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PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:26 am

First trip report on a.net for me. Hope the images load well.

Did a short weekend break in Hong Kong this past weekend for some shopping and oyster dining. Staying true to China Eastern, i used some miles and upgraded myself and mrs. PVGAMS to business class. The aircraft used was MU's A330-200, one which i've flown a couple times between PVG/SHA-PEK as well as PVG-FRA. I enjoy their seats in C, the service is usually good, FAs are polite to me, all in all quite enjoyable for the short hops. On top of that, prices through local agents here are always very competitive.

Unfortunately both outbound and inbound were delayed (1 hour), but then again this is normal in China, and actually, 1 hour isn't bad. Lounge at PVG T1 was the one by gate 22, one i've used for KLM flights before. Nothing great, couple snacks, couple PCs, and a TV that was showing Chinese Women's Weightlifting Championships. After a short wait, boarded MU 509, took my seat, and was served a hot towel, orange juice, and water. Flight took off shortly after, with business class approximately 75% full. Flight was uneventful, had a little chicken for dinner, watched half a movie, and after a bumpy descent and landing, we were at HKIA. Immigration was a breeze compared to the usual 30 minute wait at HKG and in no time we were on the bus headed for Kowloon. (First time taking the bus A21, as i usually opt for the Airport Express. Have to say, its easy, cheap, and very efficient as it dropped us off right in front of the hotel).

After two days in HK it was time to head back to Shanghai. Checked out of the hotel and again caught the bus back to the airport. An hour later we were at check-in, got our boarding passes and headed for the lounge. The lounge was the China Aviation lounge by gate 16, right across from the lounge used by KA. I've read mixed reviews on this lounge, but compared to the lounges i experience in mainland China and compared to the MU lounge at T1 in PVG, it was pretty good. Good selection of drinks, comfortable chairs, spacious, good view of the tarmac, and some selection of warm and cold foods. We didn't stay there too long, instead choosing to walk around and do some final shopping. After an hour of that, it was time for boarding. Again, very smooth, used the business class line. On board i was again given the customary warm towel, orange juice, and water. Business class on the inbound was very empty, only 3/24. I chose the chicken again, gave most of it to mrs. PVGAMS as i wasn't that hungry, and finished off with some fruit and haagen dazs. Finished the movie i was watching on the outbound, and before i knew it we were starting our descent. Switched to seat 1A to take some pictures. Landed at PVG after about 2 hours in the air, disembarked and were the only ones at the "Foreigners" section at immigration. Got to the car, only for mrs. PVGAMS to realize that she'd left her iphone on the plane. Went back inside, reported the missing phone, after which they radioed to the gate asking for someone to retrieve it. It was found but told we would have to wait 45 minutes before we could get it back, it had to go to another building where lost and found is located, then released by them, then brought to the main terminal, passing through all sorts of checks.... As it was late we decided to go home, and the phone was picked up by the company driver the next day. That and the slight delays were the only glitches the entire trip.

In closing, it was again a pleasant experience on MU. Haven't had many problems with them over the years as compared to CA. FM isn't that bad either. I will continue to fly them on the domestic and regional routes whenever possible, and am quite happy they are on the way to joining SkyTeam.

Some pics of the trip below:
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[Edited 2009-04-27 19:27:45]
 
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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:28 am

Hi PVGAMS,

Nice Business Class product from China Eastern. I was wondering how bis this airlines in China? what is rank compare to others such as Air China???

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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:41 am



Quoting Vietsky (Reply 1):
I was wondering how bis this airlines in China? what is rank compare to others such as Air China???

It depends on who you ask really. I personally prefer MU over CA and FM on the domestic and regional routes. I've had bad experiences with very long delays with CA. Not so much with MU and FM. I'm star gold with BD and would probably fly CA more if their delays weren't so bad. Between PVG and HK though, i'll always go for MU as they have the A332 and their prices are that much better than KA and CX. FM primarily uses narrow bodies on this flight IIRC.
 
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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:31 am

Hi PVGAMS

Great trip report, I guess the only way to fly MU's A332 is to fly to Europe.

I have flown on CZ,CA and MU and I prefer flying CZ over the others as the service on CZ is a notch better than both MU and CA . Have you flown on CZ before? If you have not, do give them a try if you do not mind travelling a non-star alliance carrier.

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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:46 am

Congrats on your first trip report!

Quoting PVGAMS (Thread starter):
First time taking the bus A21, as i usually opt for the Airport Express. Have to say, its easy, cheap, and very efficient as it dropped us off right in front of the hotel

I'm glad you figured this out. I used to use the Airport Express but over the years it has made less and less sense for anybody going to Kowloon or anywhere on Hong Kong Island besides Central. By the time you add in the taxi fare and the time involved with that transfer, it's absolutely worth it to take the bus.

The food in C looks exactly like the food in Y on most Chinese carriers, except that it's in some nice dishes and such.
 
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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:01 am



Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 3):
Have you flown on CZ before? If you have not, do give them a try if you do not mind travelling a non-star alliance carrier.

Yes, have flown them before, but out of SHA/PVG the other three (MU, CA, FM) are a little more flexible schedule wise.



Quoting Zonks (Reply 4):
The food in C looks exactly like the food in Y on most Chinese carriers, except that it's in some nice dishes and such.

And tastes exactly the same  Smile
 
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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:43 pm



Quoting PVGAMS (Thread starter):
In closing, it was again a pleasant experience on MU. Haven't had many problems with them over the years as compared to CA. FM isn't that bad either. I will continue to fly them on the domestic and regional routes whenever possible, and am quite happy they are on the way to joining SkyTeam.

Huh?

Who is on the way to joining SkyTeam? MU? I don't think so. China Southern is already a full SkyTeam member... has been for some time now. I do not suppose SkyTeam is going to recruite more Chinese members (i.e., more P.R.C. carriers). If I am not mistaken, the next airline from that part of the world that may join SkyTeam is Taiwan's China Airlines.

I don't know whether this is true, but I think that MU might get closer to oneworld.
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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:04 pm

Thanks for the report. Last time I flew on MU I had a feeling that I did not hear anything from the cockpit. I just wonder is it all pilots in these Chinese Airlines dont actually make a welcome announcment, or give updates about the flight at all?

I really dont like the idea of not hearing them during a flight.

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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:34 pm



Quoting EddieDude (Reply 6):
Huh?

Who is on the way to joining SkyTeam? MU? I don't think so. China Southern is already a full SkyTeam member... has been for some time now. I do not suppose SkyTeam is going to recruite more Chinese members (i.e., more P.R.C. carriers). If I am not mistaken, the next airline from that part of the world that may join SkyTeam is Taiwan's China Airlines.

I don't know whether this is true, but I think that MU might get closer to oneworld.

Maybe not exactly on the way to joining as i stated, but their CEO Liu Shaoyong (former CEO of CZ) has confirmed their intent of joining ST. No idea whether they will be accepted, i sure hope so....

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 7):
I just wonder is it all pilots in these Chinese Airlines dont actually make a welcome announcment, or give updates about the flight at all?

Thats right, they don't, not in Chinese and not in English. Probably a language barrier issue for the English....
 
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RE: PVG-HKG-PVG MU A330-200 In C

Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:48 pm

Nice report & pictures, always a joy to read TR's with Chinese Airlines.

Quoting PVGAMS (Thread starter):
In closing, it was again a pleasant experience on MU. Haven't had many problems with them over the years as compared to CA. FM isn't that bad either. I will continue to fly them on the domestic and regional routes whenever possible, and am quite happy they are on the way to joining SkyTeam

- I thought MU were more likely to join OneWorld?

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