Review of China Southern flight Guangzhou Bangkok in Business

Airline China Southern
Flight CZ 357
Class Business
Seat 3K
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 02:55
Take-off 11 Nov 12, 08:50
Arrival at 11 Nov 12, 10:45
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manureva744
By 5183
Published on 14th November 2012
Here is the next part of our trip to Thailand.

We were expected and greeted by a China Southern Airlines agent who will take us to the immigration transit counters.
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We go through immigration and then walk along a very long passage leading to international departures and we find the lounge on our right.
A first check is done by 2 agents who check the boarding cards and they fill out an invitation. At the second check agents are picking up the invitations and welcome us in the lounge.
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Always some stunning orchids at the counters, this Phalaenopsis is magnificent for the deep hues !
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The lounge is divided in 3 parts, 2 on the main floor and 1 on the top floor. We choose to go upstairs.
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We settle down in a corner of the lounge with electric plugs for our computers. We chose the pistachio green seats and opposite is a gold couch.
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The lounge is nice and calm with views over the planes, armchairs are placed facing the planes. A small area is dedicated for the tea ceremony.
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Let's check the buffet now.
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My first selection, tuna or turkey sandwiches.
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Now let's check the restrooms.
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Our airplane is on the foreground, it's an Airbus 321 registration B-6355
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This is a funny name for a cracker !
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I made myself a cappuccino and a nice selection of desserts.
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The shower rooms.
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You can charge up your mobile phones.
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Business and computer area.
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We are lucky our gate is right next to the lounge so a short walk for us !
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A few pictures of the articles for sale in the terminal's boutiques.
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After the whale in which we crossed the Pacific, here is the small sardine that will take us to Bangkok, a beautiful baby that was delivered to China Southern on the 25 of june 2008.
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Our gate is showing infos about our flight and the next one.
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As soon as the 2 China Southern agents arrived, everybody stood up and started to queue to board.
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We board on the right hand side, reserved for Business Class and for SkyTEAM Elite and Elite Plus passengers.
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When we arrive on board we are welcomed on board by 2 air hostesses, one of them take us to our seats.

The cabin and the legroom.
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Our neighbour, a China Southern Airlines Airbus 330.
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The cabin attendant will bring us a newspaper and slippers packed with a shoe bag. She will then come back and offer a choice of orange, apple juice or water.
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She will make sure to have the CZ logo facing us.

She will then bring us the menu that she will collect back afterwards.
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But a good point here, the menu is correct !

The door closes and we are the only ones in Business Class.

We are pushed back 5 minutes early, YAY ! The safety demonstrations are shown on the overhead screens. They are different from the Airbus 380 demonstrations.
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We will have a rather complete visit of Bayiun Airport and go all around the terminal building before finding our runway !
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An Airbus 380 departing ? where to ? Beijing maybe…
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B777 and A330
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Behind this 777, our A380-800 B-6138 with which we flew in from LAX.
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Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport and its based residents.
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I try to get a picture of this SkyTEAM 777 flying for China Southern but our captain is in a hurry…
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A Shenzhen Airlines A320.
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Spotting on our way to the take off runway.
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We line up and here we go ! It's a big change from the A380 where you feel it is not moving at all…
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We go through the clouds and above them it is beautiful and sunny !
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I didn't lie we are the only ones in Business Class !
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New overhead panels, not equipped with the new signage yet.
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We chose a movie…
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I will watch Batman !
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To start we are served assorted nuts and I order a glass of sparkling water.
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Then the cabin attendant bring the meal when we have finished our drinks.
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The whole thing was nice, the sticky rice was very fragrant maybe because of the dried shrimps, but is was delicious.

Our cabin attendant will pick our tray and will offer a hot beverage. I will order a tea and she will offer some fresh fruits too.
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We continue our flight to Bangkok, behind us, Premium Economy, 3 rows still have their trays, same thing for Economy. Our Cabin attendant will go and help the crew working the back of the Airbus and will leave us with the Purser who will pick up the used tableware.

Outside the weather is beautiful.
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Our 12 seats !
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On each seat there is a very thick blanket and a pillow.
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Still Batman on the screens.
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A lot of space for the legs and even more comfortable due to the fact that there is no one in front to recline the seatback.
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We continue our journey towards Bangkok.
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Before the movie is over, the Purser stops the video to show a movie about immigration. It looks chinese and not thai…
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The we are shown a movie about Thailand and the volume is way too loud !!! Nothing will be done to correct it.
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We fly over Suvarnabhumi, our final destination.
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We do a turn over the suburbs of the Thai Capital City.
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Rice fields on our final approach.
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We are not far from the runway.
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Smooth landing at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok international Airport !
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The french are leaving !
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A Thai Airways 77W
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KLM 77W
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A Finnair A330 is departing while a Transaero 747-400 arrives from Moscow.
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Turkish A330 and KLM 77W
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Another Transaero 747-400, there were another 4 Transaero airplanes on the ground when we arrived.
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This one is the one that arrived while Finnair was leaving.
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And we park next to it.
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The cabin attendant will draw the curtains for us to deplane first and will re-open them after we left the aircraft.
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One last glance at the cabin.
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We are waiting for the door to open…
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Now we have to walk to immigration which is located at the center of the terminal, I turn back and I see a flood of russians flowing out of the Transaero 747… My partner didn't want his wheelchair, he'll have to walk faster now.
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We arrive just before the russian wave and we go through immigration and our carousel to pick up our bags is just there !
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There's still time to buy a few more things !
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While we were waiting for our bags, here are the arrivals.
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We waited a little and the bags start to come out !
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Our bags will come out after some ten bags and we then go through customs before going to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi where we will spend the night as tomorrow morning we have a very early departure for Sukhothai.
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We do our check-in at the Executive Lounge where we are offered a Bale Fruit juice, ecvellent with honey !
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Our room is on the 5th floor, this is the reception and the lobby area from the lifts.
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Our room is looking over the swimming pool.
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Finally a bed after a long trip PPT-LAX-CAN-BKK !
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Next leg is BKK-THS on a Bangkok Airways ATR72-500.
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Verdict

China Southern

7.9/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment5.0
Meal/catering8.5

China Southern Business Class Lounge

8.0/10
Comfort8.5
Meal/catering7.5
Entertainment9.0
Services7.0

Guangzhou - CAN

7.2/10
Efficiency8.0
Access5.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.5

Bangkok - BKK

8.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access5.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

Excellent medium haul flight, very kind crew, meal was correct but then again with all we ate in the lounge, it was more than enough !

China Souther AIrlines is a rather good airline on international routes, far better than what I experienced on CAN-SYX-CAN...

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