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China Eastern Airlines Xian-Urumqi (pics)  
User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9381 times:

Leg: Xian - Urumqi
A/C: B737
Flight time: About 2.30 hrs to 3 hrs.

This is my next flight leg getting to western China.
After two sector on China Southern (CZ), I was looking forward to be on China Eastern (MU).
If there are news that SQ is trying to get some stake in MU, guess the service might not be too bad. So I had my expectations that this should be better than CZ.

As SQ772 mentioned earlier, China Eastern is better. Yep, I agree.
The FAs are much more diligent and friendly. Most importantly more professional and show a certain pride welcoming pax on board and helping them stow away their hand carried stuff. Oh boy, you can't imagine what the locals brought onboard. When i was there, it was lychee season. So people where lugging baskets and boxes of not only lychees but oranges and peaches too. Other pax were helpful too assisting others with those fruits. If live chickens or ducks can be permitted onboard, I have no doubt these would be in the cabin too.


The B737 that will take me to Urumqi. Catering truck loading meals.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/1MUXian.jpg


Drinks and nuts were served first. FA served drinks with a small tray to reach pax at the window seat. This is the same as SQ, MH and most airlines inflight service. Hot drinks are served in paper cups. Cold in plastic. On CZ hot or cold bev were in plastic cups!

After drinks, meals were served. Again with drinks.

The male FA was working behind. Don't know how his service to pax were. But the female FAs were very polite. Well done for a domestic sector.

Urumqi in Xianjiang has about 80% Muslims. So all meals o/b were Muslim meals. I got the fish and noodles. The fish tasted odd (not that it's not fresh, can't really describe it). Anyways, the noodles was surprising good. Very simple but tasty. If caterer add in some reds and greens, it would look yummy too. Can't remember what the other choice was.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/2MUMeal.jpg

A view over some desert
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/3MUEngines.jpg

My seat. If you strain your eyes, you see a Chinese motif design.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/4Museat.jpg

Wing and engine
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/5MUWing.jpg

Was a bright day. Can you see the reflection of the fuselage on the engine.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/6Fusalgereflection.jpg

Approaching Urumqi Airport
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/7AppUrumqi.jpg

Urumqi Airport. Was on transit for 3 hours for my next flight. Modern and clean.
Level 3 - VIP rooms, restaurants and a local fast food.
Level 2 - Check-in counter and departure gates
Level 1 - Arrival
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/8Urumqi.jpg

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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9291 times:

Quoting SIN7 (Thread starter):
On CZ hot or cold bev were in plastic cups!

How dumb... How to hold the damn cup of hot coffee??

Quoting SIN7 (Thread starter):
I got the fish and noodles. The fish tasted odd (not that it's not fresh, can't really describe it).

Probably the preservatives that went into the freeze-dried process that helps stores airline food perhaps? Additionally, fish behaves funny with altitude so sometimes they tend to taste funny too. Other times, it dries up a tad too much. Hey, at least it is better than that crap you had on the CZ fight!

Anyway back to MU, I have caught a glimpse of their crew in Changi and I have to say they are one of the better groomed ones. If only they could remove that ugly scarf bundled into a flower at the neck, it looks very passe...

CZ looked like those employees at a theme park with their childish looking Auntie-blue outfits. I have actually bumped into them eating a buffet still in their uniforms at Amara hotel! They were undoing bits of their uniform as they were eating because they were obviously tired. But I mean... C'mon man, this is you company uniform, you do not disfigure it like that in public! Aiyo... Imagine if this was SQ...



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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8992 times:
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Nice report. I was also quite pleased with MU when I flew them a few weeks ago.

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8863 times:
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Good report and photo's, most enjoyable.

Interesting to note MU service seems better than CZ, I thought they were on a par.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8798 times:

I heard Urumqi is a really disgusting and dirty place, is this true? Any pics of Urumqi?

I heard it's the city in the world that is furthest away from any body of water, more inland than any other city.



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User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8603 times:

Very interesting. I have always wanted to visit Urumqi. Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineDeguoren From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8480 times:

Nice TR, did you go to URC for business? What was you final destination?

Flying around 30 to 40 times a year in China on Chinese carriers I have come to the conclusion: Never fly with MU - so I am quite surprised that you rate MU better than CZ. Especially on short flights, MU does not serve anything but soft drinks, CZ has (usually) full meal service, or at least that "snack box". I also think MU's f/a are the most unfriendly ones in whole China. However, I might give MU another try in a few weeks...
If you have the chance try HU 's 767 - all have PTVs also on domestic fligthts!

[Edited 2007-07-08 11:56:58]

User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8425 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
Interesting to note MU service seems better than CZ, I thought they were on a par.

I dont know about the others but after flying CZ and MU on a few domestic sectors myself, I prefer CZ . Others may not agree with me.

The MU services that I flew on (733 and 738) were terrible, the cabin crews were non-existance but CZ was a lot better, they served you with dignity and pride (738 3 flights) and that makes me choose CZ over MU.

However I rate MU higher than CA . Hopefully my next trip to China, I like to try other airlines like Shanghai , Hainan ..etc .

[Edited 2007-07-08 13:46:17]


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User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8323 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
MU, I have caught a glimpse of their crew in Changi and I have to say they are one of the better groomed ones. If only they could remove that ugly scarf

You're sharp. Their uniform look smart. They have little red Chinese style buttons too. Mainland Chinese fashion seem to have a fetish for scarves. I've seen it use for uniforms at banks, receptionist, hotels and even at one supermarket!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
CZ looked like those employees at a theme park with their childish looking Auntie-blue outfits. I have actually bumped into them eating a buffet still in their uniforms at Amara hotel!

Hmmm, Amara Hotel seem to house Chinese carriers crew there. Does MU stays there? I saw CA crew members there sometime ago at dinner too. Ha, ha . . . CZ skirt pattern and material does look cheap. Yep, the ones we can find at our HBD fashion houses.

Quoting Deguoren (Reply 6):
Nice TR, did you go to URC for business? What was you final destination?

Was on vacation. Final destination was Kashgar. I was on transit at URC for almost 3 hours!

Quoting Deguoren (Reply 6):
I am quite surprised that you rate MU better than CZ.



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
Interesting to note MU service seems better than CZ, I thought they were on a par.



Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 7):
I dont know about the others but after flying CZ and MU on a few domestic sectors myself, I prefer CZ .

On this particular Xian-Urumqi flight I found MU better than CZ. However, on my other flight Xian-Guangzhou, I felt MU and CZ service was the about the same. Nothing special. Typical China domestic. Personally I agree with Deguoren, MU and CZ are about on par. I guess it's our luck which FAs are on duty. The good ones really makes the difference. I guess pax load affect their level of service too. Get a full load, almost everyone on duty is gonna be a bit grumpy.

Quoting Deguoren (Reply 6):
If you have the chance try HU 's 767 - all have PTVs also on domestic fligths!

I was trying hard to book on it when I was there. But their flight schedule just didn't fit mine. So I had to settle on MU and CZ. Wanted to try CA too. Well, maybe next time.

Quoting UALDUDE (Reply 5):
I have always wanted to visit Urumqi

It's an interesting place. Travel to Kashgar from there. Do make the trip one day ya.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 4):
Urumqi is a really disgusting and dirty place, is this true?

Urumqi's very modern with freeways and office skyscrapers. Typical Chinese city on the rush to build up.
City streets and roads are wide and congested with traffic.
Like any city, there are dirty areas and the not too bad areas.
Can't compare European city standards. But it's almost like any any up and coming Asian city.

Coming from a city myself, I was not interested to shot any pics of the city. Anyways, I got a shot of a cultural dance in front of a office block.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/UrumqiDance.jpg

About 2 hours drive from Urumqi is Heavenly Lake. Beautiful place. However, it has become a big tourist attraction with souvenir stores, restaurants. Oh it's crowded with lots of locals too. But a walk further way from the crowds, the view is awesome. No one would guess the lake pics was in China (save for the lady with the umbrella and the tour leader with a flag - only happens with Asian tour groups being herded around like sheep). It sure fits to some place in Europe or NZ.

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z150/SIN7_photos/Heavenlylake.jpg


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8256 times:

Urumqi looks great. I've also seen numerous pictures/scenes on TV of Jiu Zai Gou, and badly want to visit this place.
I heard it's not easy getting to that location. Any idea how one could get to JZG from the nearest cities of Beijing or Guangzhou?



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8083 times:

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 9):
Urumqi looks great. I've also seen numerous pictures/scenes on TV of Jiu Zai Gou

My friend just got back from JZG. He flew into Chengdu and made his way from there.



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8001 times:

I love out of the way TR's on local airlines, have sat in HKG a couple of times and wondered what it is like to fly Chinese Domestic...not too bad by the looks of it.

User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7735 times:

Thanks for the report. I took a few flights on MU a couple of years ago (search for my TR to Shangri-la if interested) and was fairly impressed overall. I'm far more impressed by that photo of Urmqi airport!!! I'm surprised to see such an isolated outpost has such a big, modern terminal!

User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7692 times:

China's airports are really looking good.

Another nice TR from you, keep up the good work. !


User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7431 times:

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 8):

About 2 hours drive from Urumqi is Heavenly Lake. Beautiful place.

It definitely looks like it! Wow  Smile

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
C'mon man, this is you company uniform, you do not disfigure it like that in public! Aiyo... Imagine if this was SQ...

Well, that could be a treat for us..  Wink

Anyway, pleased to see you had a good time.. and thanks for the interesting report. There are so many surprises in China.. beautiful places, incredibly modern cities etc.. amazing!



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