Travel Date: February 2016
Travel Itinerary: From Incheon (ICN) to Ho Chi Minh (SGN) and from Hanoi (HAN) to Incheon (ICN)
The last time I flew with Asiana Airlines was in 2011 when I was coming to Korea for the first time, and I had the fondest memories of it. So when I was searching for flights for Vietnam, and it came up as one of the cheaper options, I jumped at the chance to fly with them again. After all, maybe my good experience was just in my head. It was the first time I had flown totally by myself. Maybe I was just too excited.
Nope, Asiana was just as amazing as I remembered it.
We had a bigger plane to HCM, and it was a three-four-three seating in economy. The smaller plane from Hanoi was three-three. I didn’t feel squished! Plenty of leg and table space (lookin’ at you American and United with your crappy updates), and sitting by the window didn’t feel remotely claustrophobic.
Warm and comfortable. It was a little warmer on the flight back to Incheon, but with my fan on I was totally fine. Plus they give you a pillow and blanket both ways. If you tend to get cold in airplanes, you’ll love the temperature in Asiana.
Excellent as expected from Korea-based companies. The stewardesses were pleasant and good at coming around regularly.
The selection was small, but it had some pretty recent entertainment as well as a lot of options from different countries. They also had a music section, so if you like K-pop, there were plenty of new songs there. I watched The Martian on the way there and The Intern on the way back.
I was honestly expecting peanuts and maybe water for these flights since they were only five and a half and four hours respectively. However, I was pleasantly surprised with a full meal both times: chicken and rice, bread and butter, a salad, and a dessert. Nothing overly fancy, but hey we even got silverware!
If you can’t tell I was totally charmed by Asiana, yet again. It’s just such a pleasant experience, and it really puts my former flights (United and American) to shame. Everything was perfect. I never felt uncomfortable, and I arrived calm and happy instead of sweaty and annoyed. Can I just fly Asiana all the time?
Words and Photographs by Samantha