it’s 10 am central, or midnight korea/japan time. i’m 9 hours into a flight that’s supposed to be about 13 hours 10 minutes. we’re cruising at 36,000 feet at a speed of 552 mph and are over the pacific ocean off the coast of russia (just east and a little south of the sea of okhotsk).

so far it has been the most pleasant flight i’ve ever been taken. i’m flying business class, so right off things were pretty awesome. there is no first class on this flight, so we were the second to board after the handicapped and folks with small children. the seats are wonderfully comfortable. they have a very complicated control panel to allow you to customize the chair in all sorts of ways. they even lay almost completely flat. the best part, however, is the leg room. having a seat that stretches almost completely out flat requires quite a bit of room, so when the seat is in normal upright seat mode there is about two and a half feet between my knees and the seat in front of me. it’s quite a welcomed change from coach!

about half an hour after we took off flight attendants came around with menus for a “heavy snack”, which really was more like light supper. they had a couple of western-style options and a korean bibimbap. being on a flight to korea i saw no reason not to go with the korean food, so ordered that. it came out on real dishes (not paper or plastic), metal flatware (even metal chopsticks), and a few small sides. after the snack they brought out a fruit plate and dessert wine. the food was great, nothing like what is stereotypical of airline food.

during and continuing on after supper they had the dilemma with vince vaughn and kevin james playing. the one thing i’ve got to knock asiana on is the in-flight entertainment system. every seat (in business class, at least) has its own personal monitor and controls, but it looks like they have 10 vcrs playing 10 different programs in a loop. sure, you get to change the channel between the available programs, but they don’t start and stop on demand and you are limited to just a few choices. and i am pretty sure they are vcrs, too. the picture quality and goofy tracking artifacts make it look like the programs are on vhs. i thought ahead enough to rip a bunch of my dvds and put them on my laptop, but unfortunately the sound card in my laptop isn’t very loud and it’s very hard to hear the movies i try to play over the airplane sounds.

after supper and the dilemma (around 6 pm korea/japan) they turned down the cabin lights. i was pretty tired so i stretched out my seat and slept on-and-off for about six hours, which brings us to now. no matter how awesome the seats are they just don’t compare to a real bed. so i’m now in a position where i’m still tired and i know i should sleep more if i can to help me adjust to the change in timezone, but i’m not tired enough to sleep in an airplane seat. oh well. i guess i’ll just lay back and listen to some music.