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In January, I took a work flight from Seoul to Hong Kong on Korean Air in Business Class. The flight was an evening flight, clocking in at a little under 4 hours, and operated by a Boeing 777-300. I have also reviewed my other Korean Air Business Class flights. This particular flight featured a 3 cabin configuration, with 8 enclosed suites in First Class, 56 seats in Prestige Class (Korean Air’s term for Business Class), and 227 economy class seats.

For this flight, I sat in seat 15H, which was the last row of the business class cabin. Korean Air has a 2-3-2 configuration for business class on this plane, which would not be my first choice normally. The seat was 20.6 inches wide and had a 74-inch pitch. The seat could also recline into a lie-flat bed, although that would mean that your seatmate would have to jump across you to get to the aisle! Luckily, I did not have a seatmate next to me for this flight.

The flight was quite packed and took a while to board before taking off. My seat had a pillow and a new wrapped blanket, but no amenity kit as this was a relatively short flight. The seat had decently comfortable cushioning. On the left armrest, there are the controls to adjust the seat, while on the right side there was a remote to control the personal entertainment system.

The right armrest had 2 round cup holders for both seats. The food tray is slid out from under the right armrest side, while a reading light is also located on the upper side of the right armrest. Underneath the reading light, there are a few USB power sockets and a tiny divider which is more for aesthetics than function.

In the front of me is the 15.4 inches TV. Next to it is a small slot for the magazines, and under it is another pouch where they put the noise cancelling earphones, dinner menus and safety cards.

Shortly after takeoff, the meal service began. My table was set up for me quickly while the flight attendant took my order. As I was not very hungry, having eaten a bit in the lounge, I ordered the roasted chicken with potatoes to nibble on. I also had some very delicious Korean cheesecake flavoured ice cream.

After the meal, I reclined the seat to the full flat mode to rest. I watched movies through the end of the flight on the personal entertainment system, which had a decent selection of English and Korean movies and television series.

Shortly before the flight was going to land, I went to the bathroom. As the flight did not give out amenity kits, there were some items in the bathroom instead, such as Jurlique moisturizing cream, shaving kit, mouthwash and a toothbrush kit. Come to think of it, this is probably the first time I saw a shaving kit in the bathroom actually.

The flight landed safely in Hong Kong, and I went on my way. Overall, I would say that the flight was comfortable and solid. The services on board were good, and the flight attendants were cheerful. Nonetheless, a 2-3-2 configuration is definitely not my first choice when it comes to Business Class.

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This review was thanks to Lenard Lim.