Hi everyone. This is the continuation of a brief RTW trip in April of 2015. The trip started out with a desire to sample Turkish Airlines and visit the city of Istanbul. It grew from there. The final product came in the form of: SNA-DEN-FRA-LHR-IST-PVG-SEA-LAX. For this journey I utilized Southwest Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Alaska Airlines.
Let me preface this report by saying I didn't do a very thorough job of documenting this flight. At least not up to the standards of some of the other FRs on this site. I wasn't thinking about trip reports at the time so I wasn't as focused on capturing the details.
After a one night stay at a Sheraton it was time to head back to the airport. I was very ken to try the Maglev train from Pudong to PVG. I took a taxi from the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel to the Maglev station, bought a ticket, and was off for the short ride to the airport.
Sorry for the blur…we were moving at quite a clip of 431km/h!
Maglev Station on the PVG side.
I am a departure board nerd.
PVG terminal 1. The last day of Delta ops to this terminal. Effective April 13th they co-located with MU in terminal 2.
Some spotting from the landside portion of the terminal. Interesting liveries that we don't see in the USA. Save for the Delta 767-300ER preparing to depart for NRT.
My original plan was to fly home PVG-NRT-LAX but the PVG-NRT flight was woefully oversold so there was no much hope of getting on. Same for just about everything ex. NRT so Seattle it would be!
I made a quick stop at one of the Priority Pass lounges on the way to the gate. I can't remember which one…68, 69, 22 something like that.
Good view from the lounge.
Daytime departure made for nice shots of our bird for today. I do like the long wing of the A330-200 in relation to the fuselage length. Reminiscent of the 777-200LR.
Boarding was well underway by the time I made it to the gate. The Sky Priority lane provided direct access to the gate but the secondary security was clogging up the boarding. It's such a perfunctory search I wonder how effective it is.
This A330-200 had the newer seat covers rolled out with the Delta One service.
New Delta One menu jacket and some bubbly wine too.
Slippers and welcome snack. The salty sweet almonds pair well with the bubbly. I wish they offered them again in flight.
This business class configuration was a stark contrast to the TK seats. While it is odd to say it, Delta is way ahead here. Great privacy and space in these seats.
A kind sendoff.
The queue for takeoff. The 747-8 followed by the 744 was cool to me.
Climbing out of PVG.
The service started very quickly. The purser took meal orders on the ground. The service was very rushed on the whole. It was as if the crew had somewhere else to be. Sleeping in the crew rest is probably the engagement they were in a hurry to make.
The senior female flight attendant on my aisle was friendly and willing to accommodate any request. She had a fun disposition which I appreciate.
Soup of hot and sour and a salad with pears. Nice contrast.
Beef main. I picked at it. It was actually medium rare.
Some fruit, cheese, and ice cream. I like the ice cream plain. Odd, I know.
I slept hard after the cheese/dessert. I don't think I moved until breakfast was being served. This is a good sleeping seat which is just what I needed.
Almost across the vast pacific.
Beautiful approach to Sea Tac.
View of the S gates from the A gates.
Delta Air Lines
Shanghai - PVG
Seattle - SEA
I don't want to get the reputation of being negative. This Delta flight offered passable food, good wine/cocktails and great sleep. Isn't that what Business class is about? The service was not up to par with the Delta standard in that it was rushed to the point of being comical. The A332 is a great ride and the seat makes up for a lot of the soft product shortcomings.
2 LIKESLIKE TO THANK THE AUTHORTHANKS ! FLIGHT-REPORT LIKED
Flight-Report is a free website hosting more than 500 000 pictures and 17 000 reviews, without ads, this website can't exist. We understand that ads can be annoying, this is the reason why we do not display more than 2 non-invasive ads per page.
To continue using Flight-Report, we invite you to add Flight-Report on your blocker "white list".