Review: OZ ICN-MNL Business

Date: Friday June 30
Flight: 703
Aircraft: A350-900
Origin: ICN
Destination: MNL
Seat: 6A Business
Scheduled Push Back: 7:50 PM
Actual Push Back: 8:20 PM

As soon as I landed from SFO I had a text that my flight was delayed. At least Asiana is proactive. I headed to the gate a bit early since the Asiana business class lounge, which is open to priority pass, was packed.

Boarding started late at 7:52 PM when the gate agents yelled in Korean what I assume meant line up as that is what people did. Boarding was chaotic just like any United flight. Long lines forming into the airport waiting to board.

I boarded through door 1L and went to my seat, 6A. There was a pillow and blanket on the seat. As standard in Asian aircraft there are no air vents and the cabin was uncomfortably warm. The seat seems to be an updated version of their 777-200.

Asiana A350 Business
Asiana A350 Business Seat

To my right was updated seat controls and an entertainment remote and a USB port right above that. Below the entertainment controls was a 120V outlet as well.

Asiana A350 Entertainment Control
Asiana A350 USB

The seat had a large foot well and storage space underneath.

Asiana A350 Footwell
A flight attendant came over to introduce her self and let me know the flight would be a little over three and a half hours. Flight attendants then distributed Philippines immigration cards and pens. This was followed by a orange juice and water service then hot towels.

Menu’s were distributed with two western choices and a Korean choice. I went with the Korea choice again.

Asiana Inta Asia Menu 1
Asiana Inta Asia Menu 2
The appetizer was brought out wich was a buckwheat pancake roll.

Asiana Buckwheat Pancake Roll
Next up was the main course, Korean Ssambap.

Asiana Korean Ssambap
This flight had WiFi installed but it wasn’t available on today’s flight.

Survey Says

For and intra Asia route the use of a newly configured A350 was surprising. Typically you don’t see lie flat seats on these routes, but angled flat seats. However, my only basis was flying a few intra Asia ANA fights which all had their regional config.