Last week, Korean Air debuted its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and nine more are set to be delivered this year. But that’s not the big surprise. The interesting (and slightly odd) feature was the decision to place the same exact seat design in first class as in business class. Yes, you read that right—the seats in both cabins are the same!
The only major contrast between the two is the service, the size of the entertainment screen, and exclusivity in each cabin. Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail.
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Korean Air’s first class cabin does give you a bit more of a private and exclusive feeling since there are only six sets in first class set in a 2-2-2 configuration. The seats are fully flat, measuring 21-inches wide (a bit narrower than most first class seats on international flights).
Luckily, each one has direct aisle access and comes equipped with a privacy screen that you can roll up or down, in case you want to completely close yourself off from your neighbor.
The entertainment screen measures 23-inches, which is considerably larger than business class (which we’ll get into in a bit).
And one of the major differences that Korean Air boasts between the two-class difference is the service. A spokesperson for the airline said, “Our passengers pay for the service, which ours is very exclusive”. Of course, that also means the dining experience, where you’ll be able to eat award-winning cuisines with choices from Western, Chinese, Japanese and traditional Korean menus. Plus, you can sip on finer alcoholic beverages, including Perrier-Jouet Champagne.
There’s another great perk of being in first class on Korean Air—you get to wear comfortable and luxurious pajamas, designed by world-famous designer Gianfranco Ferre. A great addition to make your entire trip even more comfortable.
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The business class cabin will seem a bit more compact than first with less exclusivity. The 787 Dreamliner installed three rows totaling eighteen sets, set in a 2-2-2 configuration.
The LCD touch screen measures 15.4-inches wide, but it’s still large enough to keep yourself entertained for the number of hours you’re flying, without having to squint.
There’s even the same adjustable privacy screen in business class that there is in first, which you don’t see often in other business class cabins on other airlines.
Some less noticeable differences between first and business are that business class seems to have shorter window seats, and the area for you to get in and out (if you do have a window seat) is a bit more cramped.
If you ask us, you’re probably better off flying business on Korean Air’s new 787 Dreamliner, especially since your seat and amenities are practically the same!