I just got off my Asiana First Class Suites on their new closed-door suites on their 777-200ER from New York to Seoul, which is part of a trip to Hong Kong with US Airways Dividend miles. The plane that I flew was less than half a year old so it still had a slight new plane smell which was nice.
Asiana First Class Suites
The Asiana First Class Suites just might be one of my very favourite products. The hard product is just extremely stunning, and very spacious. It features the largest personal TV monitor on a commercial passenger plane, at 32″, which is as good as it gets, although I think a lot of the screen content wasn’t HD which was too bad. Here’s a picture with a set of Bose headphones for comparison.
The amount of personal space that you got in the seat was also extremely good. Storage space was plentiful, the seat was nice and long, and wide enough for most people. I’ve yet to fly Singapore Suites, so I can’t compare it to that. But in my opinion it was much more spacious than all of the F products I’ve flown, including LH Old First on the A346 and 747, CX F on the 77W, TG F on the A380 and 747, and UA F on a 777. The width of the seat is fantastic and I’d guess around 30″ as it’s definitely wider than the TG A380 which SeatGuru lists as 26.5″. The suite is also very long in that your feet don’t feel cramped when you’re sleeping if you’re tall.
To top that off you have doors, which are really nice especially if you want to open/close shades and lights when the cabin is dimmed. I als0 felt that there was a lot more privacy when I slept.
There was also a lot of personal lights including one behind the seat, an LED-like light panel, and two oversized reading lights. The stars on the ceiling also really complemented the coziness of the seat.
This all contributed to the homey feel that I got without being cramped, which is why I like it so much, as I don’t think I’ve gotten this feeling from many other premium cabins I’ve flown. It really made it seem not so much like an airline seat but definitely a feeling that you’re at home, even more so than CX F.
Surprisingly one of the things that I had been looking forward was the amazing soft product that many people rave about. The FA’s were perfectly nice, but they didn’t go above and beyond. Or perhaps I just set my expectations too high. Perhaps it was the 7/8 load but the onboard service didn’t blow me away. Certainly it was an excellent flight but definitely a very standard one. The other thing that could be improved in my opinion is the bedding which was not as nice as on Lufthansa of Cathay.
But overall, the food was quite good, the Bulgari amenity kit was nice, and the plane was nice. I had an amazing flight. This should be a product on the top of your list if you like stellar first class products, given that it’s probably the nicest product fairly accessible with most star alliance miles (UA, AP, US). For example there are two F seats every day on the flight if you book around 10 and a half months out.
Given that their A380 will likely feature the same product as on this plane I’m really excited for Asiana to start flying their A380’s! Full trip report coming soon!
Asiana’s own page on their First Class Suites can be found here.