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Review: Korean Air (Economy) Singapore – Seoul – Las Vegas

We were travelling from Singapore to Las Vegas via Korean Air last August.

We used to travel via Singapore Airlines (SIN-ICN-SFO-LAS) then take another domestic flight (Virgin) from SFO to Las Vegas. As much as the flight was good, but 2 transits in 24 hours time wasn’t fun at all. Plus the super long, (I am talking about approximately 1-2 hours) to clear the US custom in San Francisco was enough to knock you out after 20+ hours in the flight. Not to mention we had to collect our luggage and re-check in again for another domestic flight to Vegas.

This year we found a good deal on Korean Air S$2,300 for both ways economy class. It has only 1 transit in ICN (Seoul) then fly direct to LAS (Vegas).  SIN-ICN-LAS, Sweet!

If you like to see how’s Korean Air’s economy class like, please keep reading.

Flight Review: Korean Air Economy Class, SIN-ICN

1. Flight info:

Route: SIN-ICN-LAS

Price: S$2,300 both ways  (vs Business Class S$7,117)

Flight number: KE645 (SIN-ICN), KE5 (ICN-LAS)

Aircraft type: A330 (SIN-ICN), B773ER (ICN-LAS)

Flight schedule: 1100-1835, 2100-1640

Flight time: SIN-ICN 6 hr 35 m, Layover 2 hr 25 m, ICN-LAS 11 hr 20 m

Total time: 20 hr 20 m

Korea Air A330 aircraft  – Flight from Singapore to Incheon. KE648

2. Korean Air A330 Economy Class – Seats

Seat Configuration: 2-4-2


Economy Class Cabin – looks pretty new

Korean Air SIN-ICN Economy Class

 

Seat A and B, with preset pillows, blankets and headphones

Good size leg rooms, with no foot rest

10.6-inch high-resolution LCD wide screen – with touch screen function

One thing I liked about Korean Air was : It has 3 stickers in the seat pocket shall you don’t want to get disturbed, or like the crew to wake you up for meals or duty free, just simply paste the relevant sicker on your seat. How thoughtful! We will never sleep past breakfast again!

Apart from the regular airlines magazine, I was shocked by the size of duty free magazine in Korean Air! The thickest airlines duty free magazine I have ever seen!

They must have emphasised ALOT on inflight sales for revenue!

3. Inflight meals SIN-ICN (KE648)

There were no menu cards given on both sectors of SIN-ICN or ICN-LAS.

I really don’t mind as I can imagine how many papers and resources has been wasted just to print all those menu cards.

Meal service began soon after take off with 3 choices.

I had the Korean bibimbap as this is my first time travelling Korean Air, we just have to try something authentically Korean, shouldn’t we?

It served with steamed rice, bibimbap toppings, just have to mix everything together, with the Korean chili paste Gochujang. (You can always request Gochujang from the crew if you like Korean chili paste).

Side dish: Kimchi

Soup: Seaweed soup

Dessert: Fruits

Wine choice: Chilean Red and white wine, and Korean Chardonnay! Yes, I didn’t even know Korea produces wine until now!

Korean Chardonnay – taste wise… let’s just say it doesn’t get too famous outside of Korea for a reason. Shall we put it this way. Now, give me a proper Chilean wine or anything else.

Light meal: small sandwiches

4. Verdict

Overall for SIN-ICN it was a pretty easy flight. 2 meals were served, 1 lunch after take off and snack service before landing.

Seat – new and comfortable 5/5

Inflight entertainment system – loved that touch screen system which is so easy to navigate. Great selection of movies and music. 5/5

Meals – Loved the food especially the soup that comes with bibimbap. Isn’t it the best feeling in the world to slurp hot soup in a cold and dry aircraft? 4.5/5

The only problem is that without menu cards, I just have to guess what’s available on the list. For example if I like to order a beer or cocktail, I just have to guess as if they serve that onboard. But I think by excluding menu cards, it’s a good way to keep the passengers to order too many things onboard. Definitely a plus for the crew~

Service – Korean Air service procedure was quite straight forward but the crew service is good and on-par to other Asian airlines. 4.5/5

 

Smooth and easy flight. Good food and the entertainment system is enough to keep ourselves busy in the 6 hours flight.

Transiting in ICN Airport

Since 2005, ICN Airport has been rated the best airport worldwide every year. It is also world’s cleanest airport and the world’s best international transit airport by Skytrax.

Impressive!

It wasn’t hard to spend 2.5 hours transit here in Seoul Airport.

S$11 for Korean spicy tofu soup with side dishes at ICN airport. Yum..

 

If you like to read more about my next flight from Seoul to Las Vegas in Korean Air B773-ER aircraft, please click here to read more~

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

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