After flying inbound to Osaka on Cathay Pacific, I would be flying back to the United States on Korean Air via Seoul Incheon. I was surprised that First Class would even be offered on the Osaka – Seoul route since the flight is about 90 minutes, but the A330-200 Korean Air aircraft does indeed have a First Class cabin.
I took the airport express train from Osaka Namba station to Osaka Kansai International airport (KIX). This was really convenient because the hotel I was staying at was connected to Namba. The train stops a few times along the way and takes about 40 minutes.
It was a really easy walk from the train stop at Kansai to the departures hall. I was a bit early, having arrived over 2 hours before my flight. There was no queue for First Class and I had my boarding passes in about a minute. I was invited to the Korean Air lounge, which is actually before security and immigration. I proceeded down one level to the lounge. It was almost empty when I arrived.
When I presented my boarding pass the person at the desk asked if I was a Skyteam Elite passenger, which I thought odd since I was flying on a first class ticket. I replied that I am (Delta Gold) but I don’t have my card with me. I then stated that my ticket is booked in first class. The agent proceeded to type on the computer, presumably looking at my reservation, and then invited me in the lounge.