin on a long haul flight. Not too shabby!
the Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 Combi that would take me to Frankfurt
Then again, shabby could be a word used to describe the First Class product. I guess I wouldn’t say that, maybe a better adjective would be dated or well seasoned…
Asiana First Class on the 747
While Asiana Airlines has been introducing a new First Class product, this route between Seoul and Frankfurt on the 747-Combi, it was the old product. That said, service is where Asiana shines, and it was excellent on this sector. Although it was my first time on Asiana, the First Class product has been reviewed before here on Upgrd. James flew this route in the opposite direction in the same configuration. Matthew also flew the Asiana 747 in First Class on a short hop. Daniel has reviewed the updated Asiana First Class product on the 777-200ER.
Upon arriving on board, I was warmly welcomed and shown to my seat. I was relatively late in the boarding process, and this was when I first realized I would be alone in the cabin. Since the first class configuration is in the nose of the 747, there was no traffic in front of me. It was probably as close as I’ll get to a private jet experience.
Asiana amenity kit in the foot well of the seat.
Waiting at the seat was an amenity kit, slippers, a day blanket, and headphones. Here is a review of the Amenity Kit and other products from Darren’s site. The unisex kit contained Bulgari products.
Asiana Airlines First Class day blanket, pajamas and slippers
Once I was seated, the flight attendant welcomed me onboard and offered pajamas and a drink of my choice. I opted for Champagne and it was served with warm nuts. I was then given a steaming hot towel.
Pol Roger Champagne and warm mixed nuts
There ultimately was a short departure delay, so I was offered another glass of Champagne (when in Rome First Class…). During this delay, the in-flight Manager came by to introduce herself. She was quite friendly, I noted her smiles, and she told me, “Enjoy the movie and enjoy the food”. It seemed strange to me, but it was a warm welcome onboard.
Asiana was pouring 2 different champagnes, so I was offered a taste test. I preferred the Pol Roger to the Heisdeck. Who am I to dispute with noted champagne connoisseur Winston Churchill?
Even though it was a daytime flight, I opted to take advantage of the pajamas. The Flight Attendant offered to hang my clothes. Why not be comfortable? That said, the cabin was a bit warm, so I only wore the pants, and kept my own t-shirt on during the flight.
Farewell from the Incheon ground crew
Once we leveled off, meal orders were taken. Having heard great things about food on Asiana, I was interested to taste it for myself. I was pretty impressed with the food in the First Class Lounge, so I was hoping it was tasty on board too.
Here is the menu (offered in Korea, German, English and Japanese):
We are proud to be serving outstanding signature dishes for the health and palate of our passengers. On our flights from Seoul, we will be spotlighting some of the finest restaurants in Korea. La Cucina and the Institute of Korean Royal Cuisine are now serving their unique and creative cuisine in the air. We hope you enjoy our special cuisine.
As a special offer on flights only from Seoul, you may choose from all menus if ordered 24 hours in advance.
Foie Gras Mousse with Blini, Truffle and Ginger Compote
Pickled Mushroom and Chick Pea Salad with Baby Leaf
Creamy Chicken Soup or Tomato Consomme
Grilled Wagyu Beef Thick Skirt, with Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Tomatoes (490kcal)
Stir Fried Lobster with Blackbean Sauce and Cashew Nuts (420kcal)
Iberico Pork and Endives with Green Beans, Carrots and Potatoes in Orange Mustard Sauce (500kcal)
Blue, Mimolette, Brie
Tarte Tropezienne with Blackberry Sauce
Coffee and Tea
Korean Royal Table D’hote
Ginseng Salad Roll
Shrimp and Vegetables with Pine Nut Sauce
Rice Porridge with Mountain Yam ‘Sanmajuk’
Korean Royal Cuisine
‘Bibimbap with Braised Abalone and Roasted Garlic Chicken’ (1600kcal)
Steamed Rice Mixed with Various Kinds of Vegetables,
Accompanied with Red Pepper Paste ‘Gochujang’, Sesame Oil
Braised Abalone, Roasted Garlic Chicken
Assorted Side Dishes and Soup
Coffee and Tea
Korean Traditional Cookies
Made of Rice Flour and Apple
*-We are pleased to offer Caviar Service upon your request.
Kimchi Cold Noodles
Warm Sandwiches ‘Croque-Mousieur'(sic)
Besides the main course, the light snacks described above are provided upon your request throughout the flight
Roasted Beet with Boiled Quail Egg, Heirloom Tomato and Mustard Vinaigrette
Oven Baked Sea Bass with Clam & Vegetable in cartoccio (310kcal)
Cumin Scented Lamb Tenderloin, Green Olive & Peas, Orange Segments with Tomato Coulis (480kcal)
Vanilla Mousse, Pineapple Shavings, Crunchy Chocolate, Lemon Dressing
Coffee and Tea
Korean Royal Cuisine ‘Ugeoji Galbitang’ (280kcal)
Korean Traditional Spicy Beef Soup with Steamed Rice
Served with Various kinds of Side Dishes
Coffee and Tea
We apologize if your choice is not available due to unexpectedly high demand.
If you are allergic to any types of food or beverages, please inform one of your cabin crew.
At Asiana Airlines we believe a fine bottle of wine is the best companion to the meals we serve on board and a wonderful way to refresh your mind and body during the long journey ahead. Our cabin crew members strive to offer exceptional service by recommending the best wine pairings for the meal of your choice.
Our wine has been carefully selected under the supervision of the Asiana Wine Consultant Group. Their devotion and combined expertise in the field of wine has allowed us to build a portfolio of wines that we are truly proud of. Come explore, and enjoy the world of wine with Asiana Airline!
“Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was ever granted by the gods to man.” -platon
Medium Dry Sherry Sandeman
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky
Jack Daniel’s Bourbon Whiskey
Canadian Club Whisky
Ob, Cass, Hite, Max
Heineken, Beck’s Budwiser (sic)
Korean Rice Wine ‘Makgeolli’
Orange, Apple, Tomato, Pineapple, Guava Juice
Coke Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale
Other Cocktails are also available upon your request, subject to availability of ingredients
Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2000
Charles Heidsieck Millesime 2000
Olivier Leflaive Saint Aubin le Charmois 1er Cru 2009
Aaldering Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2011
Chateau L’Arrosée 2008
Louis Jadot, Corton Grèves Grand Cru 2007
Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2011
Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Sandeman 20 Years Old Tawny Porto
Jackson-Triggs Vidal VQA Ice Wine 2012
Cognac & Liqueur
Baileys Irish Cream
We apologize if a particular vintage year is not available on your flight selection
Coffee and Tea
Rainforest Alliance (RA) Certified Coffee
I enjoyed my view out the window, and of course the aviation geek in me always enjoys the moving map. Once we leveled off, service began. The seat itself is old, but plenty of space for this flight. Upholstery is an odd mix of tans and yellows, so its ugly, but comfortable enough.
After this meal, I reclined my seat and watched some TV. There were a lot of options, but little in English that was of particular interest to me. Eventually I decided to nap a little, so I asked the flight attendant to make up my bed. I went to the lavatory to freshen up a bit.
Other posts in this series:
Around the world in a week
Air Canada to Toronto and The Maple Leaf Lounge
First Class all to myself: Lufthansa Inaugural Toronto to Munich
Munich Lufthansa First Class lounge then transiting Frankfurt
Thai Airways Royal First Class on the Airbus A380 Frankfurt to Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
My time in Kuala Lumpur and at the Le Meridien
Malaysia Airlines economy from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap
The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap
A Picture Tour of the Angkor Wat Temples Around Siem Reap
Best Western Amaranth for a short layover in Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge and Spa
Thai Airways Royal First Class Bangkok to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul
Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport
Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in Seoul
The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt (this post)
The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt
The best lounge in the world? Back at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class with a seat and a bed Frankfurt to Toronto