I’m a big fan of Korean Air — a good product and great award availability, and plenty of US routes. They also do more intra-Asia flying with a first class cabin than other carriers as well. Whereas most airlines limit their first class to long haul routes, you can fly Korean first class even on many short routes.
The current long haul first class seat, which I flew the Sunday after Thanksgiving a couple of years ago thanks to their unprecedented award availability, is extremely comfortable, though not especially private.
They now have a new first and business class product, and it’s installed in the first few aircraft.
Here’s the new business class. They call it Prestige Suites and all the seats have direct aisle access, are 21.6 inches wide with 74 inches pitch.
There’s no indication at this time that these seats are going to go into existing aircraft. I’ve not uncovered any plans for a retrofit, although I’ve asked for comment.
These are, however, the news seats for A330 aircraft that are being delivered — and they appear to have 747-800s, 777-300ERs, and 787s on order.
While these won’t be the world’s leading seats, they’ll be good and up to world standard and even Asia Pacific carrier standard. Combined with good food and service (even if somewhat lackluster ground experiences) will make Korean flights even better.
And as I observe, they have probably better first class award availability than any other airline and they’re the Asian carrier with more routes to the US than any other.
That all makes me anticipate even more the return of Korean Air Skypass as a Chase transfer partner.
(HT: Jeff W.)
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