My trip report
Date : 1-10-2003 ( National day week for China)
Flight : CA1502
Destination : Beijing
Origin : Shanghai Hongtiao Airport
Time of departure : 1130
Aircraft schedule : B777-200
Actual Aircraft : B777-200
Registration number: B-2068
Seat number : 30A
Gate : 15
Duration : 1 hr 40 mins
Note : NO PTVs , 2-5-2 configuration
Runway used : 18
(Cruising) : 370)
Load : 95 %
On the national day’s morning , I woke up pretty early to ensure that I won’t be caught in any jams as that is what Shanghai or other cities are famous for. I reached to the airport around 0850 and was too early for check in but I decided to try my luck to check in and to my surprise , I managed to….. got myself a window seat (30A) not too bad. My father warned me that landing in Beijing is very bumpy and so therefore I didn’t get a back row because I feel uncomfortable at times with turbulence.
This flight has 3 significant factors for me . First , my first ride on Air China , secondly , my first time riding on a PW
-powered 777 and lastly I am flying on a 777 on a domestic route for my first time . I was feeling quite excited about it. My boss wanted to book me on China Eastern A300 and luckily he changed his mind last minute and book me on CA
I did quite a bit of plane spotting before heading towards to my aircraft. These was what I saw , Air China B747-400 (B-2472), China Xinjiang B757-200, Xiamen Airlines B737-700, China Eastern A320 , B733, MD
-90 , A319 , 2 AN
–24 , China Eastern’s 737-200 ( I was surprise to see this plane , I didn’t know they still operate the –200s, Did they take over another smaller company? ) Shanghai Airlines B757 , China Southern B737-500 , Air china B777-200 (B-2068) and Air China B737-600 ( Wonder where this plane came from) .
Anyway , I come to my point … I boarded onto the plane, greeted with smiles by the cabin crews. That was not a bad start I thought. Sitting just behind the 3 emergency door from the front. I looked around admiring the Air China’s interior. The seats are quite crampy but I dealt with it well….. I feel sorry for those who are sitting in the middle seat ( 5 seats ) . Anyway , once pushed back commerce , engine was quickly started. I heard a funny whining sound from the engine and a sudden vibration as the plane was being pushed back. I thought the engine was going to stall or something. As the airport was not busy , our plane took off immediately after a “Babybus” 319 just took off pass us while we were taxing to the runway. Our take off was very bumpy with a little drops but that was just the beginning.
As the cabin crews were given the signal to start their work, the turbulence got worse and the whole plane was shaking…. In addition , the take off noise of the PW
engine is very noisy… I still prefer flying on RR
powered 777 definitely. Entertainment system? There is no PTV and you have no choice but to watch what the airline has for you , pretty no interest to me …. They were showing some documentaries…. Anyway , I tuned into the radio, I heard some familiar English songs which I enjoyed very much….. luckily there was music..
Meals was served , we had a choice of Chicken or Beef . I choose Chicken . Frankly speaking , I didn’t eat very well because of the frequent turbulence that never seems to die away. After the meal ,I tried to sleep but I just come because the plane kept tossing us ( passengers ) around and drops ( I hate it ) quite a few times.
The worst part is when the plane started to decent . People began to grasp ( including me ) because the way the plane was made to decent was quite steep and as usually a lot of heavy turbulence . Thinking to myself , I thought it will get better after being cleared of the clouds , ohh boy , I was so wrong about that ….the plane shook worse and with drops despite being in low attitute… I saw some of the cabin crew’s faces and they too felt uncomfortable …
The plane landed very hard onto Beijing’s runway… It was definitely the worse landing on a 777 , no doubt about that . Many Chinese around me were complaining to themselves… The way this pilot flew this plane is like flying a fighter jet… The way the planes maneuvers during flight and landing is terrible . ( One of the wrost for me ).
Reaching to the gate of Beijing , people around me were standing up and getting their stuffs. I overheard one of their conversations … “ Next time don’t seat at the back “ . I guess almost all the people were glad that they have finally reached Beijing. My purpose for my Beijing is to visit the places of interest like the great wall of China and “GuGong” palace. Anyway, I managed to take some shots of AC
’s 777’ cabin . (Thank you ) . Hope to pasts them up here later .
Thanks for reading my report.
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