FranxSIN From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 32 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13691 times:
This is a brief trip report on ra ecent travel on China Southern Airlines from Singapore to China.
Dep 0800 Arr 1150 (Landed 20 min late)
Flight left on time. Hot meal was served on board but I declined as I was still full with breakfast. There was limited inflight entertainment with only a Chinese clip screened on drop down LCD panels.
Some cabin shots
Touched down slightly late at Guangzhou airport.
Photo of plane taken after disembarkation at Guangzhou.
Our baggage was tagged all the way to our domestic destination but we had to pick it up and clear customs before rechecking them onto the domestic flight at the transfer counter just after custom checks.
Dep 1450 Arr 1615
Guangzhou airport departure hall, airside
Cabin view taken during boarding
Flight left and landed on time. Only nuts and drinks were served.
Taken after arrival at Guiyang airport
The two characters are Gui Yang in Chinese
Dep 1425 Arr 1550 (Delayed to Dep 1555 Arr 1720)
View of Gui Yang airport departure hall, airside
Our plane landed late from Guangzhou and being readied to fly us back to Guangzhou
Boarding began about 25 minutes after scheduled departure time. Doors were closed shortly. However, an announcement soon came to say that we could not take off due to bad weather at Guangzhou airport. Refreshments were served while we were all seated inside the plane.
Some cabin shots
We landed at Guangzhou airport uneventfully about 1 hr 30 mins after our scheduled arrival time. We needed to pick up our bags before checking them in again for our final international flight.
Dep 1910 Arr 2305 (Delayed to Dep 1940 Arr 2320)
We reached the check-in counters about 1 hr 15 mins before departure. Flight was full and could not seat all of us together. We did not have much time to shop inside the airport. As we approached the gate, we heard loud noises as the roof of the airport was hit hard by very heavy rain.
We boarded the aircraft. Doors were closed just before scheduled departure time. Again, an announcement came to say that we could not depart due to bad weather. A while later, the crew decided to serve dinner and refreshments while waiting for traffic clearance to take-off.
As the passengers were being served dinner, the aircraft started its push-back. I suppose the crew did not expect that to happen. They quickly continued with the meal service and then asked passengers to return the trays to them quickly. Many people just gobbled down the food I suppose. I also rushed through the meal.
As the aircraft reached the runway, the crew was still collecting the trays. Somehow, they managed to stow away everything. The aircraft started to accelerate and one of them ran back to her seat before belting up.
After take-off, drink service began. The crew was generous with the drinks and were nice and polite. I suppose they felt bad about the rushed dinner service.
During the flight, they came round once or twice with a drink service.
We landed in Singapore about 15 minutes behind schedule despite the initial 30-minute delay.
This was my first time travelling with CZ. They are not too bad for the relatively short flight time. The international flights offered more seat pitch than the domestic ones. The A321's are also quite new and nice to fly in. In terms of service, I would say that they are alright. I would fly with them again the next time.
Phileet92 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13589 times:
wow thats quite interesting that they served dinner on the ground. too bad you got one of the A321s i would think they might have used a 772 or A330 for an international route like SIN. Thanks for sharing. i dont think ive seen a CZ report on a.net before so thanks!
- Pretty good, something other carriers could learn from.
Quoting FranxSIN (Thread starter): A while later, the crew decided to serve dinner and refreshments while waiting for traffic clearance to take-off.
- Really?? - Not a good idea unless you know how long the delay is.
Quoting FranxSIN (Thread starter): As the passengers were being served dinner, the aircraft started its push-back. I suppose the crew did not expect that to happen. They quickly continued with the meal service and then asked passengers to return the trays to them quickly. Many people just gobbled down the food I suppose. I also rushed through the meal.
- See above!
Despite the rushed meal serivce, CZ come across as flyable.
The flights were quite full in economy on SIN-CAN-SIN as well as the CAN-KWE sectors. The KWE-CAN flight appeared to be about 80% full in economy.
Till late May, CZ operated a twice daily service between SIN and CAN. However, they have since reduced it to once daily, which perhaps explains the full flights. I was to fly on one of the cancelled flights, departing CAN in the morning but had to change it to the evening flight subsequently.
Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 1): too bad you got one of the A321s i would think they might have used a 772 or A330 for an international route like SIN.
You are right. I would have preferred a wide body aircraft but the A321s are quite new and comfortable to fly in. We had relatively smooth flights with them. I would also consider the seat pitch to be good.
I don't think CZ ever operated wide bodies to SIN. On this route, SQ operates 10 B772s per week while its LCC, Tiger Airways operates 7 A320s per week. There is fairly enough capacity on this route, I would think.
Nicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12852 times:
Great trip report. It's seldom we have one on a Chinese carrier (CX doesn't count)
Quoting FranxSIN (Reply 4): I don't think CZ ever operated wide bodies to SIN. On this route, SQ operates 10 B772s per week while its LCC, Tiger Airways operates 7 A320s per week. There is fairly enough capacity on this route, I would think.
CZ used to operate 767s to SIN in the 1990s. CZ 777s operated to SIN as CX flights in 2001.
Coolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12721 times:
Last time I had a 3 hour delay inside the aircraft in Guangzhou due to bad weather and we were served a meal while we are still on ground (suppose to leave at 9pm and arrive at 7pm). They wouldn't let anyone out of the plane and the plane did not get to Los Angeles till 9pm, which is about 2 hours behind the schedule.