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It's time to return home after our week long stay in Busan with my family. Busan is a wonderful city to visit with its many historical sites and fresh seafood everywhere. If you intend to visit Korea on a budget, Busan is a better choice than Korea as the costs in general are lower.
Shanghai Airlines FM 830 Gimhae International Airport (PUS) - Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) B737-800 B-1741 Economy Class Gate 4
Gimhae International Airport is easily accessible via light rail straight into Busan city. The departure terminal is above the arrivals and MU uses check-in counters C which also seems to be sponsored by Hyundai. The air-conditioning in the terminal seemed like it was turned off and it felt very hot and stuffy in the terminal.
FIDS of Gimhae as we prepare to check-in. We arrived slightly too early and I spent some time wandering around the terminal.
After checking-in, we decide to get a bite to eat at Lotteria. Here's a picture of my boarding pass from inside Lotteria.
After a small meal, we prepare to cross airside.
Once we're airside, we're greeted by a large Lotte Duty Free with a FIDS above it.
More pictures of Gimhae from airside. It's a small but efficient terminal with F&B outlets and various Duty-Free shopping.
It seems like we're going to be delayed. An announcement follows that the delay is due to the late arrival of the incoming flight. Just as it's announced, I spot our plane arrive in the distance.
Since we're going to be delayed, I decide to do some plane spotting from near our gate. KE, CZ and BX.
Our plane rolls in to the gate and the passengers on the PVG-PUS route disembark.
The staff worked quickly to turn the flight around to reduce the delay and boarding is soon announced.
An Aurora plane, presumably from Russia.
And another flattering shot of our plane.
It takes some time for the passengers to board this small plane.
Boeing's new Sky Interior with cabin mood lighting.
FM's 737 Y-cabin is arranged in a 3-3 configuration, just every other Y-cabin.
I settle into my seat and take a look outside.
Reading materials on this flight contain a Eastern Mall shopping magazine and a Aircraft Safety Card.
Passengers slowly trickle into the cabin as the crew look for places for passengers to place their carry-on in the overhead bins.
As the cabin doors are closed, the safety video plays and the plane begins pushback.
The screens are retracted for take-off.
And we're off, taking a last look at Busan from the air.
The lighting is changed as the meal service began.
I was surprised at the meal served on this short hour-long hop. I expected something light but to be served stewed beef with white rice accompanied by a cold peanut salad, a bun and an orange slice. The meal certainly exceeded expectations on this flight.
Obligatory post-meal toilet visit. Small and clean toilet on this B738. It's also helped by the fact that the plane seemed very new.
After the meal, the plane begins its descent into PVG.
And we taxi to one of the many remote stand at PVG.
The PVG staff work quickly and the plane soon begins disembarkation.
Waving good bye to this tiny bird.
Welcome to Terminal 1.
Busan - PUS
Shanghai - PVG
Being a subsidiary of MU, FM gave us an exemplary flight with its catering and service and provided a flight comparable to many other carriers on this short hop. It's not the best flight but I've definitely flown on worse. I would be okay to fly on FM if the price is right.
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