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Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:04 pm

Hello dear A.Netters, welcome to latest installment in my quest to travel on the China Southern A380, at that time the newest carrier to add this super jumbo to it’s fast growing fleet.



Here are the travel details so far on this trip:-

Asia Travels 2012 - Part 1 - ANA 787! (by ba319-131 Apr 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Asia Travels 2012 - Part 2 - ANA NRT-PVG (by ba319-131 May 5 2012 in Trip Reports)

Following a later night than planned in the bar, the alarm went of at 6, much earlier than I needed but I figured get up and start spotting.

The views from my room were pretty good, once the light improved later in the day, you could get some decent spotting done from here.

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The hotel shuttle bus back to the airport was packed, so much so that a number of us had to stand, no matter, must have been only 5 minutes if that from the hotel to the terminal.

There are now two terminals here at PVG, just shows how much air travel has grown in China since my last visit some eight years ago, back then the original terminal building was sufficient.

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Poor quality shot of the airlines and terminal operations

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T1

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T2

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Possibly decent views for spotting if in the right room?

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Lot’s of Chevy advertising here

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Couple of shots outside terminal 1, a very cold wind blowing this morning, it was nice to get inside.

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Not a great view from the drop off area

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25-02-2012
MU5129
PVG-PEK
A320-200 B-6716
Seat 7A First Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 115th A320 Flight flight (1st flight on a Chinese assembled A320)
Sch Dep 09:20 Sch Arr 11:45
Act Dep 09:36 Arr 11:27



Feeling quite happy about getting back on an A300 after so many years,I decided to splash out and upgrade to First class, this was easily done after a short wait in line at the domestic ticketing desk. During the wait numerous people cut the line to ask the service staff questions, quite a lack of etiquette, but nothing unusual in China from my experience.

The dedicated First and Business class check-in counters were just around the corner from the domestic ticketing desk, there is a chap at the entrance checking your credentials to see if you are entitled to check-in here.

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Whilst waiting in line, a chap decided to cut in front of me, rather rude I thought, then when it was his ‘turn’ to proceed forward to check-in, he walked off, not sure what he was doing, anyway, I checked in without issues in a few moments, on the desk top there were electronic seat maps, I gave no thought to the 3-3 layout shown on the screen……. given my boarding pass along with a lounge invitation.

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I took a few pictures of the terminal before proceeding through security.

FIDS

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Note to spotters, the only spotting areas are through glass at the sides of the terminal, these can also be seen from the outside as seen in my pictures above, though it can get very cold out there.

Security was painless, moments later I was airside.

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Traffic was slow at this time, after noting down a few registrations I headed to the lounge, taking a few pictures en-route.

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Interestingly the lounge is accessed via a boarding gate, seems a little odd - the lounge is at the bottom on the right as you go down the escalator.

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Looking up from where I had come

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Greeted at the lounge by two lounge agents and upon asking was advised that boarding class were made in the lounge, quite good since I'd not seen signs for gate 204 – I later discovered that it was a remote stand.

This particular lounge, MU has others here too, is a small affair, lacks any views, I don't think the others do either, but it has a small selection of snacks and drinks, quite adequate for a short wait, there was actually more food here than yesterday's UA lounge in NRT.

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A bit early for a beer, well at least for me.....

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Coffee is best this morning, actually ok too.

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The airport has free wifi so I logged in and checked a few e-mails, they quickly build up when you are not online all the time, tried to log onto FB too but it would not load, had the same problem in the hotel the previous night.

Boarding was called at 08:45, I enquired at the desk as to where to proceed, she advised to wait a moment, they told me to follow her colleague who would lead us, there were a few other passengers also on this flight, to the gate.

Off we go to find gate 204….

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Interesting lounge

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We were led to gate 12 where we went down the jetway

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our escort tore the stub off our boarding passes then directed us outside and down the stairs on the jetway, at the bottom of the stairs a minibus was awaiting out arrival.

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Once we were all aboard we had a short ride

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before stopping for some other either JCL or elite status passengers, once they were aboard we set of on a ramp tour to our aircraft.

Shots en-route.

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This short ride was great, I furiously wrote down every registration I could, hence the lack of pictures, I'll check them off on my cheat sheet so see what I need later.

I could see 2 China Eastern A300's on the remote stands, we drove past one and continued towards the other before passing that too, hmm not good, ok and past a company A340 without steps so not that, bugger, we pulled up next to an A320, what a disappointment, I felt really miffed.

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To fill you in, I only flew into PVG to get on this particular flight as it was operated by an A300, I could have flown direct NRT-PEK on NH and saved the hotel and flight cost, oh well, crap happens from time to time.

Boarding passes were checked at the bottom of the steps, by now the economy bus had pulled up so there was a fair bit of pushing and shoving as people tried to get to the steps.

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Greeted at the door by two smiling female FA's, one quite pretty, I headed towards my seat, I actually passed it in error, not before feeling robbed about the A300 and the upgrade I had paid for was now giving me an economy seat, then I quickly realised economy started with row 30, looking to my right, the last row of business, two rows in a 2-2 layout, is in fact row 7, ah, got it!

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Legroom shot

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Each First class seat has a pillow and blanket along with a set of slippers, I'm sure the latter will end up in my bag....

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View outside from my seat

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During boarding hot towels were distributed along with a pre departure drink, a choice of water, OJ or a mixed juice drink, I took the latter as it looked more like a cocktail! - quite nice it was too.

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Newspaper including an English language one were offered but I declined.

Passengers still boarding, this is a full flight today!

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Forward cabin view

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View across the cabin

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Last passengers boarded and the front door was closed at 09:17, pushed off stand 7 minutes later with the safety demo playing, and repeated afterwards this time in English.

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Orders for drinks and breakfast were taken during taxi, choice was a shrimp dumpling thing or pork in a sauce with noodles, I opted for the latter and sparkling water, a bit early for the hard stuff.

A relatively short taxi, passing a maintenance area, several Jade Cargo 747-400's in storage along with various other planes, note the SAS 737, a former CA machine.

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Short wait for a landing Shanghai Airlines MD-11 freighter then rolled into the active and motored down the runway, passing the cargo terminal on the left.

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Wheels up at 09:36.

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China Eastern reading material

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One of the FA's soon handed out drinks, my sparkling water turned out to be soda water, I don't recall having had that before.

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View outside

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Soon after the drinks, thick linens were laid on tray tables and meals delivered, not a bad first impression.

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The cutlery was decent quality, the cutlery had a nice weight about it, I think the spoon might not see another inflight service……

The fruit was fresh but the meat, supposedly pork, was quite fatty, I had to cut a fair bit off it, apart from that it was quite tasty, thought there should have been salt and pepper on the tray.

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After my tray had been cleared I asked for a green tea, I took another later too, whilst this was being delivered the FA also advised me we would be arriving early at 11:30.

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I spent the remainder of the flight putting this together along with drinking tea and looking out the window.

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Not much to see outside really, quite smoggy below, whilst you could just about see main roads and some buildings, the views were quite poor.

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Bathroom shot

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This was quite a bumpy flight, there were several occasions where the seal belt sign went back on and people requested to return to their seats.

As we approached the Beijing area the visibility increased dramatically, such that I could actually see clearly.

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Descent had well and truly started, I’d been so transfixed to looking outside I’d not really been paying attention!

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Wheel’s down early @ 11:27 on runway 01 – passing AY & LH as we vacate the runway

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Not an everyday sight

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Pulling onto stand

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One last look at my machine as I head into Terminal 2.

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All in all I enjoyed my flight with China Eastern, a real shame the A300 got downgraded to an A320, but on the flip side it was at least assembled in China.

I'd like to try out MU on a longhaul in JCL one day to see how they perform on a longer flight.

I have a day and a half spotting here before the main reason for the trip, the China Southern A380, that report is up next but not until August now, more flying and another TR to join the backlog.

I hope you have enjoyed this quick trip, feel free to drop and comments or ask any questions.

Cheers Mark – AKA BA319131
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:28 pm

Mark,

before sleeping this one pops on top of the list, so why not giving it priority now I'm here also.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Not a great view from the drop off area

At least they collect the rubbish, not everywhere they do in China

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
(1st flight on a Chinese assembled A320)

So, how did that feel?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
This particular lounge, MU has others here too, is a small affair, lacks any views, I don't think the others do either, but it has a small selection of snacks and drinks, quite adequate for a short wait, there was actually more food here than yesterday's UA lounge in NRT.

Not difficult to score higher ranking when battling against UA. Some nice drink and light snack/fruit usually does fine for me and keeps me busy in those lounges  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
A bit early for a beer, well at least for me.....

Like P. would say, it's always beer o' clock somewhere, and since you're a British citizen, why not?  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I could see 2 China Eastern A300's on the remote stands, we drove past one and continued towards the other before passing that too, hmm not good, ok and past a company A340 without steps so not that, bugger, we pulled up next to an A320, what a disappointment, I felt really miffed.

Ouch, that hurts. Far from home for something special, and then playing a loosing game  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I could have flown direct NRT-PEK on NH and saved the hotel and flight cost, oh well, crap happens from time to time.

At least you could do some more spotting, which is always good for you

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I think the spoon might not see another inflight service……

Haha... as so many spoons had the same faith I encountered with them during flights. So, how does 'she' feel to serve at high-tea?  

Mark, lovely report, and MU does a great job, on the ground, friendly crews, informative, priority boarding and dedicated bus. I'm positively surprised.

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:58 pm

Nice to see another Chinese report Mark!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
There are now two terminals here at PVG, just shows how much air travel has grown in China since my last visit some eight years ago, back then the original terminal building was sufficient.

I'm shocked that PEK has risen from #30 of the World's busiest airports when I first came to China in 2003, to #2 last year...crazy growth!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Lot’s of Chevy advertising here

Ha, China is the promised land. Most Chinese have no idea about reputations of Western companies, so all sorts advertise over there. I saw loads of ads in Shanghai for "Roewe" cars, aparently a "major" UK car maker!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Feeling quite happy about getting back on an A300 after so many years,I decided to splash out and upgrade to First class

There are some nice upgrade deals in China. I can remember choosing an MU 330 over an identically timed/priced CZ A300....doh!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Interestingly the lounge is accessed via a boarding gate, seems a little odd - the lounge is at the bottom on the right as you go down the escalator.

I remember flying SK C PVG-CPH back in 2004 and using those downstairs lounges - was about a 5 metre walk to the gate

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The airport has free wifi so I logged in and checked a few e-mails, they quickly build up when you are not online all the time, tried to log onto FB too but it would not load, had the same problem in the hotel the previous night.

FB is blocked in China - you need to use a proxy.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
One of the FA's soon handed out drinks, my sparkling water turned out to be soda water, I don't recall having had that before.

You got Schwepps!!! Air China serve Watson's water
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:51 pm

Great Report

Pretty cool you got to fly a Chinese built A320, id imagine it wouldnt feel much different to any other A320. Thanks for sharing
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:58 pm

Nice report, Mark!

A shame about you not getting on the A300! MU looks okay, food looks fine, nothing too special, but a nice way to fly from PVG-PEK.

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:17 am

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the enjoyable read. We don't get too many reports about Chinese airlines on the forum.

Disappointing to hear that you weren't able to catch a A300. I guess a Chinese built A320 is a small compromise. Service on MU didn't look too bad, they could definitely do worse on a relatively short leg like PVG-PEK.

Looking forward to the CZ A380 report!

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:52 am

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
before sleeping this one pops on top of the list, so why not giving it priority now I'm here also

- Well that's very kind of you to stay up Eric  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
At least they collect the rubbish, not everywhere they do in China

- That's a very good point!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
(1st flight on a Chinese assembled A320)

So, how did that feel?

- No different really  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Not difficult to score higher ranking when battling against UA

- True!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Like P. would say, it's always beer o' clock somewhere, and since you're a British citizen, why not

- Well I know P would have and normally I would have but it was just a tad too early for my liking.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I could see 2 China Eastern A300's on the remote stands, we drove past one and continued towards the other before passing that too, hmm not good, ok and past a company A340 without steps so not that, bugger, we pulled up next to an A320, what a disappointment, I felt really miffed.

Ouch, that hurts. Far from home for something special, and then playing a loosing game

- Ouch indeed  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I could have flown direct NRT-PEK on NH and saved the hotel and flight cost, oh well, crap happens from time to time.

At least you could do some more spotting, which is always good for you

- That is true though I would have liked to have made a few more to make it feel more worth it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Mark, lovely report, and MU does a great job, on the ground, friendly crews, informative, priority boarding and dedicated bus. I'm positively surprised.

- I was too, got off the plane feeling quite relaxed, so mush have been a good flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Nice to see another Chinese report Mark!

- Cheers Gabs  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
There are now two terminals here at PVG, just shows how much air travel has grown in China since my last visit some eight years ago, back then the original terminal building was sufficient.

I'm shocked that PEK has risen from #30 of the World's busiest airports when I first came to China in 2003, to #2 last year...crazy growth!

- I know, it's amazing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Lot’s of Chevy advertising here

Ha, China is the promised land. Most Chinese have no idea about reputations of Western companies, so all sorts advertise over there. I saw loads of ads in Shanghai for "Roewe" cars, aparently a "major" UK car maker!

- Never saw that myself. is that perhaps a bad transaltion of Rover? - I saw a few odd looking Rover's whilst I was there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
There are some nice upgrade deals in China. I can remember choosing an MU 330 over an identically timed/priced CZ A300....doh!

- Hmm, looking back........

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
FB is blocked in China - you need to use a proxy.

- I thought that might be the issue.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
One of the FA's soon handed out drinks, my sparkling water turned out to be soda water, I don't recall having had that before.

You got Schwepps!!! Air China serve Watson's water

- Is Schwepps better than Watson's? - I assume so as I've never heard of the latter.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 3):
Pretty cool you got to fly a Chinese built A320, id imagine it wouldnt feel much different to any other A320.

- I never even noticed until I check the reg, so no different.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
A shame about you not getting on the A300!

- I know  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
MU looks okay, food looks fine, nothing too special, but a nice way to fly from PVG-PEK.

- Indeed, nothing special as you say, but not a bad way to spend a few hours in the air.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 5):
Thanks for the enjoyable read

- No worries, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 5):
We don't get too many reports about Chinese airlines on the forum

- I know, odd given the huge number of visitors to China and the vast number of airlines there.

Cheers

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:23 am

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the trip report - really enjoyed it and reminded me of lots of my travels within China.

I think the "main" carriers provide a great service within China. Quite often superior to their long-haul services IMO.

Can I ask how much you paid for the upgrade to J class when you are at the counter?

Thanks again for writing it up.
 
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:25 pm

Hi Mark,

another enjoyable part of your series! What a shame that the A300 was replaced by an A320.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
1st flight on a Chinese assembled A320

...at least something. Does it say "Made in China" on the safety card?  

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I could see 2 China Eastern A300's on the remote stands, we drove past one and continued towards the other before passing that too, hmm not good, ok and past a company A340 without steps so not that, bugger, we pulled up next to an A320, what a disappointment, I felt really miffed.

I can imagine how you felt!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
crap happens from time to time.

   I can tell you much about it.


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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:47 am

Nice review on a quick flight. Many thanks for sharing.

Food onboard looks unhealthy, seem like it's the re-heat version of those packaged frozen products we found in America.

You can come to Thailand and catch their A300-600s anytimes, guess they will be around for at least any 5 years!!

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:27 am

Hi Mark,

Good to see Shanghai PVG featured here--it's a shame you didn't get on the A300 as it's getting more and more rare in the world... Anyway, it seems like you could've avoided the night spent in Shanghai had you known. Bad luck I guess.... It looks like I'll pass through Shanghai early January, but nothing booked yet.

As for comments:

I didn't hear many positive reviews of lounges in PVG unfortunately.

That minibus looks from another time, to be honest... Doesn't fit with the scenery too well, haha.

Yeah, fb isn't easily accessible from within China... You know, the great firewall and all...



Anyway, great report, Mark, thanks for taking the time to write it up!
 
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:57 pm

Hey Mark, nice report!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
at that time the newest carrier to add this super jumbo to it’s fast growing fleet.

Any plans on catching the MH A380? Maybe something to combine with your return segment on the 787  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The views from my room were pretty good, once the light improved later in the day, you could get some decent spotting done from here.

Must say, quite a nice view. Although that smog looks quite thick, so I wouldn't want to be spending more time there than necessary. Btw was the Maglev noisy?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Lot’s of Chevy advertising here

Well a faux Chevy I'd say!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
,I decided to splash out and upgrade to First class, this was easily done after a short wait in line at the domestic ticketing desk

That's nice, never knew such option existed on chinese domestic flights. How much did you pay for the upgrade?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
During the wait numerous people cut the line to ask the service staff questions, quite a lack of etiquette, but nothing unusual in China from my experience.

For a british citizen, I'm sure that must've been excruciating.  
But you are right, the chinese are perhaps the worst on the planet at queueing, much the same as the moroccans. In such countries, I just go with the flow and cut the queues too!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Coffee is best this morning, actually ok too.

Looks like a decent cup of coffee. Something unheard of in China!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
ried to log onto FB too but it would not load, had the same problem in the hotel the previous night.

That's not really surprising since Facebook is banned in China  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Not an everyday sight

A rare type indeed! Perhaps an objective for your future missions?

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:47 am

Good morning Mark,

A nice report to read on this (finally!) sunny Sunday morning. It looks like you had a decent flight on domestic First Class. Do you mind telling me how much you paid for the upgrade?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Possibly decent views for spotting if in the right room?

Probably. I could not find anything about spotting on TripAdvisor.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Not a great view from the drop off area

I do not want to be around there during hot summertime.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Whilst waiting in line, a chap decided to cut in front of me, rather rude I thought,

You should just elbow him and claim your sequence back.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Security was painless, moments later I was airside.

Is liquid ban imposed on domestic flights?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
gate 204 – I later discovered that it was a remote stand.

bus gate = happy gate.  


Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
tried to log onto FB too but it would not load, had the same problem in the hotel the previous night.

Hmm, could it have anything to do with censorship?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I'm sure the latter will end up in my bag....

I would have done the same.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I took the latter as it looked more like a cocktail! - quite nice it was too.

Could you figure out the ingredients? Was it alcoholic?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
a bit early for the hard stuff.

Good to hear that booze is offered on domestic flights.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I think the spoon might not see another inflight service……

I knew it!   


Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Bathroom shot

Clean and tidy. By the way, what’s the pink thing on the left?


Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday.

Best wishes,
Suryo  
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:35 pm

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I'd like to try out MU on a longhaul in JCL one day to see how they perform on a longer flight.

Thanks for that review, great photo's. Im about to fly MU next month (AUG) KUL-PVG-LHR i'll be doing a trip report and posting pictures. I will be on a A320 KUL-PVG and then thier new A330-200 with the nice new lie-flat beds PVG-LHR.
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:40 pm

Hi Mark,

Good to see another part of your Asia trip, a nice appetizer for the main course that should follow! Shame about the equipment change though.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Following a later night than planned in the bar, the alarm went of at 6, much earlier than I needed but I figured get up and start spotting.

Haha, this is the way it always goes! I've missed one flight (well daytrip actually = 3 flights) and almost missed a few for the very same reason - had a bucketful too much and slept, slept, slept.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
There are now two terminals here at PVG, just shows how much air travel has grown in China since my last visit some eight years ago, back then the original terminal building was sufficient.

They also built a second runway during that period, the Chinese are crazy builders.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Feeling quite happy about getting back on an A300 after so many years,I decided to splash out and upgrade to First class, this was easily done after a short wait in line at the domestic ticketing desk.

How much was it?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
A bit early for a beer, well at least for me.....

Hey, think of the time back home in 'ole England!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
bugger, we pulled up next to an A320, what a disappointment, I felt really miffed.

Oh dear, what a disappointment. I can understand how disappointed you must've felt. But things like this happen, not like it's never happened to me...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I quickly realised economy started with row 30, looking to my right, the last row of business, two rows in a 2-2 layout, is in fact row 7, ah, got it!

That's very odd. Maybe it helps with equipment changes or something.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Legroom shot

What's that weird box in the middle? It looks like an IFE box but there's no personal IFE?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The fruit was fresh but the meat, supposedly pork, was quite fatty, I had to cut a fair bit off it, apart from that it was quite tasty, thought there should have been salt and pepper on the tray.

That looks quite nice, although not exactly First Class standard I think. Did you happen to see what was served back in Economy?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
As we approached the Beijing area the visibility increased dramatically, such that I could actually see clearly.

Well February is the best month for that, the skies are clear and the air crisp and thus the visibility great. Try in the summer and you'll hardly see anything. I remember landing there in the beginning of June and we saw the ground half a second before touching down on the runway...
 
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:53 pm

Hi Mark

Great next installment of your trip to the Far East. Last time I flew China Eastern was on their MD-11 from Beijing to Pudong. I've never been so scared in my life.

In any case, it's a real shame you got an aircraft change, when in fact you'd only journeyed on that route to get the A300. I hate it when that happens! But as you say, a Chinese-built A320 is not a bad item to have in your log book either.

The seats and cabin on the A320 look rather nice, but I can't really say I'm too impressed by the meal you got.

Looking forward to your next episode.

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:53 pm

Great report Mark!

Too bad you missed that A300 though! I would have probably planned such a trip for the same reason, and i too would have been so pissed had an A320 turned up at the gate instead! ..

But i am still quite interested in trying China Eastern out. Many are of the opinion that it is the worst airline in China, but i don't care for some reason  

I think service seemed quite adequate for the length of your flight though the fatty pork isn't my thing! ..I take it MU offers only F and Y on narrow-bodies?

Thanks a lot for sharing!

Cheers,
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:21 pm

Hello Mark

Great report there.

Too bad you did not get the A300 and had the rather boring 320 instead.
Nice to see about the upgrade, MUs J class looks pretty good, like the high quality meal and US domestic F-style seats.

Greetings
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:37 pm

Hi, Mark,

great to follow up you´re further Asia travels.
Such a shame not to catch the MU A300, but anyway MU looks not that bad.
Looking forward to more A380 reading stuff.

Greetings,
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:57 am

Hello Mark,

Nice short report! A man on a mission that partly failed, bummer that. But I hope the A380 flight was still on, I’m as well keen to read about that one. I didn’t know btw that Airbuses were assembled in China as well? Do they cater only for the Chinese market then or a larger region?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I gave no thought to the 3-3 layout shown on the screen

I wonder had you noticed this first, would you have upgraded yourself nonetheless?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
a few pictures of the terminal

That ceiling looks kinda weird with those spikes and ropes coming out. It looks like a medieval torture apparatus of some sorts.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
tried to log onto FB too but it would not load, had the same problem in the hotel the previous night.

That’s Jintao and Jiabao blocking this especially for you (and many many other Chinese...).

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Interesting lounge

Yes indeed, I wonder what the concept behind it is. Food, drinks or just a separate place to be at ease?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
we drove past one and continued towards the other before passing that too, hmm not good, ok and past a company A340 without steps so not that, bugger, we pulled up next to an A320, what a disappointment, I felt really miffed.

Not good...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
by now the economy bus had pulled up so there was a fair bit of pushing and shoving as people tried to get to the steps.

Didn’t you 1st classers were allowed priority to climb the stairs?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
China Eastern reading material

Only in Chinese or in English as well?

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:28 am

Hi Mark

Bugger! Sorry you missed the A300 - a shame about the substitution. Still, nevertheless a great summary of your domestic experience with MU. Airport infrastructure in China has come a long way so fast by the looks of things. Amazing to see the transformation. That new terminal in PEK is stunning.

Interesting to see the Delayed Flight lounge too - I guess you read about the systemic air traffic delays in China these days caused by all sorts of things - weather, the sheer volume of planes now in the sky and the odd PLA military exercise!

Service onboard the A320 looked pretty good actually. Looking forward the next instalment.

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:10 am

Hi Mark!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

Many thanks also for the tips on spotting locations in the report; I still hope to go there some day. Perhaps next year in April.....

Too bad you missed out on the A300 but the meal looks great for such a flight.

I flew SHA-PEK in 2001 on a 733 in Y and it was still a nice flight. China Eastern is a nice airline in Y on short haul flights. Not sure how they are on long haul flights. Think they may need to improve there from what I have read.

Looking forward to your next report!

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:03 pm

Hey Mark great report as always   Something interesting for sure.

Never seen a delayed flight lounge before. Is it where you go for mis connections or a place to get refreshments if your flight is delayed ? Interesting concept.

Hope to see the next part soon  

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:30 am

Good and interesting trip report.
I am a huge fan of Airbus A300 and A310, more so with A300. I recalled a flight I took long ago with MU from Shanghai to Shenzhen together with my colleague, who sit next to me. Half way through the journey, the seat fell apart, it was an old looking plane, obviously not well maintained. The seat absolutely refused to return to its normal position and just in the lied down position. Since I am a rotund size, the FA while trying to hold back their laughter, help me to the rear to another open seat, which interestingly enough, was also broken in the similar fashion! I have to be reseated twice.

MU is just like any other PRC airlines. The issue is you cannot get a consistent service from them. However, on the bright side, at the very least, all PRC airlines seems to have pretty good safety record, which to me, is quite amazing!
 
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:14 pm

Hi all, sorry for the late responses, a few selected replies:-

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 7):
Thanks for the trip report - really enjoyed it and reminded me of lots of my travels within China.

- Excellent, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 7):
Can I ask how much you paid for the upgrade to J class when you are at the counter?

- Err more than I wanted to, especially once I realised the plane had changed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
another enjoyable part of your series!

- Thanks PH.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
What a shame that the A300 was replaced by an A320.

- Tell me about it  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Does it say "Made in China" on the safety card?  

- Ha, no.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 9):
You can come to Thailand and catch their A300-600s anytimes, guess they will be around for at least any 5 years!!

- That was where I took my last A300 flight, back in 2004 I think.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
I didn't hear many positive reviews of lounges in PVG unfortunately.

- No surprise if they are all like this one.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Any plans on catching the MH A380? Maybe something to combine with your return segment on the 787

- Yes, though I suspect the MH one will now be in 2013, looks like MH are pushing back the OW entry.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Btw was the Maglev noisy?

- Not that I can recall.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
ried to log onto FB too but it would not load, had the same problem in the hotel the previous night.

That's not really surprising since Facebook is banned in China

- Being a bit new to FB I never knew that at the time  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Not an everyday sight

A rare type indeed! Perhaps an objective for your future missions?

- Love to but not likely at the moment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Not a great view from the drop off area

I do not want to be around there during hot summertime.

- Can you imagine the smell?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Security was painless, moments later I was airside.

Is liquid ban imposed on domestic flights?

- Not sure, I am in the habit of removing liquids these days.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I took the latter as it looked more like a cocktail! - quite nice it was too.

Could you figure out the ingredients? Was it alcoholic?

- Not sure, but deffo no booze in it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 12):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Bathroom shot

Clean and tidy. By the way, what’s the pink thing on the left?

- It's a flower holder.

Quoting JQflightie (Reply 13):
Im about to fly MU next month (AUG) KUL-PVG-LHR i'll be doing a trip report and posting pictures. I will be on a A320 KUL-PVG and then thier new A330-200 with the nice new lie-flat beds PVG-LHR.

- Excellent, looking forward to that one!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Good to see another part of your Asia trip, a nice appetizer for the main course that should follow! Shame about the equipment change though.

- Thanks and tell me about it!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Following a later night than planned in the bar, the alarm went of at 6, much earlier than I needed but I figured get up and start spotting.

Haha, this is the way it always goes! I've missed one flight (well daytrip actually = 3 flights) and almost missed a few for the very same reason - had a bucketful too much and slept, slept, slept.

- No missed a flight yet but it could be easily done.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Legroom shot

What's that weird box in the middle? It looks like an IFE box but there's no personal IFE?

- You know, not a clue!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The fruit was fresh but the meat, supposedly pork, was quite fatty, I had to cut a fair bit off it, apart from that it was quite tasty, thought there should have been salt and pepper on the tray.

That looks quite nice, although not exactly First Class standard I think. Did you happen to see what was served back in Economy?

- Food and prep decent enough, not real F but ok, not sure what got dished up down back.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
Great next installment of your trip to the Far East

- Thanks William, still trying to find the time.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
The seats and cabin on the A320 look rather nice, but I can't really say I'm too impressed by the meal you got.

- Seat was nice enough for a narrowbody, meal was ok but could indeed have been better.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 16):
Great report Mark!

- Thanks Roni.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 16):
Too bad you missed that A300 though! I would have probably planned such a trip for the same reason, and i too would have been so pissed had an A320 turned up at the gate instead! ..

- Well it just seemed like too good of an opportunity to pass up, oh well!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 16):
But i am still quite interested in trying China Eastern out. Many are of the opinion that it is the worst airline in China, but i don't care for some reason

- Despite the aircraft change I thought they were pretty good, I'd happily fly with them again.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 16):
I take it MU offers only F and Y on narrow-bodies?

- I assume so, unless they place a 346 on a domestic run.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Great report there.

- Cheers  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Such a shame not to catch the MU A300, but anyway MU looks not that bad.

- Indeed, a bummer but MU were worth experiencing.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Nice short report!

- Cheers

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
A man on a mission that partly failed, bummer that

- Yep, that's me!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
I didn’t know btw that Airbuses were assembled in China as well? Do they cater only for the Chinese market then or a larger region?

- Just A320's and only for the Chinese market at this time.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I gave no thought to the 3-3 layout shown on the screen

I wonder had you noticed this first, would you have upgraded yourself nonetheless?

- It would have been too late by that time.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
a few pictures of the terminal

That ceiling looks kinda weird with those spikes and ropes coming out. It looks like a medieval torture apparatus of some sorts.

- Yes, I can imagine these closing in on you like some Indiana Jones film!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Interesting lounge

Yes indeed, I wonder what the concept behind it is. Food, drinks or just a separate place to be at ease?

- Not sure, should have peeked in.....

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
by now the economy bus had pulled up so there was a fair bit of pushing and shoving as people tried to get to the steps.

Didn’t you 1st classers were allowed priority to climb the stairs?

- Nope, no priority boarding here.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
China Eastern reading material

Only in Chinese or in English as well?

- Both if I recall correctly.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Bugger! Sorry you missed the A300 - a shame about the substitution

- I know, what a detour for nothing really!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
That new terminal in PEK is stunning.

- Indeed, is superb!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

- Thanks for reading Lars.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
Many thanks also for the tips on spotting locations in the report; I still hope to go there some day.

- No worries, anytime.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Never seen a delayed flight lounge before. Is it where you go for mis connections or a place to get refreshments if your flight is delayed ? Interesting concept.

- Not really sure Philip.

Quoting celestar (Reply 23):
Good and interesting trip report.

- Glad you enjoyed.

Quoting celestar (Reply 23):
MU is just like any other PRC airlines. The issue is you cannot get a consistent service from them. However, on the bright side, at the very least, all PRC airlines seems to have pretty good safety record, which to me, is quite amazing!

- That's a good point!

Cheers

Mark
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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:55 pm

HI Mark.

Yet again another nice and consistent report from you.

It is no reflection on your report but I felt quite bleached after that read. I am alluding to the horrible smog in all exterior photos and also to the vast spaced-out nature of the airport. I think I'll stick to LHR spotting. Much more chaotic.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
This particular lounge, MU has others here too, is a small affair, lacks any views, I don't think the others do either, but it has a small selection of snacks and drinks, quite adequate for a short wait,

Yes. A little crapper of a lounge but then again you weren't staying there too long.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I only flew into PVG to get on this particular flight as it was operated by an A300, I could have flown direct NRT-PEK on NH and saved the hotel and flight cost,

I have to admire the effort you go to to catch certain A/Cs. Having registered so much disappointment from equipment changes on this forum... I do not think I would ever set my sights on anything.

- That said - I truly hope I get an Saudia 747-300 on my soon to come JED-RUH flights!

In contrast to the colourless environs... the service and food looked vibrant and light on MU. I thought the meal looked rather excellent. Pork fat is delicious and adds flavour. !

Many thanks Mark. Looking forward to next segment.

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RE: Asia Travels 2012 Part 3 - MU A300 Or Not!

Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:45 am

Mark,

Catching up on a bunch of reports, and yours teased with the promise 300 ... though, my disappointment could never match what you felt! Anyways, good to see the rather decent service on MU. I have never flown them, and have usually heard horror stories. Good to see that they were decent enough, and that fruit plate did look good.

Thanks for sharing as always.

Saludos,
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