I was quite sceptic about they quality until I got on the seat. WOW. Once you are in the aircraft, you can only notice the high quality that only North Korean engineers could bring. Kim has done his job! 5 star!
Some people joke about north korea's airline on review sites, but this is going to be an honest and true review:
I thought, for an isolated country, the flight was wonderful. The FAs could speak pretty good English, were friendly, and the flight itself was very comfortable. I flew KUL-FNJ.
I took a round trip of Beijing to Pyongyang - Il-62 and Tu-154 aircraft - and the experience was, to say the least, memorable. As I was sat quite far back in the Il-62, it was right next to the engines, and I'll never forget the feeling of impending dread and doom as we descended down to Sunan Airport. We landed safely. The food was satisfactory, with chicken, curry beef with rice, some melon-esque vegetable, bread, and dessert. Seats were nice but it was slightly cramped. The luggage space was limited and there was no cover to prevent it from falling off. There were North Korean magazines and a North Korean newspaper (Pyongyang Daily) up for grabs too, on a meal cart. The return to Beijing was on the Tu-154 : sitting a few rows behind Business class, the flight was very comfortable. We did feel hungrier this time as there was no food service, coupled with delays, hovering over Beijing due to busy traffic at the Airport.
Round trip PEK-FNJ. Very exciting in an old, Russian aircraft. Flight short but enjoyable. Meal was served PEK-FNJ. Was looking forward to meal on my return trip, but none was served, sadly. Attendants friendly but they don't interact. Small seats with uncomfortable legroom, but for a 1-hour journey, it was fine. Safety not their main concern, and bags in the overhead compartments fall off easily (no cover).