CLT – MNL

My round-the-world salsa trip began with the flight to Manila Philippines.  The flights were CLT-ATL, ATL-ICN, and ICN-MNL.  The highlight was the ATL-ICN leg on a Korea Air A380.  All of the flights on this trip are in business class thanks to a rtw ticket purchased through delta with skymiles.

But due to a missed flight out of CLT, I had to take a USair flight from CLT to ATL.   This flight was in coach.  I had an exit row that actually had more legroom than first class.  For the 36-minute flight to ATL, I didn’t miss the first class seat I would have had on  DL.  20150106_102055

The big problem with the US flight was that I had to pick up my checked bag in ATL and check in at Korean Air in ATL.  That meant taking a bus from the domestic terminal to the Terminal F since KE no longer has a check in counter in the d0mestic terminal.  Bummer.  Once it got through all of that and boarded it was all worth it.

ATL-ICN

KE flies daily A380 service from ATL to Seoul (ICN).   I took this flight about one year ago, and a chase vehicle followed the aircraft during the taxi.  The first time I saw no chase vehicles.?????????????????????????????

The upper deck of KE’s A380s is all business class – 94 seats in 2x2x2 configuration.  Even though the space is divided into three cabins, it still has a little bit of a cattle-car feeling.  I also don’t like have someone next to me in business class.  One nice thing about DLs is all business-class seats have direct-aisle access.  I like window seats on international flights but don’t like having to climb over someone  when I get up.   The window seats have a storage compartment between the seat and the window that is handy for setting things down or stowing them away.

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KE provides a nice amenity kit with the personal items you might need to make the flight more comfortable.  Razors and shaving lotion are available in the restrooms.