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China Southern Los Angeles Airport First Class Check-In
Korean Air Lounge Los Angeles Airport
China Southern A380 First Class Los Angeles to Guangzhou
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China Southern Lounge Guangzhou Airport
China Southern A330 First Class Guangzhou to Tokyo Narita
Korean Air Lounge Tokyo Narita Airport
Korean Air 777 First Class Tokyo Narita to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air First Class Lounge Seoul Incheon
Korean Air A380 First Class Seoul Incheon to Los Angeles
Upon deplaning I headed towards transit security, where there was a lengthy queue. Since my inbound flight from Tokyo Narita was late and there were lots of passengers with short connections, they were all allowed to cut the queue, which was understandable.
Within about 15 minutes I cleared security and headed towards the Korean Air First Class Lounge.
The first class lounge is located in the central part of the terminal, just past the immigration checkpoint. So it was just a very short walk from the transit security checkpoint.
The lounge is located on the upper level, near the transit hotel and some other lounges.
The First Class Lounge can be accessed via a walkway which takes you above the concourse of the terminal.
At the entrance I was welcomed by a friendly agent along with a fairly large A380 model — neat!
As a point of reference, my previous first class lounge experience at Seoul Incheon has been with the Asiana First Class Lounge. While it’s not a spectacular lounge by any means, it’s spacious and private, given that it’s a large lounge and Asiana only has a few flights featuring a first class cabin. So I was curious to see how the Korean Air Lounge compared.
Well, the Korean Air Lounge was substantially bigger, with plenty of seating. It features tons of seating and really had more of a business class lounge feel to it than anything. Also, while it was far from crowded, it did feel much busier than the Asiana First Class Lounge, which I’ve never seen occupied by more than a handful of people or so.
The lounge had a sparsely furnished TV/dining room… I’m not sure which it was meant to be.
In addition to tons of lounge seating there was also a small room with three massage chairs.
The lounge did boast some pretty awesome views of the tarmac, with good views of the runway in the background.
Having hotels cater airline lounges seems to be the new “thing” lately. For example, the Cathay Pacific Wing in Hong Kong is catered by the Peninsula Hotel. The Korean Air First Class Lounge, on the other hand, is catered by the Hyatt Regency Incheon. Hmm…
In terms of the lounge’s catering, they had a cooler with Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Let me take that a step further — they had Haagen-Dazs macadamia nut ice cream, which is quite possibly the most delicious 10.6 ounces on earth. So as far as I’m concerned they get a perfect score on catering for that alone. 😉
In all honesty, the food spread was good but not amazing. There was a decent selection, though nothing “first class” about it.
In terms of cold options they had fruit, veggies, cheese, finger sandwiches, sweets, and salad.
They also had a handful of hot dishes which looked edible, though I was saving my appetite for the flight.
Then there was a cappuccino and espresso machine, fridge with soft drinks, and a self serve bar with wine and booze.
At around 2:15PM I decided to leave the lounge and make the five minute walk to gate 10, where my flight to Los Angeles would be departing from.
I was like a kid in a candy store when I saw the Korean Air A380 whale jet waiting at the gate!
I’m always amused by how many gate agents the average flight seems to have in Asia. I mean, the picture below speaks for itself, I think.
At around 2:30PM boarding began, starting with first class.
Anyway, as far as the Korean Air First Class Lounge goes, it felt more like a nice business class lounge than a first class lounge. It lacked any special amenities, an amazing food selection, servers, etc. It certainly can’t even begin to compete with the Air France First Class Lounge Paris, Emirates A380 First Class Lounge in Dubai, Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt, or Thai Airways First Class Lounge & Spa in Bangkok. But it certainly wasn’t a bad lounge either…