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Air China

Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:22 pm

Anybody has experience on SFO-PEK-SHA-SFO route on Air China? Some reviews on Air China are so-so. Is the service really that bad?

Also, what planes do they fly? It listed 747 and 747-400. I have 2 little kids, I need to keep them entertain on the long flight.

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RE: Air China

Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:02 am

I have flown LHR-PEK with CA. Its hard to describe the service, its not good but not awful. The FAs do try hard but just don't seem to get it all together.
I'll make remarks on my last flight PEK-LHR
The 747-400 has good 34" pitch so comfort is generally good.
Planes may be a bit tatty around the edges eg. missing armrest covers, covered up with duck tape.
The food consisted of 2 good hot meals with 2 choices each time.
Beverage service is soft drinks only (beer counts as a chinese soft drink)
Inflight entertainment is poor, mainscreen only , sound quality poor. A typical example of the service standard - they showed I-robot, good film. However half way through they had forgotten about the inflight exercise video (I was next to the video control unit so I could see what was happening) so they interrupted the film to show the half hour video. When they put the film back on, they hadn't paused it so we missed the middle 30 minutes of the film!
The english of the FAs is also poor and it can be quite hard to communicate.

I would advise taking food for the kids in case they are fussy and plenty of stuff to entertain them with.

Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !

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