Review: Korean Air 777-300ER Kosmos Suites First Class Seoul Incheon to Bangkok

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After spending some time in the ok first class lounge that Korean air has in their hub, it was time for a 6 hour flight to Bangkok.

It was only a 5 minute walk to my gate 253 where my flight was leaving from.

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777-300ER

Also, I just love flying on the 777-300ER too so this was even more fun.

By the time I had arrived at the gate, a long line had already formed in the SkyPriority lane and there was no separate line for first class. Though don’t worry. An agent was coming through the line to verify everyone’s boarding pass and as soon as the agent saw my dad’s and my first class boarding pass, she immediately took us to the front of the line which was good.



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gate

Soon enough we began boarding and we were the first ones on board behind a couple wheelchair passengers.

ICN-BKK
Boeing 777-300ER
6/3/19

As I reached the door, one flight attendant greeted me, and another escorted me to my seat.

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Seat 2J

I was in seat 2J which is the second window seat on the right side of the plane. There’s really only 2 kinds of seat on this plane. The window seat like above, and the middle section like below.

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Middle section

This is ideal for couples, though for my dad and I, he knew I’m a window guy, so he took the middle section 2E right next to me while I sat in the indow 2J.

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Cabin

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The cabin was a good size at only 8 seats with 2 rows of a 1-2-1 configuration. These first class seats are no longer Korean Air’s newest first-class but are still perfectly good seats.

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seat

The seat cushion was nice and plush which is important to me, but the back was a little hard for my liking. However there was a plush pillow at each seat so this wasn’t an issue for me.

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Seat front

Of course, as expected, there would be no shortage of legroom, and you could store smaller backs (like my backpack in this case) in the area under the ottoman.

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Light

To the right side of the seat, there was a reading light with different intensities as you pushed the button more and more times.

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Storage

Along the sides there was plenty of storage to store your personal items. I mean plenty plenty storage.

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storage

Then the tray table came out of the compartment to the right of you. It was rather stiff so definitely not easy to remove. On the bright side, the tray table is huge.

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table

To the left of you were all the buttons of the seat controls which controlled nearly everything that you could want from your seat such as headrest angle, the hardness of your seat, leg rest position, etc.

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seat controls
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seat controls

Shortly after sitting, a crew member brought around headphones for the flight. What was supposed to be noise-cancelling headphones wasn’t quite that. Though, not an issue for me since I enjoy the sounds of the plane.

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headphones

I was also asked what I wanted to drink and I went with sparkling water, which was also served with a ramekin of almonds.

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sparkling water + almonds

About 5 Minutes later, the purser came to greet us and told us our flight time would be 5 hours 15 minutes. Wow! That’s almost a full hour less than the 6 hours, 5 minutes blocked flight time. I was a little sad, but it’s whatever.

Shortly after, the crew brought around a blanket for the flight.

The blanket was soft but I sure hope the only reason they are giving such little for bedding is because the flight was not long at all. If this were the offering on a long haul flight where I was actually going to sleep, I’d be mad. Even then for a 5+ hour flight, I was expecting more.

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blanket

Soon enough we pushed back and had a 10-minute taxi to the runway, after which we took off, turned south, and we were on our way.

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views

 

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views

 

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views

The menu and drinks menu were already at the seat when you sit down so let’s have a look at the food.

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menu
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menu
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menu
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menu

And here is the drinks list.

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drinks
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drinks
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drinks
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drinks
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drinks
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drinks
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drinks
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drinks

Within 5 minutes of being airborne, the seatbelt signs turned off, and thus begun what was probably the most efficient meal service ever.



The crew working my aisle came around to take orders for meal service and drinks. Then came a hot towel right after.

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hot towel

My table was set up minuted after that.

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table cloth

Before beginning my meal, I quickly went to check out the bathroom up front.

It was pretty nice and well stocked with amenities.

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bathroom

It also smelled really good in there probably due to the dried flowers.

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bathroom
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flowers
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amenities

Now let’s go to the meal service.

First was an amuse-bouche which was a Balik Salmon with bell pepper and some more sparkling water.

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amuse bouche

The salmon with cream was flavorful for sure, but a little too salty to eat too much of it.

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balik salmon
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sparkling water

Within seconds of finishing, and I literally mean seconds, my plate was cleared and they reset my table for appetizer preparation.

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table

They offered bread in the meantime and I had to go with garlic bread.

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bread

 

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garlic bread

Then they brought me my appetizer which was a boiled lobster with mango. The lobster was as bland and unseasoned as anything, thank goodness there was mango to add some dimension of flavor because the lobster was lacking.

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lobster with mango

Next up was a potato and leek soup which was nice, rich, creamy and tasty. This was probably my favorite aspect of the meal…..a soup.

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potato and leek soup

Next up was the salad course.

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Salad

They also gave me a nice looking butter for my bread.

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butter
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salt and pepper

They served the salad with a choice of balsamic vinegar or ranch and I went with the former.

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salad

The salad was pretty hard to mix since the leaves were dry and rubbery but the flavor overall turned out decent.

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salad

Next, my course was set up for the main course. Now, whenever I am flying an international airline, I’m all about trying the local food they offer. So I went with the Korean Style Ginseng Chicken soup.

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setup
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condiments

Keep in mind, the way a ginseng chicken is served is whole as you can see.

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chicken

The broth and the chicken were bland. The chicken is fine because of how it is served but I was expecting more out of the broth.

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Chicken

Here was my other problem with the dish. I would absolutely have enjoyed this dish more on the ground. I’ve eaten dishes where you have to take fishes apart from the bone, chicken, etc. I have no problems with that since bone helps trap the flavor in more nicely. However, in this case, I found it very inconvenient to have to break down an entire chicken in the air especially with turbulence. It became messy and harder. I don’t mind doing it, however when you have to put that much more effort to enjoy the meal, its harder to enjoy it. On the other hand, I did enjoy the side dishes that I had separately.

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rice

Next up was dessert. The crew came around with a tray of fruits.

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fruits

I was also not too happy here. Don’t get me wrong; I love a bowl of fruits and vanilla ice cream, but I was expecting something more first class-y here.

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fruits
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vanilla ice cream
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flosser

A short while later, we got immigration cards and a fast track as well which would prove to be useful since the normal immigration line was crowded.

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immigration card and fast track

Then another round of hot towel service was provided.

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towel

The entire meal service was done in under an hour which was good. Overall, I thought the portion of food was perfect. I ate mostly everything and I didn’t feel overstuffed at the end of the meal. However, I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with the food across the board. The meal was definitely thorough, but like the salad leaves being extremely dry, the chicken being hard to eat, and a dessert which took 2 seconds to think of.

Ultimately this is all a personal preference of course, and many of you will be perfectly fine with fruits and ice cream. I am too, but I certainly can do that from the comfort of my own house.

There were slippers were already at the seat when you board, though I only opted to switch to them now, but they are provided on the flight.

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Slippers

The rest of the flight was just views.

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views
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green tea

The crew kept checking in on us even after everyone was supposed to be sleeping, which was good and I appreciated that.

Here is what the seat looks like in flat bed mode. I didn’t sleep on this flight because I was juggling doing work while watching a ton of lightning right outside my window, but I just wanted to show you guys what it looks like.



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bed

Eventually, we began descent into Bangkok and had great views of the city in the distance. At the end, all the crew working the first class cabin came around and thanked us for flying with them which was a nice touch.

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descent

And after landing, we had a roughly 10-minute taxi to our gate.

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taxi

Overall, this flight was decent. The hard product on this plane isn’t the newest, but it’s still perfectly good and private if you choose it to be. The seat features are placed nicely, however the soft product wasn’t up to par for me. There was no amenity kit (granted it wasn’t needed for a 5 hour flight, but other airlines provide them on even shorter flights in lower cabins), very little bedding (again, not needed on a 5-hour flight, but others provide them), and the food wasn’t my favorite. Ultimately, I’m sure this was all just bad luck and unfortunate. But otherwise, it was a pleasant flight and comfortable way to fly of course.

 

 

 

 

 

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