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Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:05 am

Introduction

Hello, everyone, welcome back and this time I'm continuing on a recent trip to China. It seems nicer to just instead report this rather than just completely make a long one to read :roll: .

Anyway we just returned from the amazing hospitality from Xi'an, Shaanxi and believe it or not ready to go home (I'm so homesick and longing to be home, but sad that I will leave the amazing city that never sleeps :| )

After the situations we dealt with at SZX and XIY just before, we decided to instead not fly domestically and take a 4 hour high speed train ride to the Shenzhen North Station. The ticket was roughly RMB235.9 which is about $35US or €30 which is pretty much less than half of the actual cost of flying there and plus, no delays since the tracks will only be occupied by us! :rotfl:

G2313 (High Speed) Nanning East Station to Shenzhen North Station
August 13th, 2017

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View from the waiting area of Nanning East Station

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Ticket check for our train

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My seat on the train

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Insanely nice legroom for a 4 hour ride

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Power ports available

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View outside in either Guangxi or Guangdong

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Inside the carriage

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Sorta fast for us (it hit 310 a couple times)

Right before 16:00 we arrived at Shenzhen North Station

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Station signage

Afterwards we looked for the subway to get to the airport, which took 2 hours, correct 2 hours to get there. You can see how large the city is.

Afterwards we went into the airport to hopefully find our hotel ride, which took a bit but eventually we got there.

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We stayed at the "Ling Hang" (not joking either) Hotel overnight and had some local dinner at the beside restaurant with a Cantonese taste.

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Awesome fish tank with some exotic fish

August 14th

MF845
SZX-SEA
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
B-2769
Depart: 12:55 (13:15)
Arrive: 10:25 (9:48)
Duration: 12:30 (11:33)
Seat: 45E

Once inside we had the same exact protocol at XIY following the Australian airport incident

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We headed over to the check with a small queue going on and the plane not yet inbound from XMN.

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Afterwards we quickly sped though Immigration and Security and out to our gate it was

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Odd looking "pants" thingy pumping out air at SZX

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Amazing looking airport

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Birds inside the terminal (birbs for the meme-y people)

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Our bird today parked at Gate 3: B-2769

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Crew arriving for the flight

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ZH (Shenzhen) 738 to NRT

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SilkAir 738 to SIN

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KE A333 inbound from ICN at Gate 1

At around 12:00 boarding sort of began with XMN transfer passengers going on in first. We stood in queue for about 15 minutes until it started moving during "official" boarding time. There was secondary screening but we weren't selected :cool2: )

On board the usual, I was stuck to a middle seat once again :hissyfit:, but well I had two windows seats inbound to XIY and outbound.

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Legroom was still pretty generous at 32 to 33 inches (78 to 81 cm) despite a 17 (43cm) inch wide seat for 11.5 hours

Seat pocket contents

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The usual plus some socks and C'estbon bottled water

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Menu, same as last time, the typos mainly omitted.

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Meal choices on the left side, on the right the inbound from SEA

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Drink List

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IFE, active even on the ground with a USB port and remote and coat hook

At 12:56 we pushed back just only a minute behind schedule and awaited taxi for a short period of time before taking off at 13:15 only 20 minutes behind schedule

After 40 minutes into the air a drink and snack service began with mixed nuts and dried fruits, which my mixed nuts exploded while trying to open it, so it was a bit tough to eat
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Snack and drink service

Afterwards the meal service began with a choice of Braised Pork with Rice, Extra thin noodles and Ginger Duck, or Fried Rice with Chicken Wings. I chose the latter with a delightful finish.

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The meal was outstanding tasting very home cooked and filling, and the wings refreshing, tender and flavorful, also tasting like on the ground (likely thanks to the 787's lower altitude and humidity)

The meal was served with a shark fin jelly salad, taro salad, dragonfruit with grape tomatoes and bread

Afterwards I lounged out with the IFE and tried getting some rest, although unfortunately I couldn't fall asleep.

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Crossing the International Date Line

At Midnight Beijing Time they announced they would serve dinner with much of the flight to go and the choices of: Stewed Noodles with Eggs, tomatoes and sausages or Xiamen style Braised Tilapia with rice. I again chose the latter.

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The sides were a bitter melon salad, cantaloupe, chocolate cake and pretzel bread

The meal was very nice and filling with a nice tasty and flaky tilapia and nice steamed vegetables. The sides were also superb.

A few hours later a dried meat floss sandwich with cuttlefish sauce was served in an air filled bag, which was also tasty:

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Towards the end of the flight the lights were turned back on and custom cards were passed out, and we had to ask for an English version as we were fluent (and for me native) speakers. We didn't know that since we were citizens we did not need to actually complete the form but instead we just needed to fill out the custom's machine's form

We then were on decent and at 9:48 we gently touched down in Seattle.

Quickly we were parked at Gate S6 and quickly we headed through Passport Control as citizens and then our bags took a while to find since we checked in rather early. Then at customs we made no declarations and handed the officers the slips from the machine and off we were to connect with our next flight in 8 hours to Boise, and do mandatory security to reenter the normal area.

We sat down at a local table and had some Asian Style Takeout:


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Conclusion

XiamenAir provides an excellent economy product, hard and soft product as well. The crew however this time happened to not be as nice as the previous flight I took with them, but I do understand the measures of safety after the incident in Australia and once again they were attentive. The food was again above and beyond most airlines I've flown, despite I hoped that the SZX catering would be better than SEA's but was underwhelmed by some of the quality, so it met my expectations. The IFE which I didn't touch much in the report was again mediocre, although it again was buggy, and that I spent many hours in 45H which had a malfunctioning IFE, this time with some better options. Overall they were a cheap option ($600US round trip!) and definitely at a 5 star SKYTRAX level, despite the poor English skills and a very basic domestic experience. I would without a doubt fly them again and recommend them to others.

I hope you guys enjoyed the report, and if you need more to read I'll have it on me some more things:

June 2015- BOI-SEA-PVG-NNG: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1366129&p=19615947#p19615947
July 2015- NNG-PVG-LAX-BOI: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1372557&p=19785787#p19785787

July 2017- BOI-SEA-SZX-NNG: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1377991
August 2017- NNG-XIY Part 1: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1379515&p=19980033#p19980033
Part 2: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1381965&p=20045355#p20045355
XIY-NNG - viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1383769
SZX-SEA: Here
SEA-BOI: More to come soon!

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Re: Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:08 pm

Thanks for sharing this one! This one certainly quashes quite a few doubts I had of Xiamen Air.
They kept you pretty well fed it would seem! They did fantastic there.
Pity about the middle seat though. :(

Looking forward to SEA-BOI!
 
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Re: Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:54 pm

Nice trip report. Wow they really feed you a lot in Y. The seat pitch looked pretty desent as well.
 
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Re: Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:15 am

DDR wrote:
Nice trip report. Wow they really feed you a lot in Y. The seat pitch looked pretty desent as well.


Thanks!

They really aren't as bad as the reviews online state. In general the complaints are about their base at XMN but in terms of services besides English they are at a 5 star level. I hope my experience echos when you try them
 
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Re: Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:32 am

I have to ask, what is meat floss sandwich? That is an interesting name.
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Re: Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:24 pm

cwa2toa wrote:
I have to ask, what is meat floss sandwich? That is an interesting name.
Thanks!

Meat floss is a sort of dry flaky meat commonly found in baked goods. In chinese I've known it as Rou Song which means Loose Meat Roughly and its pretty good
 
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Re: Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:48 am

Forgive me - what was the Australian airport incident?
 
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Re: Long and Skinny on the Egret Carrier: XiamenAir SZX-SEA

Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:30 pm

smi0006 wrote:
Forgive me - what was the Australian airport incident?


Pretty much this incident: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Aust ... _bomb_plot

I remember it had to do with an airport in Australia (Sydney), and it was pretty largely covered back when I was there and so when we were in XIY, they held us for a brief moment before check-in in light of that event.

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