Korean Air’s new first class suite starts on the Boeing 777-300 and will eventually roll out to the 747-8, 787, and A330.
John F. sends me to Korean Air’s blog for photos of the Korean Air first class suite.
The new Korean Air first class suite is not revolutionary, but it looks like a very nice product. I already do like Korean Air first class, even the ‘older’ product, it’s a good bed and they offer good food and service.
What I like most of course is:
- They offer a first class cabin on many of their intra-Asia routes, so you can book a first class award and not downgrade to many of your destinations.
- They have better award availability departing the US in first class than any other airline.
US – Seoul and beyond as far south as Hong Kong are 80,000 points each way in first class. Korean does add fuel surcharges to award tickets, though amounts vary (as they do with paid tickets) based on destination. Chase points transfer directly to Korean Air’s SKYPASS program.
It will of course take time for the new Korean Air first class suite to roll out, but in the meantime I’m glad to see the product moving in an incrementally better direction which makes me continue to want to save my Chase points for Korean Air redemptions (and of course for Singapore Suites redemptions via Singapore Airlines transfers as well, but that award space is much more difficult to get).
Interestingly there does not appear to be any plan to retrofit Airbus A380 aircraft with the new seats. Presently I do not believe the A380 offers a better product that the 777, certainly not better enough to warrant flying out of one’s way to get it. This could become one of the unique times where an airline’s A380 offers an inferior premium product relative to other aircraft in their fleet given the new Korean Air first class suite with doors.