AY 051 HEL - PEK
28/11/2001 dep. 17.25 arr. 07.10
seat 22 C
I got to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport with my mother one hour before our departure to Beijing, quickly checked-in and met our travel companions before heading off to passport control. I had a few beers before boarding and was in a quite happy mood when boarding started.
Our MD-11 was still in the old colours, but had the new economy seat in the mid-section. I had seat 22C which probably is one of the best seat in economy as it doesnt have a seat in front. It is the second row of economy and the configuration on the first row is 2-4-2 and on row 22 it start going 3-4-2. It was extremly spacious and no one was sitting next to me so I was very happy and snagged the water bottle from that seat aswell. Boarding was kinda slow, but we still took off ontime. After take-off we were handed our "Flight Program", explaining the service on the flight and the menu.
After we got our Flight Program, the purser brought me and my mother champagne as we knew her
) the FA´s started the drinks service soon afterwards, i got my normal gin&tonic and white wine(choice of french and spanish). The meal itself was okay and consisted of a salad of somesort, sweet and sour chicken with rice, bread and a piece of chocolate cake. The suprisin part was that they actually managed to make the chicken taste like chicken, instead of the usual tastless rubber they tend to call chicken.
During the meal one of the movies started. I have no idea what it was...the 2nd movie was charlies angels. As we ate, the FA´s constantly walked the aisles with red and white wine and water, so the was definatly no lack of drinks. Thats what i like about Finnair, they really keep the drinks flowing
As everyone was finished with dinner, trays were collected and at the same time cognac was offered with coffee...or well...tea. They did a few more coffee/tea /cognac runs before they rolled out the tax free cart and soon after yet another drink cart. The cabin Lights were dimmed as most of the people were sleeping. During the flight, a "movie Snack" was offered in the rear galley. it was set up in buffet style offering soup, fruit, chocolate bars, drinks and i think finger sandwiches...or atleast i heard rumours that there were sandwiches at somepoint, i personally never saw them. The drinks part consisted of Icetea, water and juices - other beverages were available from the FA´s. During the flight the FA´s didnt came around with drinks as often as the used to mayby because the individual water bottles at every seat and the "legendary" movie snack.
As morning greeted us, our "morning coffee with a roll" was served mayby 45 minutes before landing to Beijing. It consisted of orange juice, coffee or tea and a...roll. one small roll with ham and pickles. it was good though, but hardly a breakfast. well no one ever said it was breakfast. silly me. After about 7.5 hours of flight we landed at sunny Beijing.
Immigration in Beijing was a breeze and our bags were almost the first the come. After having to show the taxi how to drive to the hotel (we drove past it 3 times and he just didnt get it that that was it), we finally got there, 25 minutes after our tarvel companions...
AY 052 PEK - HEL
04/12/2001 dep. 12.20 arr.15.05
seat 41 C
After an exhausting shopping trip and 40 kilos of more luggage, we got our selves to Capital airport an hour before departure. I got seat 41C with 41A (woohoo, an extra water bottle for me!) open, again one of the best seats in economy, unlimited legroom as it is an exit row. The only downside, the old seats. My mother and the rest were on row 32.
Boarding was perfomed at a very leisurly pace, no hurries at all...we were greeted yet again, by an FA we knew, and as she was sitting opposite of me during take off we passed the time talking about hotels and shopping in Beijing. oh joy. No but honestly she was very nice, and got me champagne from busines class
After take off the "Flight Program" was handed out, and it followed the same formula as the flight to Beijing. Actually the whole flight followed the same schedule...
Anyway, drinks were served, followed up by dinner ; somesort of a salad again, chinese style chicken (delicious) with noodles, and some cake again. Again there was no shortage of wine or drinks during the meal service. Afterwards the tax free cart, and then another round of drinks. Two totally unintresting movies were shown, so i just read my magazines almost the entire flight of circa 8 hours.
At one point I visited the buffet in the rear gally, but again the sadwiches were nowhere to be seen. Lucky for me the FA i knew got me some from business class. woohoo! Before landing we were served, yet another roll with drinks and tea and coffee. I asked for a mimosa and did get one.(from business class.oh joy)
Landing was well as usual, the plane well...landed. Passport control was a breeze, customs though. was not. they decided to search through everything...mayby since we had so much stuff. Well they didnt find anythng and we were free to leave after 10 minutes of searching.
All in all two very pleasant flights with Finnair