Imagine… flying first class… on the road.
Beginning this year’s Chuseok holiday in September… those of you in Korea will have the option
of enjoying luxurious first-class service on your bus ride home.
Intrigued? Our Lee Minyoung gives us a sneek preview of what first-class road travel is
all about… as she enjoys one herself. Much larger seats made with luxurious fabrics.
Personal monitors and trays…and soft lighting. These are just a few of the features of a
premium bus service to start operating in September this year, … managed by the Ministry
of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and manufactured jointly by Hyundai Motor and
Kia Motors. As passengers’ needs change from time to time,
we decided to apply such evolving demand and equip buses with upgraded services…. The new luxurious service has fewer seats
and more leg room than regular services enabling a more comfortable journey. “Without worrying about the passenger behind
you, you can sleep comfortably at the push of a button. These reclining seats convert
into flat beds…bending back up to 165 degrees.” The buses will have seats with individual
wide monitors so passengers can watch movies and TV.
Working on the bus while traveling will be easier now as each seat has a foldable table,
a USB port,… and a wireless charger for mobile phones.
Especially, when passengers want to watch a movie through their smartphones…but feel
like the screen is too small…they could use the ‘mirroring service’…which connects
their mobile device with the monitor in front of them. “Given that this luxury bus provides high-quality
service similar to that of a business-class flight,… but at a much cheaper price than
the KTX or domestic flights, it should be an attractive choice for people traveling
long distances.” The luxury bus fare from Seoul to Busan will
cost 44-thousand-400 won or 37 U.S. dollars,..which is 30 percent more than a premium express
bus ticket, but 25 percent cheaper than the high-speed Korea Train Express. For now, these buses only run on two service
routes.. a round trip from Seoul to Busan and Gwangju,…but the transport ministry
is planning to gradually expand the number of the first-class buses and bus routes to
other cities of the country. Lee Minyoung, Arirang News.