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China Southern SIN-Guangzhou-Xian May 07 (Pics)  
User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 174 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10578 times:

After a short trip to SGN for work, it's now my vactaion trip to China. With some friends we're off to the silk route that will take us to Xian, Urumqi, and Kashgar.

Leg: SIN-Guangzhou (CAN)
Time: 3 hrs 30min
Flight: CZ 354
A/C: A320

Boarding CZ. Don't know the age of the a/c, but the cabin looked tired and warned.

Flight was 70% full, so I moved to the empty emergency row.

Fantastic leg space for EY.

A320 TV monitors showing safety demo.

I have not seen nor used this for the longest time - Airphones.

Take off from SIN

After an hour, late lunch was served. Stir fried flat rice noodles with pork and veg / cabbage salad / tapioca beads dessert / roll and butter. Meal was so, so. One of the misses from SATS Catering.

We arrived on time, but the conecting evening flight from Guangzhou to Xian was cancelled. CZ provided us an overnight stay at their very own China Southern Airlines Hotel in the city with dinner and breakfast.

A/C: 757

The next morning, got the 0820 flight to Xian. A pic of CZ to Chegdu at Guangzhou Baiyun Aiport.

I got the 757 a/c from Guangzhou to Xian. Sorry no pics.
The breakfast was sliced pineapples and cream cake. The hot item consisted of sweet potato puff, sushi and bun with some unidentifiable meat inside. As Xian has a consiberable Muslim population, the meal was Halal. No choice.
I'm not a fussy about airline food. But this is one of the few occasions I didn't eat. Just took a bite of the bun with the unidentifiable meat stuff and that's it (the other time I didn't touch my meal was on PIA from Islamabad).


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User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10533 times:

Rather dreary, I'd say. It's too bad your vacation started off with an unexpected overnight. The airline flights look like something out of the Mao days...

User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10164 times:

Another nice start to another trip report, too bad it started not too interesting for you, But I am sure you will end the trip on a high note!

Waiting eagerly for the rest of the trip! Cheers and keep on writing TR's  Smile

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8732 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10159 times:
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Good report, nice to see another domestic flight in China with pic's.

Quoting SIN7 (Thread starter):
I have not seen nor used this for the longest time - Airphones

- Bit of a blast from the past.

The food portion on the first flight looked pretty good, though the second fligh's meal looked a bit naff.

What was the load like on the 757 flight?

Hopefully you'll post the return report.



User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10159 times:

One of the rare insights into the in-flight happenings of a Chinese carrier. Their meals seem to be something only the Mainlanders can identify with. However, I am interested in the taste though...

By the way, how was the CSA Hotel in Guangzhou?

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User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9882 times:

Apologise for another simple report. Never thought I'd put these up on Airliners. So I have left so many information and details out of my flights.

Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 1):
Rather dreary, I'd say. It's too bad your vacation started off with an unexpected overnight.

I psyched myself not to expect much flying CZ. So, whatever happens I took it in stride and with humor. Luckily I had no hotel reservations or tours made waiting for us in Xian. So the overnight delay didn't disrupt any of our plans. We had a free night stay at Guangzhou and made the full use of it. We had dinner and a little sight-see while that night.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 2):
Another nice start to another trip report, too bad it started not too interesting for you

Thanks, thanks. It was actually an interesting flight of many first on my travels. Forgot to report that the flight departed 1 hour late from STD. The a/c had problems with one of the cargo doors, so we were grounded. My first ever delay over 30 mins on flights. My first flight delay departing from SIN. Throughout my flights before, I was very lucky never to experience any delay for so long. First time my flight was cancelled! Again, I never experienced this before. Because of the delay, my first time claiming travel insurance. My first time getting back at insurance after many years paying for insurance and never had the opportunity to make any claims ha...ha...

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
The food portion on the first flight looked pretty good, though the second fligh's meal looked a bit naff.

You're right. The first was from SATS Catering. It was alright and I finished it. But not one of the best melas SATS catering do. The second meal is from Guangzhou airport. Hmmm, I'm staring at the pics again and I'm having difficulty writing about them . . . As Ryanair stated, only Mainland Chinese can identify them. Sometihng good on the tray, the pineapples and the OJ. I finished the OJ.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
What was the load like on the 757 flight

The flight from Guangzhou to Xian was close to 100%. Highh pax load might be from the cancelled flight the night before.
I had the lousy luck of sitting the middle seat. Kindda difficut to take pics.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
One of the rare insights into the in-flight happenings of a Chinese carrier.

Sigh . . . Never thought I'd be posting. If I did, I'd taken the more pics during service, the F/As and a lots more.
F/A inflight service was basic. But when I smiled and be courteous with the female F/As during meal times and clearing, they were polite. But not the male F/As. Very limited smiles. Just getting the job done. But they were chatty among crew themselves. One positive thing, they don't show the 'I hate my work' attitude towards the pax.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
how was the CSA Hotel in Guangzhou

Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.
It's a 3 star hotel (China hotel rating out of 5). Simple and clean
Bed and sheets were clean. Aircon, TV, shower and toilet all worked. Toilets had all usual complementary toiletaries on the tray. Bath towels were not fluffy. But it was clean. All rooms on the 2nd floor have windows with an awesome sceenery of a mountain facing a lake on wall paper! You don't like the view, you can draw the curtains.
The location is very near the train station. Big shopping malls about 10-15 mins away.
The hotel restuarant that provided the complimentary meals was bad. Service was good, but not the food.
We ordered the dinner, but didn't finish it. We went out to the streets and ate wonderful freshly fried Xinjiang noodles for less than US$1.00 a plate. This small stall had a menu with prices. They didn't charge us tourist price.
If you have to pay to stay at CSA Hotel, go find another better place. If you've got to stay put up by the airline (for transit or delay reason) for just one night, non fussy travellers can make do with it.

Do airlines still provide accomodation when their flights do not have same day connections? I was put up at CKS Airport Hotel when I flew China Airlines. EVA pax were there too. For TG, I could choose a from a few hotels. When I took American, they did not provide any accomodation when my connecting flight was on following day (this was even before 9/11).

User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1803 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9543 times:

Nice trip report, Flown on CZ myself, I feel they are the number 1 airline in terms of service, I have no hesitation recommanding China Southern for those who are considering this airline.

Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9407 times:

Thanks for the insights into CZ.

The last time I flew CZ was way back in 1999 on their 757s. I was on my way from SHA to CAN. The inflight safety video had difficulty starting up, and when it finally did start, the aircraft was already on rotation and lifting off into the sky. No attempt by crew to do safety demonstration manually when the safety video didn't work... no attempts were made to stop passengers from using their mobile phones during taxi or after doors closed as well.

As mentioned by SIN7, no attempted were made to smile, and the male FAs were one of the scuffiest I've ever seen... unshaven facial hair and untidy hairdo...(no it wasn't fashionable to have style your hair in a messy way a la Ryan Seacrest in those days). My meal was also literally thrown at me.

In contrast, China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines and Air China provided much more professional inflight service.

There's always a better way to fly...
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