Review: Asiana Airlines London Heathrow to Seoul Incheon on B777-200ER

Flight: Asiana Airlines OZ 522

Departure airport: London Heathrow (LHR)

Arrival airport: Seoul Incheon (ICN)

Aircraft: B777-200ER (On Check My Trip it showed as -300ER although the plane was actually a -200ER. Asiana uses 77W as the abbreviation for their 777-200ER fitted with First Class Suites)

Date: 14th October 2016

ETD: 2050hr

This is my first time flying with Asiana B777-200ER. ย Since I have managed to re-qualify my BA Executive Gold (oneworld Emerald) this year, I was toying with the idea of qualifying for StarAlliance Gold via Aegean Airlines with only 24000 Tier Miles (+4 Aegean Airlines flights). This is the easiest way to get gold for StarAlliance as other airlines would ask between 40000-50000 tier miles for it. I am already a StarAlliance Gold for this year through status matching with Avianca Brazil but that will run out in March 2017.

Check In: I arrived at about 1700hr at Heathrow Terminal 2 via Heathrow Central Bus Station. I took the National Express bus from Gatwick Airport and the journey took me about an hour. There was no queue at the Business Class check-in desk, so it only took me about 5 mins to check my luggage in straight through to HNL. The agent told me that there might be a delay of 30mins due to the late arrival of the aircraft. After I cleared security, I made my way to the Singapore Airlines Lounge and then on to United Airlines Lounge (which was recommended by the agent, the one I should use). I will review these 2 lounges later.

Boarding: Boarding time was at about 2020hr and there was a separate line for the premium class passengers. I was directed to my seat by the stewardess (seat 5A).

The seat: The seat is called Smartium,ย 180-degrees reclining bed-type seat.ย The staggered direct aisle lie-flat seat is equipped with USB, power outlet, foldable arm & small storage space for your shoes. This is very similar to the hard product offered by Iberia.

Seat 6A
Staggered direct aisle seats
Small cubby hole for your shoes/ottoman


USB, headphone and electrical sockets


The flight: We left Heathrow at 2119hr and the journey to ICN took approximately 11hrs. The dinner order was taken after the seat belt sign was switched off. I chose the Western meal for my dinner as below:


I opted for the tenderloin steak which was superb, cooked to my liking.

Gravlax with mixed greens
Red pepper soup
Beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce
Cheese with biscuits and rye bread, and a glass of port.



I managed to sleep for about 7hrs, only to be woken up by the stewardess taking orders for breakfast/snack. I chose the porridge as I was still quite full from dinner. I didn’t get the time to watch any movies as I was really tired after all that travelling straight after work.


The clean up was done about an hour before landing.

Arrival: I arrived at ICN at 1604hr local time. I made my way to the transit area and headed straight for the Asiana Business Class Lounge. My next connecting flight was at 2020hr, so I have plenty of time to mooch around.

Verdict: I would definitely fly with Asiana again and I really enjoyed the flight. The staff/stewardesses were very pleasant and willing to help. They were polite and approachable and I don’t have any qualms why they voted 5-star airlines by Skytrax.

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