Flight Review: Asiana Airlines (A321) Business Class – Chongqing to Seoul

Flight Review: Asiana Airlines (A321) Business Class – Chongqing to Seoul

By |2018-12-29T12:35:45+00:00September 24th, 2017|Categories: Asiana Airlines Flight Reviews, Business Class Flight Reviews, Flight Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Introduction:

After three long weeks in Chongqing I was ready to come home, and excited to fly Asiana for the first time! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the experience to teach abroad, especially with a couple weekends away from campus at the Marriott Hotel Chongqing and the JW Marriott Chongqing Hotel, but I was eager to get home!

I arrived at the airport well ahead of my scheduled departure time of 12:30 knowing the security and customs procedure could be long. To my surprise, I was through both in a short time with an invitation to the lounge contracted for Asiana business class passengers. While I wasn’t expecting the Qantas first class lounge at LAX or the Cathay Pacific lounge at YVR, I was a bit disappointed with the ‘VIP’ lounge at Chongqing airport.

I had about 2 hour to spend in the lounge, which was 90 minutes more than I needed. There was plenty of seating, with some decent views!

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Seating

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Seating

Massage Chairs With Outside Views

Massage Chairs With Airside Views

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The food selection was decent, but nothing looked particularly good in my opinion.

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Food

The alcohol selection was poor, with a few cans of warm beer and some very awful Chinese wines. I didn’t partake…

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Alcohol Selection

There was a decent selection of magazines in the lounge, but unfortunately no English content!

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Magazine Selection

Chongqing Airport VIP Lounge Magazine Selection

My flight was scheduled to depart at 12:30pm, so I decided to leave an hour before to check out the airport and be first in line at the gate. I was able to get a picture of the Airbus A321 that would be taking me to Seoul.

Asiana Airbus A321

Asiana Airbus A321

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The Flight:

Asiana Airlines 354
Chongqing (CKG) – Seoul(ICN)
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Depart: 12:58am
Arrive: 5:39am (+1 day)
Duration: 13hr41min
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 5A (Business Class)

Asiana business class is much like North American first class, with a 12 seat cabin in a 2-2 configuration. The seats were 21 inches wide with 39 inches of pitch.

Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 Business Class Seating

I was greeted at the door and brought to my seat by one of the friendly cabin crew. She was well-intentioned, but her English was not the best. The cabin felt clean and warm, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the colour choice or seat pattern.

Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 Cabin

Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 Cabin

Asiana Airlines Business Class Seating

Asiana Airlines Business Class Seating

The Bulkhead Seats - Lots Of Legroom!

The Bulkhead Seats – Lots Of Legroom!

My Seat - 2F

My Seat – 2F

Waiting at the seat were slippers and some very decent headphones, which was surprising for such a short flight!

Slippers And Headphones Upon Boarding

Slippers And Headphones Upon Boarding

Good Quality Headphones For Such A Short Flight!

Good Quality Headphones For Such A Short Flight!

There was only one other person in business class with me, which is always nice! During boarding the cabin crew came around and distributed menus and offered a water or orange juice as a pre-departure beverage.

A Nearly Empty Business Class Cabin!

A Nearly Empty Business Class Cabin!

Pre-Departure Orange Juice

Pre-Departure Orange Juice

The seat was comfortable for a short 3-hour flight, with manual controls on the armrest.

Manual Seat Controls

Manual Seat Controls

There were also individual reading lights at each seat, in addition to the main overhead light.

Individual Reading Lights

Individual Reading Lights

The in-flight entertainment had a limited selection of English content, though it was more than enough for the short flight. The seat-back screen was standard for a small aircraft, and there was a handheld remote attached to the armrest next to the headphone jack and USB port.

In-Flight Entertainment Remote

In-Flight Entertainment Remote

In-Flight Entertainment Screen

In-Flight Entertainment Screen

The menu was more extensive than I expected for such a short flight. I opted for the western option (beef), with meal orders placed before takeoff.

Asiana Business Class Menu - Wine And Champagne

Asiana Business Class Menu – Wine And Spirits

Asiana Business Class Menu

Asiana Business Class Menu – Lunch Selection

Asiana Airlines - Coffee And Tea

Asiana Airlines Business Class Menu – Coffee And Tea

We pushed back right on time and had a short taxi to the runway. It was neat to see some airlines I’ve never seen before.

Getting Ready For Pushback

Getting Ready For Pushback

Tianjin Airlines

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The taxi was short, and after about 10 minutes we were up in the air over Chongqing, without a cloud in the sky!

See You Later Chongqing Airport!

See You Later Chongqing Airport!

Views Of Chongqing On Departure

Views Of Chongqing On Departure

Views Over China

Views Over China

The seatbelt sign was turned off fairly quickly, at which point I used the washroom. The bathroom was nothing special compared to any other Airbus A321, but did feature L’Occitane amenities, which was nice!

Asiana Business Class Bathroom Amenities

Asiana Business Class Bathroom Amenities

Meal service started shortly after the seatbelt sign was off, starting with some packaged snacks.

Meal Service Appetizer

Meal Service Appetizer

I ordered the western beef option, which was served with bread and actually really good (I didn’t have high expectations). I ordered a mimosa with lunch, and while it was delicious, I’ve never had one with a cherry and orange wedge…

Asiana Airlines Business Class Lunch

Asiana Airlines Business Class Lunch

Asiana Business Class Lunch Service

Asiana Business Class Lunch Service

Meal service concluded with a cheese and fruit platter.

Cheese And Fruit Platter For Dessert

Cheese And Fruit Platter For Dessert

Meal service lasted about an hour, at which point I settled in and watched some of the in-flight entertainment. A short while later we started our descent into Korea!

Approaching Seoul Airport

Approaching Seoul Airport

Asiana Airbus A330 At Seoul Airport

Asiana Airbus A330 At Seoul Airport

Bottom Line:

Short-haul business class flights are hardly worth getting excited for, and sometimes are downright awful. This was my first time on an Asian carrier’s narrow-body aircraft in business class, and I was thoroughly impressed! The seat wasn’t much different than I’m used to in Canada, but had better recline, individual reading lamps, and was kept immaculately clean. Also, the meal service was great for such a short flight, with menus, a good variety of lunch options, and an extensive beverage list including champagne! After such an enjoyable business class flight, I was stoked for my first class flight on the Asiana Airbus A380 from Seoul to Los Angeles!

 

 

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About the Author:

Brad recently completed his Bachelors of Education at the University of British Columbia and is now enjoying his career as a high school teacher. When he’s not putting in long hours in the classroom, he relishes the chance to fly first class around the world with Tyler, or growing his tropical plant collection at home.

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