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Flying CZ On A Long Haul?

Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:58 am

Hi everyone.

Recently I was searching for fares between CGK to MEL and I was really surprised to see the lowest fare involves flying GA to CAN, and continuing on a CZ Airbus A330 to MEL. The two sectors are under the same ticket.

Although it involves a lot of detour, I was just checking if anyone here have ever flown CZ on long-hauls, especially in A330 Economy Class, wondering how did you found the experience?

Also, to those of you who have flown internationally through CAN airport before, how did you found the airport? Was the airport comfortable and convenient enough for transit? Were there decent foods/ Wireless internet in the airport?
Because this trip involves a six hours transfer, which is a long layover between the two flights.

Personally because my schedule is quite tight for this trip I may not do this flight yet, but on my future trips to MEL I would not mind to try this considering I have never flown on CZ. However I would like to hear from anyone in the forum who might have experiences flying CZ beforehand.

Thank you.

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Dirktraveller.
 
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RE: Flying CZ On A Long Haul?

Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:33 am

I flew CZ SIN-CAN-LAX and return on A321, A380, and A320 this December. It was better than I expected, but I also had quite low expectations from previous flights on other mainland carriers.

The planes themselves were fine, crew a bit rude, but acceptable; food departing SIN okay, departing CAN bad, and departing LAX awful. IFE was good on the A380, and didn't exist on the smaller planes.

As for CAN airport, the international wing is small with not much to do. If you clear customs/immigration, there is a bit more, but it is expensive still, not China prices, but airport prices. Of course being mainland China, there were people smoking indoors, etc., despite the airport being nice and modern. 6 hours is kind of an awkward time, too long to be entertained in the airport, too short to go anywhere. If you need a Visa for China, that also may affect your decision; I stopped over for 3 days on my way back, and got a double entry (same cost as single for US citizens), so on my 11 Hour outbound transit, I was able to wander outside immigration at least.
 
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RE: Flying CZ On A Long Haul?

Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:43 pm

I was checking the seat maps of CZ's widebodies on seatguru.com just yesterday. Do they really offer 35'' pitch in economy class on board the 330s?

I would definitely fly CGK-CAN-MEL, since it potentially earns lots of miles  That is if your booking class earns 100%. I've been to CAN airport a few times. It's nice and much more modern than pretty much anything in Europe or USA. Love the Pullman hotel right outside of CAN. Maybe you could book a day room and relax a little there during your stopover? A transit visa could make leaving the airport possible.
 
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RE: Flying CZ On A Long Haul?

Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:44 am

Well, if it counts for anything, Smarter Traveler just named them best long haul product in Asia...

http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-g...ml?id=377&photo=47071&max_photos=7
 
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RE: Flying CZ On A Long Haul?

Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:59 am

Thank you for the suggestions and information everyone. I do appreciate it.

Hi bennator,

Quoting bennator (Reply 1):
The planes themselves were fine, crew a bit rude, but acceptable; food departing SIN okay, departing CAN bad, and departing LAX awful. IFE was good on the A380, and didn't exist on the smaller planes.

I guess I shouldn't hope too much in terms of catering then. I'm aware that CZ has no IFE on their narrowbodies, hence I would prefer the option which CGK-CAN sector is operated by GA 738 instead.

Quoting bennator (Reply 1):
Of course being mainland China, there were people smoking indoors, etc., despite the airport being nice and modern. 6 hours is kind of an awkward time, too long to be entertained in the airport, too short to go anywhere.

I agree, 6 hours would considerably be an awkward timing. But if there are sufficient facilities, i would probably stayed in the airport.

Quoting bennator (Reply 1):
If you need a Visa for China, that also may affect your decision; I stopped over for 3 days on my way back, and got a double entry (same cost as single for US citizens), so on my 11 Hour outbound transit, I was able to wander outside immigration at least.

I have to check if I need a visa for transit, thanks for the reminder. By the way, was there any day tours or maybe any interesting spots to see around CAN if indeed I managed to wander out of immigration??


Hi EricAY05

Quoting EricAY05 (Reply 2):
I was checking the seat maps of CZ's widebodies on seatguru.com just yesterday. Do they really offer 35'' pitch in economy class on board the 330s?

It would be great if they have 35" pitch, although I can't be so sure.

Quoting EricAY05 (Reply 2):
I would definitely fly CGK-CAN-MEL, since it potentially earns lots of miles That is if your booking class earns 100%.

In terms of mileage it would definitely earn a lot more than the normal routings. But I am currently a member of Oneworld, or maybe I should consider making a membership with GA or one of skyteam  
Quoting EricAY05 (Reply 2):
Love the Pullman hotel right outside of CAN. Maybe you could book a day room and relax a little there during your stopover? A transit visa could make leaving the airport possible.

Thanks for the information. I would consider to book myself for a day room, especially with two long flights in between.


Hi Jetsetter629,

Quoting jetsetter629 (Reply 3):
Well, if it counts for anything, Smarter Traveler just named them best long haul product in Asia...

I haven't heard of this yet, now I am even more interested to do the flight.


Regards,
Dirktraveller

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