JROTTO
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Domestic Air Travel In China

Wed May 16, 2007 12:43 am

I am going on a tour of China next month and will be flying China Eastern Airlines (Flight 5714), Shanghai Airlines (Flight 9452) and Dragon Air (Flight 803), is there a website (other other location) where i can figure out on what kind of equipment i will be flying?

Cheers.
 
lxlgu
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Wed May 16, 2007 12:57 am

Hi JROTTO

KA 803 SHANGHAI HONG KONG is a 330

FM 9542 LIJIANG KUNMING SHANGHAI is a 737 -would be a 700 or 800 series

MU 5714 BEIJING KUNMING LIJIANG is at 737-either 700 or 800 series-although they also have 300 and 500
but not usually this route

Enjoy!

Cheers
Tony
 
Xkorpyoh
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Wed May 16, 2007 3:00 am

and be prepared for the push and run in the boarding process.. everybody seem to rush inside the plane without any order or respect for others.. just he way it was when i was there a few years ago flying domestic.
 
cchan
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Wed May 16, 2007 7:16 pm

Some year ago, I flew KA from BJS to HKG. There was a couple who got on the A330 with an economy class boarding pass, and just sat down on the business class seats. It took the cabin crew quite a bit of time to get these people to get up and move to their allocated seats in economy. This couple either don't understand there is seat allocation, or had decided to completely ignore it. Worst of all, they had bad attitude.
 
JROTTO
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Thu May 17, 2007 4:07 am

 laughing 

Thanks for the advice! Now I am a bit nervous.

J
 
Mcmax
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Thu May 17, 2007 2:19 pm

It's not that bad. Yes, while there is a general rush to board the aircraft, it is not as third-world as it seems. There isn't a whole of lot of queueing, so be prepared. But, most people don't seem to drag as much as they can on board either, so there isn't a large fight for overhead space. The cabin attendants are pretty decent (with the exception perhaps of the MU ones), and the planes are relatively clean (again, with the exception perhaps of the MU planes).

All in all, it's not as uncivilized as it seems. Have a safe flight!

--Max
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sqb7e
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Thu May 17, 2007 2:22 pm

Hi

I flew KA late last year and found them to be fantastic, crew were professional and the aircraft were clean. I flew on an a320 and a330 and the a330 is miles better.

Enjoy your trip
 
je89_w
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Thu May 17, 2007 3:07 pm

Yeah, it isn't too bad. The good thing about domestic air travel in China is that they offer hotmeals on flights unlike many airlines in the US. I've had good experiences with food, but I've seen photos (airlinemeals.net?) of some pretty horrible meals served on domestic flights within China.

China continues to receive new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. The older planes are being retired as well, so don't be surprised to hop on a brand new Boeing 737!  Smile
 
tennis69
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Thu May 17, 2007 8:04 pm

I spent 2.5 years working in China and made 82 domestic round trips, some for business and others for pleasure. Never had a bad experience. All announcements in the terminal and on the plane are made in Chinese and English and most of the airport employees speak English also, even in the very remote parts of the country (which you are not visiting). As far as them jumping the queue; don't stand around and let them push you when boarding the plane, push back. They will respect you for that.

The best part (better than the food and it is good) about flying in China is that the flight attendants are much better looking than in the US.
 
icarus75
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Fri May 18, 2007 1:20 am

Quoting Xkorpyoh (Reply 2):
and be prepared for the push and run in the boarding process.. everybody seem to rush inside the plane without any order or respect for others

Same thing upon arrival!!!
I remember back in May 2004, MU flight from HKG to CTU : I was in the middle of the plane and I saw people standing in the aisle while the plane was not parked yet!!!! What a rush when the doors were open!  Wink
Flying is amazing!
 
Rivet42
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RE: Domestic Air Travel In China

Fri May 18, 2007 9:58 am

The website I usually try for aircraft types (as well as general timetable info) is Amadeus (yes, the reservation system) - their public portal is www.amadeus.net and can also show which flights are still available, which can be useful for non-rev travel... Also has loads of other useful stuff.
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