Review of China Eastern flight Shanghai Busan in Economy

Airline China Eastern
Flight MU5043
Class Economy
Seat 50A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:00
Take-off 15 May 17, 09:20
Arrival at 15 May 17, 12:20
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Published on 2nd June 2017
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After four-hour layover in Shanghai, it's time for the next flight. No aerobridge here so we'll be taking a bus to the plane. A short hop from Shanghai to Busan.

China Eastern Airlines
MU 5043
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) - Gimhae International Airport (PUS)
A320-200
B-6929
Economy Class
Gate 212


Transferring at Pudong is quite a hassle. At the transfer area, you have to accept an agreement regarding portable battery packs before another line of security screening.
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Once we've crossed all the security, we enter a dead town Pudong which was expected at 5am in the morning. We looked for several empty rows of chairs to nap on.
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Looking at the the FIDS.
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Gate 212 is located on the ground floor along with 210 and 211.
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Finally, its boarding time and we board a transfer bus to the airplane.
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We arrive at the stand and we wait to board the small A320.
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The plane is configured in a 3-3 configuration.
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A top down view of the seat.
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Seatback materials. (CAAC In-flight Magazine, Eastern Mall Magazine and Safety Card)


Screens pop down and show the safety videos. After the safety video, I fell asleep, still feeling tired from the previous flight.
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Half-an-hour later, I woke up and found myself still on the ground. Apparently, we spent the time sitting on the tarmac waiting to take off.
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When we finally take off, the crew carry out a snack service. A wrap with glutinous rice. Not tasty at all, extremely bland. The snack was served along with a bottle with water.
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Post-snack toilet break is due.
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Approaching the Korean peninsula.
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First flight map I've seen the whole trip so far.
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Landed at Gimhae!
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Welcome to Korea featuring Korean Air.
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Again, we don't deplane at the aerobridge but at a remote stand. Taking a transfer bus, we pass by a Jeju Air plane.
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Arrival Hall of Gimhae Airport.
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Collecting our luggage at the carousel.
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Verdict

China Eastern

3.6/10
Cabin5.5
Cabin crew4.0
Entertainment2.0
Meal/catering3.0

Shanghai - PVG

6.3/10
Efficiency6.0
Access7.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness7.0

Busan - PUS

7.6/10
Efficiency8.0
Access7.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Another mediocre flight from MU but I shouldn't have any complaints with the flight. The snack was poor and comfort was average. The delay on the ground without explanation was unprofessional by MU. Gimhae is great airport and really efficient so props to them there.

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