I have only once taken MU
on a flight from PVG
, in first class, but I know the company quite well on its domestic China schedule (including Hong Kong). So I hope that my comments may help you.
I see that the major Chinese international carriers (CZ, CA
) are making big efforts to upgrade their service, but they are still a very long way from the standard of the "classic" Asian carriers. So you will not have anything nearly as good as CX
For your flight to PVG
, I think you will find that the F/As are very attentive, but that overall comfort and also the choice of food and wine (if that is important to you) are less good than AF
. It may well be that the J cabin is very quiet - more so than with AF
, although in August things may be a bit different. The reason I say this is that typically the P and J cabins between CDG
and China are significantly more busy on AF
than on the Chinese carriers. By contrast, the AF
Y cabin has a huge number of Chinese passengers and vice versa for the Chinese carriers, who carry lots of French tour groups. In other words, those who prefer P and J also prefer AF
(I have quite frequently had Chinese political figures in the P cabin with me on AF
, especially governors of various provinces; this would have politically incorrect at one time, but now there seems to be no problem).
Some words of warning:
-the quality of the English of the F/As can be variable, so speak slowly (sorry to maybe seem a bit arrogant, but it is a small point that can make a difference)
- be sure that you are given all the paperwork to complete before arriving in Shanghai. There are normally 3 documents: health declaration, immigration form and finally customs declaration. Sometimes the crews forget, in my experience, and it is not fun to have to do all this inside the airport.
- overall quality on Chinese carriers is much more variable than with other Asian or European companies, since the implementation of a perfectly standard service is still not there yet. So you could have a very good or a very bad surprise ! For example, I once had 2 crew members of an MU
flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong sleeping, and snoring (!), in the F cabin, just beside me.
Overall, I think it will be a good experience and I hope that you enjoy the flight. If it is your first time to China,I hope that you enjoy it, it is an amazing country.
For your return with AF
, it is indeed a 772, but I don't know if it is one of the refitted planes (I suggest you do a search on the civil aviation forum to find out more). Anyway, I would advise you to already select your seat in the front part of the J cabin. The J cabin on the 777s is split in 2 parts with the kitchen and toilets between, but there are fewer rows in the front part, which makes the ambiance much more comfortable. If it is a 772, these rows are 4 -- 6, on the "old" versions.
Concerning your miles, I am sorry I cannot answer this question.
All this is of course just my own personal ideas, but I hope it helps. If you have any specific questions still, I will of course try to help.