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Review: Asiana Airlines A350 – Business Class

ICN SFO
Arrival Airport San Francisco International Airport
Flight Carrier Asiana Airlines
Flight Number OZ212
Duration 10:40
Aircraft A350-900
Cabin Class Business
To the point After a smooth flight from Ho Chi Minh City, and a quick stop at the Asiana Airlines Business Lounge at Seoul Airport (ICN), we are on our way to San Francisco.

After a smooth flight from Ho Chi Minh City, and a quick stop at the Asiana Airlines Business Lounge at Seoul Airport (ICN), we are on our way to San Francisco.

Seoul – San Francisco | Asiana Airlines OZ212 | A350

When we booked our round-the-world itinerary, we had two choices to reach the US West Coast on Asiana Airlines:

  • or Seoul – Los Angeles on A380
  • or Seoul – San Francisco on A350

We opted for the second choice. After all, we already did a photo report on the proposed A380 route! And I had a clear preference for San Francisco since we recently went to L.A.

Before boarding

As we left the Asiana Business Lounge, we had to find our door. The instructions were very clear.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

I love these airport bulletin boards 🙂

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

We appreciate the attention paid to children by the South Koreans.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Fortunately, there are conveyor belts: the airport is gigantic. Alexandra ended up leaving the place to her brother in the stroller to have a good time…. This allowed me to put Arthur back in our travel stroller!

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

We have arrived at our door.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Boarding the A350-900 of Asiana Airlines

The boarding has just begun. There is a very long line for economy class.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Being in business class, we will board quickly.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

And to tell the truth, the Asiana Airlines staff seeing us with our two small children, made us go ahead! Still a little embarrassed of this privilege… but we end up enjoying it!

Alexandra will be the first to board the plane, in a gangway dedicated to passengers travelling on business. The hostess saw him arrive….

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

A very nice moment for Alexandra who ends up being a regular on business class trips!

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Business cabin of the A350-900 of Asiana Airlines

Tonight, we will occupy 3 seats: one on the window side for me and Arthur. Note the space on the side of the window, I was able to put a blanket and a pillow on the ground and make him play in this space (on the other hand he slept on me (or in his sister’s seat…) a good part of the flight)!

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Alexandra and Jean-Maximilien will be in 2 seats in the middle row, known as “Honeymoon”.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Alexandra has already chosen hers between mom and dad!

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

It’s time to take a tour of the “owner”! Here is the seat that Jean-Maximilien will occupy next to Alexandra:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

As in cars, it is a 3-point seat belt. I’ll tell you right now: I hate this type of belts. This is not at all practical, especially when traveling with children with busy hands.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

There is enough room for the feet without them touching:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The electric controls of the chair as well as the remote control.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The Honeymoon configuration is good for couples because the chairs are facing each other…

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

… but if you travel alone, it is possible to assemble the partition. Alexandra demonstrates this to you:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Here is the chair in a 180 degree reclining position. You can see how close the two seats are.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The device still smells new. Everything is impeccable. Here are pictures of the different elements of the seat (note the well positioned electrical outlet):

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

USB and audio ports, reading light, various storage compartments:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Individual lights on the ceiling:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Ring to hang a garment next to the shelf.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Speaking of the shelf, here it is lowered:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

And the welcome kit provided by Asiana Airlines to business class passengers:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Pillows and blankets are also distributed before take-off.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The screen is very large and with a high resolution.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

A multimedia section is dedicated to children… which is not without displeasing Alexandra!

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The remote control is of the latest generation of course:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Our flight tonight: straight ahead!

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

A picture of the cabin: we appreciate the absence of luggage compartments in the middle. It gives a real sense of space! On the other hand, we notice that the colors chosen by Asiana Airlines are not the warmest.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Ready for takeoff, Arthur plays with the comb provided in the kit:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The aircraft doors will be delayed in closing due to passengers requiring medical attention. We prefer to stay in Seoul a few dozen minutes longer than to be diverted to Alaska! The crew will regularly come and serve us with champagne. Alexandra passes the time by keeping her stuffed animals comfortable:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

A short visit to the toilets which all have a changing table.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Asiana Airlines’ long-haul business meal

We take another glass of champagne by consulting the safety documentation of this A350-900. Our flight has just started its first hour of delay. The children are getting impatient and tired 🙁

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The menu of the evening is then distributed to make us wait for the takeoff.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Shortly after takeoff, the service begins with a white tablecloth laid out on our shelves…. and a new glass of champagne.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

As for the previous flight, we “share custody” of the children during the meal. It is not always obvious! I start the meal while Jean-Maximilien manages Alexandra’s:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

We each chose different dishes:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

This view shows that some window seats are more isolated from the corridor than others (and are therefore to be preferred).

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

The flight will go smoothly with very little turbulence. We can sleep for several hours.

When we wake up, a new sweet and sour service is offered to us about 1h30 before our arrival in San Francisco:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

We take a look at the exterior and the famous “winglets” of the A350

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco
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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

And a view of the cabin by day (note the impression of height without the central luggage lockers):

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

We can follow the landing from the 3D model of the screen:

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

We arrive in San Francisco with a mixed weather.

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Asiana Airlines – A350 – Business Class – Seoul – San Francisco

Our flight will finally be 1 hour late.

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Our route OZ212 – ICN-SFO

Bottom line

An excellent flight on Asiana Airlines in a brand new plane. Nothing to complain about as much on the comfort of the cabin as on the service. If you are traveling alone, prefer insulated seats on the window side (mine was on the aisle side). If you are traveling as a couple, the Honeymoon chairs are perfect. There is no bed for babies.

As I said above, the colors chosen for the seats and the cabin in general are likely to “age badly”. Too bad for a few months old plane.

Asiana Airlines is one of the airlines that charges little or no carrier surcharges on Aeroplan. Choose flights on A350 (San Francisco) or A380 (Los Angeles and New York) avoiding B777 (whose business class is not at the level of other companies).

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