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This was my annual family vacation and for 2015, we're headed to Japan! We were originally headed to Spain but some issues at home caused us to cancel our original plans and once the issue was resolved, we booked the best deal we could find which was China Eastern to Tokyo.
China Eastern Airlines MU 544 Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) - Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) A330-200 B-6546 Economy Class
China Eastern departs from Terminal 3 of Changi Airport. Check-in is at Row 10. We decided to head to the airport earlier to check-in our bags and grab a meal before the flight. One long queue leads to the 3 open check-in counters with another one dedicated to Skyteam Elite and Business passengers. Seems like the flight is going to be full.
Headed to Four Fingers chicken at Basement 1. One of the best fried chicken chains in Singapore at the moment. You've got to check it out if you can.
Boarding pass with flight information.
Flight is departing from Gate A16 tonight and a long walk just isn't my thing so late at night. Fast-forward on the Skytrain.
FIDS on the flight. MU544 actually continues on to Chongqing after Shanghai.
We're approaching tomorrow and boarding time.
Boarding isn't even announced and this happens. The ground staff had to force people to move to allow from Business and Skyteam Elite members priority boarding. First time I've seen this so bad at Changi. Sometimes I feel the people from China have no chill.
Boarding commences and we're on our way in.
A quick shot of the Business Cabin.
The Economy Cabin. Arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.
Took my seat quickly as people were still boarding. The IFE seems nice and the seat seems nice on first impression but will be hard to sit on for long journeys. 32 seat pitch is decent for 6 foot me.
Pretty dark out at Changi.
Reading materials and headsets are in the front seat pocket.
A closer look at the Welcome screen.
A forward view from my seat.
The safety video is play upon push back. Once in Mandarin and once in English.
Takeoff and climb were normal but the IFE wasn't turned on and the cabin was really warm even with the air nozzle opened to the max. Not to mention, the air from the nozzle was pretty warm too.
After about 30-45min, the IFE system is finally turned on. Dived straight in to the flight maps.
Flying away from Malaysia now.
Some detail on the flight.
Interesting. This program comes with a map of the pilot, starboard and port view. Downside, you can't control the program and it runs on an autoloop.
Exploring the IFE.
And diving straight into The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The cabin lights start to come on as the in-flight service begins.
Options for supper are Fried fish with steamed rice and vegetables or Chicken and mushroom pasta. Accompanied by a shrimp salad, fresh fruits and a roll.
Overall, I preferred the fish. It was tastier. The pasta was pretty bland.
The trays are collected and we've crossed the halfway mark of the flight.
Obligatory toilet visit. Spartan toilet, no amenities to speak of.
Returned to catch another film. This time, it's Inside Out.
Took a quick 20-minute nap after the movie and woke up as the plane started its descent. Cabin lights come on as the crew makes the final checks.
-rumble, rumble- Ladies and gentlemen, we have now arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Please stay seated as we taxi to the gate…
Disembarkation is announced.
A look at the plane which brought us here. She does look pretty.
Singapore - SIN
Shanghai - PVG
First time on China Eastern and although it didn't disappoint, it didn't impress either. The IFE didn't come on till pretty late into the flight and was turned off the moment descent began. Not sure why, Chinese regulation? Service was okay, didn't see the cabin crew much but I expect that for a red-eye flight. Catering is okay on this flight. Overall, It wouldn't be my first choice unless I get a good deal.
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