Review of China Eastern flight Tokyo Shanghai in Economy

Airline China Eastern
Flight MU272
Class Economy
Seat 38J
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 03:25
Take-off 01 Jan 16, 10:55
Arrival at 01 Jan 16, 13:20
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FiamaArin
By 2204
Published on 25th February 2016
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End of yet another wonderful trip to Japan. Third trip here yet I feel I will never have enough. it's simply the best mix of past and present you can find on this planet.

China Eastern Airlines
MU 272
Narita International Airport (NRT) - Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
A321-200
B-2290 in Shanghai World Expo 2010 livery
Economy Class
Gate 87


Happy new year from Narita Airport! Early morning passengers are treated to a cup of sake being given out by the airport staff in traditional attire. A small gesture but a wonderful one. I was also given a plastic bag to take the wooden cup home.
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A shot of the departure hall. Seemed nice and quiet with the morning passenger movement.
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China Eastern can be found at Row C.
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A shot of the plain boarding pass. Homeward bound!
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FIDS past immigration.
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My family were shopping at the Uniqlo outside the departure hall so long, we nearly missed our flight. So I don't have many shots of the terminal as we were running to the gate.

A rest area in the departure hall past immigration.
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Safe! Boarding passes checked and we make our way down to the aerobridge.
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Hi there~
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Business class cabin.
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As luck would have it, we have a free seat between my mum and myself.
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A POV of the seat. No IFE on this short flight but the seat was comfortable.
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A look down the tiny cabin which incidentally was warm. I think that's a trend in China Eastern's planes. Not a fan.
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Reading materials aboard this flight.
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Looking outside. Nice sunshine on new year's day.
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The overhead screens descend to show the safety video as pushback commences.
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The ground staff at Narita are amazing. Instead of just walking away after push-back, they line up and wave the aircraft off. All the little gestures which make Japan so enjoyable.

And off we go!
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Made a quick trip to the toilet after takeoff. Of the three toilets available, the first one I went was clogged up with poo. Unlucky. No pictures on that. Instead, let's look at a clean toilet.
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Heading back to my seat and meal service has began. Wondering how I'll be able to squeeze through.
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Meal from Narita, served in a nice box.
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The starters and dessert. Soba, some sushi and a dorayaki.
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Together with my main, beef teriyaki and rice.
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Took a Tsingdao to accompany my meal.
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This was truly one of the best meals I've had on a plane. It was well-prepared and delicious and the presentation was excellent. Catering from Narita is fantastic.

My mum picked the other option, Ebi chili. It didn't taste as good as the beef option but still pretty good.
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Time to kick back and relax after the meal.
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Quiet cabin…
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A day-time view as we start descent.
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Disembarkation begins. Halfway home!
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Verdict

China Eastern

6.8/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew6.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering9.0

Tokyo - NRT

8.8/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

Shanghai - PVG

6.5/10
Efficiency6.5
Access6.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness6.5

Conclusion

Overall a decent flight with one of the best meals in Economy class. Seats are comfortable and lack of personal IFE is not much of a problem on this short flight.

Information on the route Tokyo (NRT) Shanghai (PVG)

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4 Comments

  • Comment 158635 by
    marathon SILVER 9673 Comments

    I won't disagree on your opening statement about Japan :)
    I prefer a cabin which is too warm to one which is too cold. In the first case, you can remove a layer of clothing (assuming you have at least two ^^), in the other, the blanket that you may receive will never be good enough.
    The ground staff always wave at a departing plane in Japan, and in Taiwan too (Taiwan was a Japanese colony before WWII). I too like this.
    The Japanese meal option seemed much better than the Chinese one.
    I have never seen such a can holder. Great for a can, but if you chose water (in a paper / plastic cup) ?
    Thanks for sharing !

    • Comment 335515 by
      FiamaArin AUTHOR 66 Comments

      Hi, thanks for dropping by!

      It was definitely too warm as I was only in a T-shirt and Jeans and I was still feeling too warm. Maybe it's being Singaporean where I appreciate being cold better~

      The Japanese box set was standard, only the main was offered as a choice.

      The cup holder isn't too useful if the cup is short as the hole is big and it will fall out. I guess it was designed specifically for cans.

  • Comment 158646 by
    Pilpintu 733 Comments

    Hello! The cattering was fantastic! Far better than many business class meals I have seen in other FRs around here! Was the ticket more expensive than the average for economy?

    I pray other airlines won't follow that trend of making cabins warmer! I stopped travelling by bus within my country altogether and prefer to fly because the temperature inside the buses is always suffocating and that makes me ill. I even had an argument with a driver once because of that!

    Thanks for sharing! =)

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