Flying Asiana Airlines domestically in Korea Jeju City Reviews
An insight into Korean perfection Jun 15, 2011
Korean domestic flights (not sure if some, many, most or all of them) operate on a shuttle basis ... meaning you walk up and buy your ticket just like for a bus.
I bought my ticket in advance (not on Asiana's terrible website) but was permitted to go on the first available flight.
My short flight from Gimpo to Jeju offered an insight into Korean perfection. The Airbus A321 appeared to be perfectly configured:
- the legroom was adequate.
- the seats seem to be comfortably inclined even when upright ... unlike on many other airlines; it gets even better when reclined.
- in each block of three seats, the centre was wider than the window and aisle seats; good idea!
The ground staff and crew were immaculate and faultless in their dealings with customers. As with other airlines in Korea and Japan, the ground staff (including those driving the pushback truck) line up and bow and/or wave goodbye to the plane as it taxies to the runway.
My frequent flyer status enabled me to use Asiana's lounge at Gimpo airport. The food and drinks were pitiful and it was like a sauna.
Fortunately I held a credit card which allowed access to the competitor's (Korean Air) lounge. That was cooler, brighter and more spacious. The refreshment offerings were also pitiful but had a classier feel.
All-in-all, Korean domestic flights are cheap ... they're rarely necessary though, except for getting in and out of Jeju.
Part of the 2011 SE Asia, Korea, Albania and Mexico travel blog
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