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I flew on Korean Air's giant Boeing 747 in economy from Seoul to New York. The big plane made the 13-hour trek much easier than expected.

  • Five-star carrier Korean Air is one of the last operators of the mammoth Boeing 747-8i jumbo jet.
  • Korean’s plane can fit up to 368 people, with a majority of passengers riding in economy.
  • I recently rode the airline in economy to New York and the comfort made the 13-hour journey more bearable.

The last airline to receive the iconic Boeing 747-8i passenger jet was Korean Air. 

And, unlike other carriers who ditched the Queen of the Skies during the pandemic, the Seoul-based airline still maintains a fleet of nine strong. 

The 747s are famously equipped with four engines and an upper deck, the latter housing Korean’s spacious Prestige business class

However, a majority of passengers will be seated in one of the jumbo’s 314 economy seats situated on the first level — and, fortunately, they’re pretty nice. 

I recently flew from Seoul to New York on Korean’s legendary 747 to see how the 13-hour trek would be in coach. Here’s what it was like.


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