Korean Air uses Terminal 2 at Incheon Int'l Airport.
The premium class check-in area is before row A in the same terminal building. There is a small door leading you to the premium check-in area.
Inside the premium check-in area, First Class has its own check-in lounge while Business Class has the typical check-in counters.
You can sit and enjoy a drink while waiting to be checked-in.
There's no separate security check and passport control area so I used the main one, and once cleared, the Korean Air First Class lounge is on the right side within a 5 minute walk.
On the left side is Korea Air Million miler lounge and on the right side is the Korean Air First Class lounge
There is a flagship B747-8 model on display so I took a photo with it.
Korean Air First Class Lounge
The Korean Air First Class lounge is fairly small in size and I'd say very understated in terms of luxury. It is not flashy at all.
There is just one main hall area with partitions and lounge chairs. Some seats facing the windows have the massage chairs.
The F&B area is also fairly underwhelming from first look. It is intimate with just 6 tables. The buffet spread has drinks, some snacks and ice cream.
For food, I was presented with a menu and there are images of food on the tablet. It is a la carte by order only.
Korean Air First Class lounge Cheeseburger, the angus beef pattie was good.Before the flight, I tried out the massage chair, it was very relaxing in this zero-gravity position.
There are also private rooms and shower room available in the Korean Air First Class lounge.
Overall, I'd say the lounge is functional but it is fairly underwhelming as a First Class Lounge. The food was decent but I felt Korean Air could do more to "luxurize" the experience.
Korean Air A380 Flight to Los Angeles
This is my first time flying Korean Air A380. I am glad they brought it back.
Currently, the Korean Air A380 flies from Incheon to Bangkok, Taipei, Los Angeles, and New York JFK.
My flight KE17 was operated by HL7621, a 10 year old A380First Class boarding at Korean Air
Korean Air First Class
Korean Air First Class is on the main deck, unlike many other A380 operators. There are 12 Kosmo Suites (older generation Suite).
My seat was 1D, center aisle directly under the stairwell of the A380. The entire First Class was full.
Flight time to LA was 10 hours and 10 minutes.
Unfortunately, mask is still mandatory onboard Korean Air.
Seat Map of Korean Air A380
Am I the only one wearing a 747 outfit onboard the A380?The usual First Class amenities, blanket, amenity kit and pajamas. I am not a fan of the Korean Air PJ color.In addition to the regular menu, there is a Korean special menu called "Hansik Jeongchan".
Flight attendants came to take food orders, I noticed that they can write on the tablet if customers have any special requests.
Korean Beef shank with mushroomSorbet as middle course
I tried out the Korean food option, it was a huge tray of small dishes, including beef galbi, grill sea bream, seaweed soup and other accompaniments.
Korean Air First Class traditional food
After the meal, I went around the A380 for a walk.
I checked out the Economy Class meal. The tray was large and I like how Korean Air still serves meats on the salad course while most other carriers are giving you beans, lentils or couscous....
The rest of Korean Air A380
There are 94 Business Class seats spanning the entire upper deck.
301 Economy Class seats are on the lower deck behind First Class.
The A380 is huge so there's some extra room at the front of the plane. Korean Air uses these space to set up as a bar and lounge. However, no drinks were displayed.
There is also a "celestial bar" at the rear of the A380. The flight attendant told me this is now a self-service bar.
In the rear of the A380 behind the economy class, there is a unique duty-free stand. However, it was not utilized and the shelves are empty.
I had about 6 hours of rest while we crossed the Pacific. The Korean Air First Class space was ample and spacious. The mattress and bedding were excellent.Before landing, I was still full from the 7-course dinner. I enjoyed a bowl of Korean Ramen. It was the best in-flight snack in my opinion.
Korean Air A380 product is dated as the plane is 10 years old. On the B747-8 and B777-300/ER, you can find the fully enclosed suite called Kosmo Suite II. I must say, I am not a fan of the Korean Air interior color. It doesn't portray the First Class luxury as one would expect. I very much prefer their B747-8 which features the newer Kosmo Suites II.
The service was courteous and efficient.
While the seat wasn't fully private, it is wide and spacious. The bedding was comfortable.
No Wi-Fi, outdated IFE.
Many unique onboard A380 features like the celestial bar, duty-free stand were not open and utilized.