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First Touch Of China Southern MD82 (31 Pics)  
User currently offlineSutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 115 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 18254 times:

Here is my second trip report. First of all, please forgive for the poor photo quality as my mother took the new camera for her trip, I have to use the old one.

The purposes of this trip is to visit my auntie who lived in Shanghai, try the through train service from Hong Kong to Shanghai and try the new bullet train in China, so I booked my one-way train ticket from Hong Kong to Shanghai and one-way air ticket from Shanghai back to Hong Kong. However, the one-way ticket from Shanghai to Hong Kong is quite expensive (80% of return ticket), so I decided to take the domestic flight from Shanghai to Shenzhen and change the bus backing home.

The train taking me from Hong Kong to Shanghai, "RW" means "soft bed".
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T100, from Hong Kong (Kowloon) to Shanghai.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH02.jpg

My room contains 2 beds, they are soft with good supporting.


A little table and a sofa.


Private toilet in the room.


The restaurant on board.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH06.jpg

Dinner time! There was no seats in the restaurant, the waitress suggest we can eat at our own room.
I have ordered Sweet and Sour Fish, Sichuan styled pork, fried eggs and rice, the taste is fair.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH07.jpg

My room was in coach 10, which contains 8 rooms.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH08.jpg

After 20 Hours, I have arrived Shanghai and my auntie met me at the station.

And the following is my return leg.
While booking through the online booking system, I've found that most of the flight from Shanghai to Shenzhen are operated by B737 or A320, except daily MD82 from China Southern and daily MD90 from China Eastern. So I chose the MD82 which have a better timing and nearer airport for me (as my auntie is living in PuDong District only 5mins away from the Maglev station).

Taking the Maglev to the airport. Max speed is 431km/h.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH09.jpg

China Southern is located in Terminal 2


20 August 2008

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) -- Shenzhen (SZX)
Airline: China Southern
Flight: CZ 6756
Aircraft: MD-82
Registration: B2136
Seat: 25A (Economy)
Gate: C221

My boarding pass, I have checked-in online the day before, so I am the No. 1  cool 
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH16.jpg

Advertising the alcohol at the back of the boarding pass, it seems that containing 68% alcohol.  drunk 
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH17.jpg

The 777-200LR from Canada.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH11.jpg

My favorite A340-600 from Germany, I really want to take a look the lower floor's lavatories.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH12.jpg

The 777-200 from Dubai.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH14.jpg

Huh! Where is my gate C221? I know that I have to take the bus... relieved 
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH13.jpg

The new terminal is quite clean and bright. The people there were watching the Olympics Game - Basketball Men China vs. Lithuania
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH15.jpg

It's time to board!
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After getting off the bus,B2136 is here for boarding, somebody like to touch its nose before boarding.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH18.jpg

I have exchanged the seats with the lady in 25B, so I've got a aisle seat. The legroom is supreme, if QR A346 have 34 inches, I think this MD82 have 35 inches
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH19.jpg

The 2+3 layout is interesting.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH20.jpg

Drink after take-off. It is coconut juice.
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Dinner time!
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH22.jpg

The meal came with bread, fruit, Chinese pickles and apple chips. It is more than enough for a 2 hrs flight.
I chose the beef rice...it was tasteless.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH23.jpg

The lights are so classic.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH24.jpg

Classic again.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH25.jpg

Seat 25A and 25B.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH27.jpg
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH26.jpg

The flight arrived on time at 2100, I went straight to the airport bus station to take the bus to the Shenzhen Bay Port to back to Hong Kong. After the immigration, I was waiting the bus to back home, the journey will takes 35mins.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH28.jpg

Some extra pics:
New bullet trains in Nanjing Station, CRH2 at the front and CRH1 at the back.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH29.jpg

VOLVO B7RLE in Shanghai
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z23/sutrakhk/Flight/Shanghai/SH30.jpg

Comments:
The MD82 is really impressive to me, comparing B737 and A320, it provides better legroom for me. The take-off is powerful, the only minus is its noise. The cabin crew is unexpectedly friendly, they have to work very hard since the flight time is short, but I think they can satisfy the needs for every passengers  bigthumbsup 

Here is the end of my trip report, hope you enjoy!

Sutrakhk

13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineXx787xX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 17173 times:

Great Report i always wondered how the service was on China Southern. I am guessing by the sound of your report that it was good.  Smile

Xx787xX


User currently offlineOneWay From France, joined Mar 2008, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 16966 times:

Nice trip. I think 2+3 is not good for passenger, but you have not the choice.
Florian


User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 16930 times:

Interesting TR. Never been on a Chinese carrier before (CX doesn't really count).

The PVG T2 looks impressive and seems more functional, welcoming and airy compared to T1. Looks like I have to make a trip to Shanghai to check T2 out for myself.


User currently offlineJmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 16903 times:

Thanks for the intresting report. The train looks amazing, and so did the food on it.


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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3235 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16286 times:

I really liked this TR. Thank you. China seems even more interesting after reading it.


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 14792 times:
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Good report, thanks - always enjoy reading domestic flights in China.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1100 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 14593 times:

Very rare and good TR. Thanks!

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7524 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 14403 times:

Thanks for the report Sutrakhk, very interesting. I don't think there are many reports dealing with domestic Chinese flights, so it was good to come across it.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
The 2+3 layout is interesting.



Quoting OneWay (Reply 2):
I think 2+3 is not good for passenger, but you have not the choice.

Well, planes such as the DC-9 and its progeny (MD-80s, MD-90s and Boeing 717s) are too narrow for a typical 3-3 configuration, so the 2-3 configuration is a good idea (and a necessity). In addition, it is actually good for passengers because if you are traveling by yourself or with only one companion, then you can get a seat or seats on the 2-seat side of the aisle. I don't know if it is because of the multiple DC-9s and MD-80s that U.S. and Mexican airlines had (and some still have), but I don't think 2-3 configured planes are weird or bad for the passengers. Just my 2 cents.



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User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2357 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14296 times:
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Great report. Nice to see domestic Chinese airlines serve a hot meal (plus snacks!) on a relatively short flight.

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14215 times:

Hi. An interesting read and pictures! Thanks  Smile


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6652 posts, RR: 78
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13038 times:

Great report, Sutrakhk. I read with special interest after my visit to China last week.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
While booking through the online booking system, I've found that most of the flight from Shanghai to Shenzhen are operated by B737 or A320, except daily MD82 from China Southern and daily MD90 from China Eastern. So I chose the MD82 which have a better timing and nearer airport for me

There are several widebody flights between SHA and SZX. We had booked a Shanghai Airlines 763 flight - but it was switched to a 757 in the end.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
I have exchanged the seats with the lady in 25B, so I've got a aisle seat. The legroom is supreme, if QR A346 have 34 inches, I think this MD82 have 35 inches

Not bad. Can't complain about China Eastern's A333 and Shanghai's 757 either.

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
Drink after take-off. It is coconut juice.

Nice - did you have a choice?

Quoting Sutrakhk (Thread starter):
The meal came with bread, fruit, Chinese pickles and apple chips. It is more than enough for a 2 hrs flight.
I chose the beef rice...it was tasteless.

Yes, the main courses I got were rather tasteless, too. But it's still nice to get a hot meal on such short flights.


PH



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User currently offlineSASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6354 times:
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I love to read your reports! And the MD-82is one of my favourite planes (hence my name!   ). Also I love the A346. I have seen the lower deck lavs on the LH machines. Really wonderful. You avoid long queues like I had with - for instance the KL 772 where all the toilets are spread around the cabin. Beside, also a galley and the crew rest is located at the lower deck.

Quoting Reply 2):
Nice trip. I think 2+3 is not good for passenger, but you have not the choice.

Actually I - and many aviation polls confirm this - much rather prefer an aircraft with a 2-3 (or 2-2) seating configuration compared to a cramped (B737) 3-3 config.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6191 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, nice to see an MD82. Interested in the train pics as well.


Greetings
Marc



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